“Our club has had nine or 10 players go to the Air Force Academy, but Matt is the only one I remember who was named captain in his first year with the club,” Sherman said. “He had that much of an impact on me once he got here and began working with the team.

“Historically, we do a vote for captain, but this was a circumstance where we’d moved most of the team from the season before on. Matt came in and led the group before he even had the title.”

Pulver played two seasons of high school hockey in his native Wisconsin and another at the 16U AAA level in Omaha (where he was when he committed to Air Force) before arriving in Colorado to close out his youth hockey career. 

Matt Pulver learned the value of hard work from Rampage coach Andrew Sherman — an ethic that has been apparent in Pulver's first three seasons at Air Force.

Matt Pulver learned the value of hard work from Rampage coach Andrew Sherman — an ethic that has been apparent in Pulver's first three seasons at Air Force. Photo courtesy of Air Force Athletics