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2015 Frozen Four: Providence College rides two late goals to first national championship

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2015 Frozen Four: Providence College rides two late goals to first national championship

Photo: The Providence College Friars pose with the National Championship trophy after defeating Boston University by a 4-3 score in the 2015 Frozen Four at TD Garden in Boston, MA (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

It took them 30 years to get back to the championship game, not to mention some much needed puck luck to be in a position to win it, but Providence College finally earned their first National Championship as they defeated Boston University by a 4-3 score at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more »

2015 Frozen Four Gallery: Five players to watch for Boston University

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2015 Frozen Four Gallery: Five players to watch for Boston University

Photo: Boston University defenseman-turned-forward Ahti Oksanen has been a revelation up front, posting 24 goals and 36 points in 39 games this season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

With the 2015 Frozen Four taking place at the TD Garden in Boston, MA, the Boston University Terriers won’t have far to travel to compete in the NCAA championship game. The Terriers will take on the Providence College Friars to decide the college hockey champion for the 2014-15 season. BU has had a big turnaround season, and features a roster laden with quality talent. HF takes a look at five of those talented players in this Frozen Four gallery. Read more »

2015 Frozen Four Gallery: Five players to watch for Providence College

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2015 Frozen Four Gallery: Five players to watch for Providence College

Photo: Providence College junior forward Nick Saracino leads his team in scoring this season with 38 points in 39 games (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

The Providence College Friars will take the ice at TD Garden in Boston, MA to do battle with the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA championship game at the 2015 Frozen Four. While the Friars may lack some of the firepower of the Hockey East rival Terriers, their lineup nevertheless features some talented players worth a look. Five of those players are featured in this Frozen Four gallery below. Read more »

2015 Frozen Four Preview: BU, Providence showdown has conference and regional flavor

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2015 Frozen Four Preview: BU, Providence showdown has conference and regional flavor

Photo: Boston University defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk and Providence College forward Ross Mauermann will captain their teams in the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four title game (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire and Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

On paper, the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four title game looks like a David vs. Goliath matchup, pitting smaller Providence College (Enrollment: 5,000) against the storied and larger Boston University (Enrollment: 33,000). Read more »

Prospect Faceoff: Frozen Four prospects, CHL second-round action

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Prospect Faceoff: Frozen Four prospects, CHL second-round action

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel and Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies are Hockey East players going head-to-head in this weekend’s NCAA Forzen Four championship game (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

It’s an exciting time of year for Prospect Faceoff, as the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four comes to a conclusion with the championship game featuring NHL prospects from two Hockey East schools. Meanwhile, all three CHL leagues have advanced to the second round of the playoffs as a trio of games are worth a look. Read more »

2015 Frozen Four: Boston University advances to title game with 5-3 win over North Dakota

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2015 Frozen Four: Boston University advances to title game with 5-3 win over North Dakota

Photo: Boston University forward Jack Eichel (#9, lower right) watches his backhand shot enter the net to give BU the early 1-0 lead. Eichel scored two goals and added an assist in his team’s 5-3 win over the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

While it was by no means a one-man performance, Boston University forward Jack Eichel provided further proof of why he is considered a lock to be chosen second overall at the 2015 NHL Draft. Eichel and his BU teammates defeated a determined University of North Dakota squad, 5-3, in the second semi-final contest at the 2015 Frozen Four in Boston, MA. Read more »

Vancouver Canucks possess limited prospect depth in NCAA hockey and Euro leagues

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Vancouver Canucks possess limited prospect depth in NCAA hockey and Euro leagues

Photo: Vancouver Canucks prospect Patrick McNally has been one of college hockey’s best defensemen when healthy. (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Vancouver’s prospect pool is largely a professional group this season. Though the Canucks have looked to the United States college path as a developmental course with great success in the past (Ryan Kesler, Cory Schneider, R.J. Umberger, Adrian Aucoin), the last significant draft selection was 2009’s first round pick used on Jordan Schroeder, who disappointed as a Canuck. Boston College’s Thatcher Demko will look to reverse that trend.

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2015 Frozen Four: Providence overwhelms inexperienced Nebraksa-Omaha in 4-1 semi-final win

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2015 Frozen Four: Providence overwhelms inexperienced Nebraksa-Omaha in 4-1 semi-final win

Photo: Providence College forward Nick Saracino fires home an empty net goal in his team’s 4-1 win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha at the 2015 Frozen Four. Saracino’s goal was his third point of the game (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

On paper, the 2015 Frozen Four semi-final matchup of Providence College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha looked like a potentially tight NCAA contest. And it was close on the scoreboard heading into the third period, with the Friars up 2-0 on the Mavericks. Read more »

2015 Frozen Four Preview: Storied programs go head-to-head as Boston University, North Dakota faceoff

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2015 Frozen Four Preview: Storied programs go head-to-head as Boston University, North Dakota faceoff

Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel are a pair of nine’s that led their schools in scoring in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

While the first semi-final game at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four features two schools with little or no history at this event, the second game of the day pits two schools – Boston University and the University of North Dakota – with a combined 63 appearances and 43 titles between them. Read more »

No shortage of collegiate, European prospects in Chicago Blackhawks system

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No shortage of collegiate, European prospects in Chicago Blackhawks system

Photo: Chicago prospect Anthony Louis helped Miami reach the NCAA Tournament with a 36 point sophomore campaign. (courtesy of Tim Zechar/Icon Sportswire)

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has seen the enormous potential in scouting both European and collegiate players, and nothing shows this more than his recent draft history. In the last two drafts, 12 of Bowman’s 17 selections would skate in either the NCAA or Europe the very next season. 
 
There’s clearly no rush to get these young guns to the NHL just yet, so allowing these prospects to perfect their game in their respective leagues has been crucial for their development. Several Blackhawks prospects will also have a chance for an NCAA Championship at the 2015 Frozen Four as well.

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