Add another name to the long list of Culver Academies alumni who have participated in the Olympics.
Thomas Rüfenacht ’03 (Ruefenacht while at Culver) is playing for the Swiss men’s hockey team in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Swiss lost their first game earlier today against Canada, 5-1.
In Group A, the Swiss will also play Korea on Saturday and the Czech Republic on Sunday.
The 32-year-old forward has been playing for SC Bern since 2014 and has a contract that runs through 2020. He has been playing hockey in Switzerland since 2003 after learning of the opportunity to play professionally from Canadian hockey coach Andy Murray.
Rüfenacht was born in Switzerland but moved to the United States when his father was transferred by work. He started playing hockey while in the United States and was a forward for the CMA prep team, which was Varsity A at the time.
He has represented Switzerland in international play since 2012, having played in 42 games with one goal and eight assists. Rüfenacht has also been a member of two Swiss Cup championship teams with SC Bern.