In 2014-15 and 2015-16, Rose began the season elsewhere before coming home to play for the then-Hounds.
For the 2016-17 season, the local native committed to the entire season with the renamed North Stars and posted a team-best 81 points on 38 goals and 43 assists, also good to place among the top scorers in the USPHL’s USP3HL Midwest Division. Rose added nine points in eight playoff games as TC made it to the USP3HL national championship series.
Then last week, the accolades continued for Rose as he committed to attend and play hockey at Trine University, a school located in Angola, Ind., that will have a first-year hockey program with an NCAA Division III team and an ACHA Division II team.
Rose is the second Traverse City college commitment this offseason, following forward Austin Flores, who committed to Marian University last month.
“At the beginning of this past season, I started doing some research on NCAA D-III schools for this coming fall,” said Rose, who served as a co-captain with the North Stars in 2016-17. “I found Trine University and noticed they’ll have a brand-new hockey program this coming fall, which seemed like an awesome opportunity. I applied to the school, visited, and talked to both Coach Mayes and Coach Todd and knew it would be a great fit for me.
“The school has a great business program, which I am planning on majoring in. The hockey program, being its first year, really excited me. Having the opportunity to be a part of something like that really caught my attention. I think my role on the team will be me being a strong two-way forward that can score, make plays and be strong in the defensive zone. Off the ice, I would like to be seen as a hard worker who doesn’t take any shortcuts.”
Over the course of his time with the Hounds and North Stars (and before that, with Traverse City Central High School), Rose said he has much to remember, including scoring the clutch, game-winning goal that sealed the last-ever MWJHL championship for TC in 2015.
“What I will remember the most about the Traverse City North Stars is the loyalty by everyone surrounding the team,” said Rose. “Starting with my teammates, they were fantastic every year. The coaches did everything they could to move players on and the fans who came to Centre Ice every weekend to cheer us on. I’ll never forget them.”
In committing to move on to the college game, Rose reflected on who helped get him there.
“I could go on and on with thank yous, but first and foremost, my parents,” Rose said. “They’ve spent countless hours and lots of money allowing me to play the game that I love most. Secondly, my coaches and teammates this year who did everything they could for me to make my experience with the North Stars the best it could be. And finally, all my previous coaches and teammates who have made high school and junior hockey so memorable.”
And with the North Stars organization growing and improving each season, any player that dons the jersey should have lofty expectations, according to Rose.
“Here in Traverse City (aka Hockeytown North), you get exactly what you expect – loyal fans who will support you every chance they get, excellent coaches who will help you and coach you with whatever you need, and great teammates who will stand by your side throughout the season,” said Rose. “My advice for future players in TC is to leave everything you have on the ice every time you’re out there. You’ll blink and your junior years are over.
“Cherish every moment.”