Boston College freshman Colin White has been a key component to the success of the Eagles this season. He also played a significant role for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. earned a bronze medal.
After spending two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP), White exploded onto the NCAA hockey scene in his freshman season with the Eagles. A first round pick of the Ottawa Senators at the 2015 NHL Draft, White currently stands fourth in freshman scoring with 19 goals and 42 points in 40 games with an opportunity to add to those totals at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four.
Hockey’s Future caught up with White after practice on Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL to talk about his success with Boston College, Team USA, and being a Senators prospect.
Hockey’s Future: As a freshman, this is obviously your first time here at the Frozen Four. How has the experience been for you thus far?
Colin White: Being a freshman, it’s great being here. The team has done well all season, and we’re excited to be playing for a National Championship.
HF: You’ve been having a terrific season thus far. Walk me through how it all came together for you this season.
CW: When I first got (to Boston College), everyone made me feel really comfortable. I’ve been fortunate to play with some real good teammates like Fitzy (Ryan Fitzgerald) and (Alex) Tuch. So it’s been a fun team to be a part of.
HF: What was it like playing for Team USA at the World Junior Championship?
CW: It was great and it was crazy. Everyone is there to compete and working hard. And you’re playing against the best of the best. You know that you have to bring your ‘A’ game everyday to compete on a stage like that. That was an incredible feeling for me.
HF: What were the one or two things that you took away from that experience that has made you a better player?
CW: I think it has made me play a faster game because the games are so fast. Some of the guys that you’re competing against have already played in the NHL, so it’s just a lot faster.
HF: There’s also that possibility that you could face two of your former Team USA teammates in Brock Boeser (VAN) and Nick Schmaltz (CHI) in the National Championship game on Saturday. Any thoughts on that?
CW: I think it would be fun to be able to compete against them. We can maybe give crap to each other. (Laughs) So it would definitely be a lot of fun if it happens.
HF: Did you attend the Senators prospects camp this summer?
CW: I did.
HF: What was that experience like?
CW: It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from it. The level of play is definitely higher and I was able to learn about what it takes to play at that level. So it was a good experience.
HF: What was the one thing you learned from the camp that you’ve been able to bring to Boston College this season?
CW: I think just playing your game and have fun. They stressed playing your game and everything else will come (in your development). I also learned about the pro style and just what it takes to get to that level. So I’ve just focused on getting better so I’ll be able to play at the level one day.
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