Casey Roepke gets noticed for his skating ability, and the defenseman turned his biggest asset into an offer from the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team.
There's another layer to what put Roepke, a 15-year-old freshman at University School of Milwaukee, into the class of players who are talented enough to give verbal commitments at such a young age.
With Team Wisconsin, which plays before and after the high school season, he has been surrounded by several high-level players in his age group.
"He's elevated his game," said Brad Byce, who coached Roepke with Team Wisconsin's under-14 group last season. "The ability to showcase a kid when he's around a bunch of good, talented kids and going out and competing against the best teams in the country, it allows the Badgers staff to look at it and go, 'Yeah, I get it. this kid can really play.'"