A Dallas, TX. native, Chase Laukhuf, left home at the age of 15 to pursue his passion of hockey. His career took him to rinks across North America before landing him in Spartan Arena.
“Attending Castleton was perfect for me,” he said. “The small and intimate setting helped me feel like I mattered to everyone I met.”
In 2012, after Laukhuf felt his final chill of Spartan Arena, he turned his tassel with his bachelor’s of history in hand. Beyond his degree, he said the support he received from the Castleton community influenced not only his student-athlete experience, but also the person he aspired to become.
“Even when things don’t go the way you hoped, if you are lucky enough, there will be people in this world who will love you and push you to be the best version of yourself no matter what,” said Laukhuf.
As a Spartan, Laukhuf said he learned to value teamwork and one of his greatest obstacles to overcome was adjusting his personal style of play to that of the team methodology. He said his perseverance and the significance of the community he found while wearing Castleton green came together in the moment he netted his first collegiate goal.
“I still have the puck from that game and look at it frequently,” said Laukhuf.
Today, Laukhuf said he remains close with his former teammates and credits them with helping him to pursue a career in the United States military, of which he is currently an officer in the infantry branch.
“I still use my former teammates as a sounding board for decisions I have to make,” he said.
Laukhuf said he still finds time to hit the ice with the Vermont Enforcers, a team comprised of military and police personnel.
“I am excited to once more be able to be surrounded by a band of brothers and experience the camaraderie I felt as a Spartan,” he said.