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Beyond Tomorrow: Spencer a top defenseman from his OHL draft class but still has work to do

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Matt Spencer - Peterborough Petes

Photo: Peterborough Petes defenseman and 2015 prospect Matt Spencer finished the 2014 OHL playoffs with four assists in 11 games for the Petes (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

As the oldest continually operating franchise in the Ontario Hockey League, the Peterborough Petes knew they had to do right by their fans and not miss the playoffs for a fourth year in a row. The Petes and general manager Mike Oke had the third overall pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection and the opportunity to select a franchise defenseman they could build their team around for the next few years.

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Toronto Maple Leafs have small group of prospects playing in college and Europe

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Teemu Hartikainen - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Teemu Hartikainen was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade on January 31st, 2014. Hartikainen spent the 2013-14 season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev Ufa. (courtesy of ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP/Getty Images)

For the greater part of the last decade, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been reluctant to draft outside of the CHL in the first round. Sure, they selected NCAA-bound Tyler Biggs in 2011, but just a season later he was playing for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

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Union College takes NCAA hockey crown with 7-4 win over Minnesota

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Union College - 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey National Champions

Photo: The Union College hockey team poses with the NCAA trophy after notching a 7-4 win over the University of Minnesota in the title game at the 2014 Frozen Four in Philadelphia, PA (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

For the second consecutive year, an ECAC team has won the college hockey National Championship. Last year, it was Yale that took home the trophy, but this year it was the Union College Dutchmen who claimed their first-ever NCAA title on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

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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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