Joel Rumpel


Swift Current Saskatchewan

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Signed as free agent, 2015


190 lbs.

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2007-08: Joel Rumpel played for the Swift Current Legionnaires midget AAA team in Sasketchewan, sharing the goaltending duties with Matthew D’Orazio. Playing for a Legionnaires team that was frequently overmatched, Rumpel was 5-21-1 with 1 shutout and had a 4.69 goals against and .889 save percentage. 

2008-09: Rumpel played in 38 of 44 games for the Swift Current Legionnaires in his second season of midget AAA hockey. He was 18-15-4 with 1 shutout and had a 2.94 goals against and .921 save percentage. Swift Current finished 11th in the 12-team league. 

2009-10: Rumpel skated for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees in his first season of junior hockey. Splitting the goaltending duties with Princeton University recruit Sean Bonar, he was 19-3 with 2 shutouts in 24 regular season games and had a 1.97 goals against and .920 save percentage. The Vees had the BCHL’s second best record, winning 48 of 60 games and finished second to Vernon in the Interior Conference. Penticton reached the Interior Conference finals, falling to the Vipers in six games. Rumpel committed to playing college hockey at the University of Wisconsin in 2011-12 in February 2010. 

2010-11: Rumpel returned to Penticton, skating in 45 of 60 regular season games in his second season with the Vees. He was 27-12-3 with 1 shutout and had a 2.53 goals against and .911 save percentage. Penticton finished second in the Interior Division and swept Quesnel in a preliminary series before falling to Salmon Arms in the semifinals. Rumpel was 5-4 in nine playoff games with a 2.45 goals against and .896 save percentage. 

2011-12: Rumpel emerged as the starting goalie for the University of Wisconsin as a freshman. He was 12-12-2 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.48 goals against and .919 save percentage. The Badgers finished an uncharacteristic 10th in the WCHA and suffered through just the third losing season since Head Coach Mike Eaves took over in 2002-03.

2012-13: Rumpel played in 29 of 42 games for the University of Wisconsin in his sophomore season. He was 19-9-4 with four shutouts and had a 1.96 goals against and .929 save percentage. The Badgers defeated Colorado College, 3-2, in the WCHA Broadmoor Trophy championship game to earn an NCAA tournament berth after finishing in a three-way tie for third in the regular season. Wisconsin lost to Hockey East champion Massachusetts-Lowell, 6-1, in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.

2013-14: Rumpel returned to Madison for his junior season at Wisconsin. He appeared in 29 games and was 21-6-1 with 2 shutouts, posting a 2.07 goals against and .929 save percentage. Playing in the newly-formed Big 10 Hockey conference, the Badgers finished second in the regular season and earned an NCAA Tournament berth, defeating Ohio State 5-4 in overtime in the inaugural conference tournament championship game. Wisconsin lost 5-2 to North Dakota in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals. 

2014-15: Rumpel signed a one-year entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks in March 2015 following his senior season at the University of Wisconsin; making his professional hockey debut with the ECHL’s Allen Americans. In four regular season games with the Americans he was 3-0-1 with a 1.68 goals against and .910 save percentage. Rumpel and minor league veteran Riley Gill split the goaltending duties for Allen during the Kelly Cup playoffs. Rumpel faced a much larger workload in his final season of college hockey. In 31 games for the Badgers he was 4-23-4 with one shutout and had a 3.49 goals against and .902 save percentage. Wisconsin won just four games all season and was eliminated by Michigan, 5-1, in the Big Ten quarterfinals; the worst season in Madison since the Badgers’ program returned to the varsity level in 1963.

Talent Analysis

Rumpel is a big goalie who uses his size to advantage and does not give up on a play. A bit rigid in his movements at times, he relies on sound positioning and the ability to play his angles. Rumpel has shown the ability to handle a heavy workload and does not let goals linger, focusing on the next scoring chance.


Rumpel was signed as a free agent by the Sharks in March 2015 despite playing on a Wisconsin team that had one of the worst records in college hockey in 2014-15. His play with the ECHL's Allen Americans late in the season and in the playoffs suggest that he has some potential as a pro. Long-term Rumpel appears to have a significant challenge ahead of him — both in terms of goaltending depth in the Sharks' organization and in continuing to develop his game — if he is to reach the NHL level.

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