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Strategic Decisions

2017

Draft Watch List Released

Nearly 100 current or future NCAA players highlighted in NHL Central Scouting rankings. First-round NHL Draft prospect Quinn Hughes made his Michigan debut in an exhibition win on Saturday.   Two current freshmen – Michigan’s Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla./U.S. NTDP)…

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2017

“The best of two worlds”

  BY SZYMON SZEMBERG Reprinted from 2012   For Swede Stålberg, college hockey proved to be the right thing   Unusual Swedes: While most Swedes in the NHL came through professional hockey in their home country, Viktor Stålberg (left) made…

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2017

Mitch Meek brings wealth of experience to Michigan Tech

  By: Daver Karnosky Penticton Vees photo Huskies incoming defenseman Mitch Meek looks on during a game for the Capitals in the British Columbia Hockey League.   HOUGHTON — With the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team’s defensive corps in need…

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2017

NHL, NHLPA Support NCAA Growth

  Industry Growth Fund to finance feasibility studies for potential programs, starting at U. of Illinois Gary Bettman, Mathieu Schneider, John McDonough, Josh Whitman, Terry Pegula and Pat Kelleher spoke at Friday’s announcement.   The NHL and NHLPA are committed…

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2017

Drafting from NCAA Produces Success

Players in 2006-13 drafts who spent their draft year in college outperforming others. St. Cloud State’s Ryan Poehling could be the first current NCAA player selected in the 2017 NHL Draft.   When St. Cloud State freshman Ryan Poehling decided to accelerate his high…

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2017

Why College Hockey?

By Mr. G For more than 100 years, college hockey has been a breeding ground for outstanding hockey players and people. Today college hockey players make a bigger impact in the NHL than they ever have, with more than 30%…

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2017

The Rise of “De-Commitments” in NCAA Hockey Recruiting

  From The Neutral Zone Web Site . Posted on April 14, 2017     Words themselves can take on different meanings, it’s the context that gives the word its place. The term “commitment” can be an obligation; I can’t…

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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

A Hockey Family

    By Emily Iannaconi From lift, to practice, to meetings, to games, student-athletes are hardly ever without their teammates. Senior assistant hockey captain Mike Barrett does not mind though because his teammates are also his best friends. “You never…

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2017

Leaving home to pursue hockey tough on families

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Jonathan Toews still remembers the conversation with his mother well. Just a few weeks after leaving home at the age of 15 to attend school and play hockey at prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minneapolis,…

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