Notre Dame Hockey | Dec. 31, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics
If you find yourself in the Compton Family Ice Arena during "A Hockey Night in South Bend," chances are you'll be seeing the number 21 - a lot.
Bryan Rust, the owner of the 21 sweater, is a senior alternate captain for this year's Fighting Irish squad and seems to always be on the ice. He is the definition of a utility player, earning heavy minutes during five-on-five play on the top line, filling in on the power play and being one of Notre Dame's top penalty killers.
But it wasn't always that way for Rust, whose journey from highly touted recruit to senior alternate captain wasn't without its speed bumps.
"As a freshman, we had a huge freshman class and we didn't really know what to expect," says Rust who had a productive freshman campaign in which he played in all but four of Notre Dame's outings, tallied 19 points and skated to an impressive +14.