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2017

College Credit

NHL teams rely more and more on NCAA alumni By Chris Peters Carl Hagelin was one of 13 former NCAA players to get their name on the Stanley Cup with the 2016 Penguins.   When the Pittsburgh Penguins skated the…

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2017

Penguins sign coveted college free agent Zach Aston-Reese to two-year deal

By Jason Mackey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Billie Weiss/Getty Images Northeastern’s Zach Aston-Reese celebrates after a goal against Harvard during the Beanpot Tournament in February 2016. Aston-Reese signed with the Penguins on Tuesday.   PHILADELPHIA — With his classes at Northeastern…

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2016

NHL player agents call for changes to CHL’s “dirty little secret”

By Rick Westhead   Several of hockey’s most prominent player agents — whose companies collectively represent about one-third of active NHLers — say the Canadian Hockey League needs to relax its policy of voiding educational scholarships 18 months after a…

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2016

Record 66 NCAA Players Sign NHL Deals

Influx of NCAA talent continues to flow to NHL ranks. 2015 NCAA champion Mark Jankowski signed an entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames (Photo by ESPN Photos).   A record 66 players from NCAA hockey have signed NHL contracts this…

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2016

NCAA Set for Another Big Draft Year

Nearly half of all programs have players featured on NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List for 2017 NHL Draft.   After a record setting 2016 NHL Draft, NCAA hockey is poised for another big year among draft-eligible players in 2017. Sixty-eight…

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2016

NCAA College Hockey vs. CHL Major Junior

  Talented college hockey players face a choice at a young age as to where to pursue their dreams – two paths that can both lead to the NHL, but have a number of differences between them. On one hand…

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2016

And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story….. “A Guy Like Me”

  “Hey, John, can we talk for a second?” I guess I should have known. But I have absolutely no idea what’s coming. I’m in the weight room, hanging out with the guys, when my GM asks me to take…

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2016

The Littlest Things Matter Most

By  David MacDonald   Jimmy Johnson once said, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” It is the little things that often make the biggest difference. There are two identical hockey players who I know. Both are…

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2015

Undersized St. Louis always made big impression

By Adam Kimelman – NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor   Nearly two decades later, Craig Ramsay still remembers the smallest player on the ice at the start of Ottawa Senators training camp in 1997. Ramsay was an assistant coach, and there among Alexei…

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2015

Transition Season – by Sean Avery

by Sean Avery In my 11 years in the NHL, I cannot recall a single season when two teammates didn’t fight each other at practice. I mean full-on taking swings. Then, when it was over, without fail, they would hug…

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