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Freshman Cammarata providing offense for Gophers

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Taylor Cammarata - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and New York Islanders prospect Taylor Cammarata (#13) and his Golden Gophers teammates celebrate Justin Holl’s last-second goal that sent Minnesota to the national championship game at the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Forward Taylor Cammarata is part of the University of Minnesota’s excellent group of freshmen that have been significant contributors to the team’s march to the National Championship game this season. The Plymouth, MN native currently ranks third on the team in rookie scoring with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 37 games to date.

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Gostisbehere’s balanced approach to defense paying dividends for Dutchmen

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Shayne Gostisbehere - Union College

Photo: Union Coillege junior defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Shayne Gostisbehere ranks sixth in scoring for the Dutchmen with 31 points in 41 games (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Junior defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has been a big reason behind the recent success of Union College. The Margate, FL native currently ranks second on the Dutchmen roster in scoring by a defenseman with 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 41 games to date. Gostisbehere also is tied for second on the team with a +26 rating. He logs among the most minutes of any player on Union College’s roster and plays in all situations.

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River Hawks’ Hellebuyck takes home Mike Richter Award

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Connor Hellebuyck - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: Former University of Massachusetts Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck missed out on another shot at a national championship but attended the Frozen Four festivities to pick up the Mike Richter Award as college hockey’s top goaltender in 2013-14 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Now former University of Massachusetts Lowell sophomore standout Connor Hellebuyck (WPG) was named the winner of the inaugural Mike Richter Award as college hockey's top goaltender in a ceremony at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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Gaudreau, Dowd head 2013-14 All-American selections

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Mike Reilly - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly turned in a season worthy of an All-American selection, and he and his Golden Gophers teammates will try to land a national championship at the Frozen Four on Saturday night (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

The 2013-14 American College Hockey Coaches Association CCM All-American Teams were announced on Friday in Philadelphia, PA. Of the 25 players, 18 are NHL-drafted and three are recent NHL free agent signees.

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BC’s Gaudreau caps NCAA career with Hobey Baker Award

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Johnny Gaudreau - 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

Photo: Boston College junior forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau took college hockey’s top honor, the Hobey Baker Award, then signed his first NHL contract with the Flames (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

To no one’s surprise, Boston College junior Johnny Gaudreau was named the winner of the 2014 Hobey Baker Award as announced on Friday at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

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2014 Frozen Four: Union College, Minnesota to meet for National Championship

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Seth Ambroz (Minnesota) and Zane Gothberg (North Dakota) - 2014 Frozen Four

Photo: University of Minnesota forward Seth Ambroz celebrates teammate Justin Holl’s last second, game-winning goal as stunned University of North Dakota goaltender Zane Gothberg looks on in Minnesota’s 2-1 semi-final win over North Dakota at the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

Union College junior Daniel Ciampini and University of Minnesota senior defenseman Justin Holl (CHI) made this year’s NCAA Frozen Four semi-final games ones to remember.

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Eagles’ Savage very much a product of the California hockey boom

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Scott Savage - Boston College

Photo: Boston College freshman defenseman and 2014 prospect Scott Savage has played in 34 games for the Eagles so far in 2013-14, scoring four goals and adding 14 assists in those appearances (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Defenseman Scott Savage played for one of California’s most storied youth programs. Today, he plays for one of college hockey’s most storied programs.

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BC’s Demko mindful of the part his California roots have played in his success

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko will enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked goaltender according to the NHL’s Central Scouting (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko is one of the rising stars in college hockey. He is also the top-ranked collegian eligible for the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.

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Schmaltz one of a trio of defenders providing offense for North Dakota

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Jordan Schmaltz - St. Louis Blues

Photo: University of North Dakota defenseman and St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Schmaltz along with Edmonton prospect Dillon Simpson and Chicago prospect Nick Mattson have generated 68 points from the blueline in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sophomore Jordan Schmaltz (STL) is in the midst of a breakout season with the University of North Dakota and is one of college hockey’s rising young defensemen. The Verona, WI native currently co-leads the team with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 40 games. He and senior defensive partner Dillon Simpson (EDM) comprised arguably the NCHC’s best defensive tandem this season.

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North Dakota’s Grimaldi part of growing Cali contingent playing NCAA hockey

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Rocco Grimaldi - University of North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi was third in scoring on the ND roster in 2012-13 but is leading the offense this season with 39 points in 41 games (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

At 5’6” and 172 pounds, Rocco Grimaldi is one of the smallest players in all of college hockey, but he is also one of the most dynamic. The Rossmoor, CA native’s developmental progress has allowed him to reach new heights and become more of a rounded player. Grimaldi currently leads the University of North Dakota with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games to date.

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