Caleb Rule Commits to Providence College
Lincoln, NE - Stars forward Caleb Rule announced his commitment to Providence College this afternoon. Rule made the decision after being impressed by a Friars program fresh off an NCAA DI Frozen Four appearance.
"I like what Coach Nate Leaman is doing with the team," he said. "I think they're moving in the right direction. I think they're consistently moving players onto the next level. I think the style that they play fits me and my speed. It's pretty clear with the six consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament that they're building a culture there that is right for college hockey and I want to be a part of it."
After coming to Lincoln in an offseason trade with Central Illinois, Rule notched a career-high 13 goals and 22 points in 55 games in 2018-19. He opened the season with an overtime game-winner against the Chicago Steel in the USHL's Fall Classic in Pittsburgh.
"For somebody who doesn't know a lot about my game, I think they should know I like to play with pace, which I think is my biggest asset," said Rule. "I think once my speed can take over and I can get around defenders, I think my skill and vision of finding my teammates low helps to create scoring chances and then put pucks in the back of the net."
Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the college made a strong impression on Rule beyond just their hockey program.
"They just put a new recovery building for all the athletes on campus," he said. "They have cryotherapy, massage, the whole nine yard in terms of a place for athletes to go to put everything aside-put hockey aside, put school aside and just relax and recover for the games."
In his two years in the USHL, Rule has played 92 games split between the Tri-City Storm, the Central Illinois Flying Aces, and the Stars. He feels he's grown significantly from that valuable experience.
"I think it's taught me that at the next level there's always somebody who's trying to take your job, so it's a fight every day to earn your spot and your ice time," he said. "I think it's just taught me a lot about life too. This is how things work, and if you want to make it to the next level you need to act like a pro and go about your business like a pro."
As the Lansing, Michigan native leaves Lincoln, he will cherish the relationships he built with his Stars teammates this season.
"I think all of the boys there," said Rule. "I think we were a close team. I liked all of the guys. I was friends with all of them. I feel like we all gelled well and a lot of friendships and memories were made in Lincoln that I will have with me for the rest of my life."
With the exciting new opportunity ahead, Rule was grateful to all those that have helped him along the journey.
"I want to thank my coaches, family, friends, and most importantly God."
Head Coach Cody Chupp spoke for his staff in expressing their excitement for Rule.
"We're very excited for Caleb," said Chupp. "We appreciate everything that he did during his time in Lincoln. We wish him the best of luck in Providence, and we look watching him succeed at the next level."
The Stars organization thanks Caleb for all his hard work and wishes him nothing but the best in college and beyond!
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