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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota’s Wolanin blazing own path to pro game

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota’s Wolanin blazing own path to pro game

Photo: University of North Dakota defenseman and Ottawa Senators prospect Christian Wolanin celebrates one of the four goals he has scored in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Sons of former NHL players are a unique breed. They are privy to what life can be like playing in the top professional league in the world. But, while most choose to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, not all follow the same path. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Clifton’s maturity and expanded role paying dividends for Quinnipiac

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Clifton’s maturity and expanded role paying dividends for Quinnipiac

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton (#4) posted a +1 rating in the semi-final game vs. Boston College at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

Quinnipiac University junior defenseman Connor Clifton has come a long way since arriving in Hamden, CT over three years ago. The Matawan, NJ native began his collegiate career as a menacing presence on the blueline who also racked up the penalty minutes. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Boeser reaping rewards of strong freshman season at North Dakota

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Boeser reaping rewards of strong freshman season at North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser notched a pair of assists in the Fighting Hawks 4-2 win over the University of Denver in the semi-finals of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

Freshman sensation Brock Boeser is a part of the University of North Dakota’s dynamic “CBS” line. He has performed as advertised and them some this season, as he is one of the nation’s most dominant freshmen. He earned the NCHC Rookie of the Year honor and was among the top candidates for the National Rookie of the Year award, an honor won Friday by Michigan’s Kyle Connor. Read more »

Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

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Harvard’s Vesey takes home Hobey, Demko, Connor honored, All-Americans named

Photo: Harvard University forward Jimmy Vesey was named the recipient of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award signifying the top player in all of U.S. college hockey, his second consecutive year as a finalist for that award (courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images)

In the calm before the NCAA championship game storm that will take place on Saturday night in Tampa, U.S. college hockey handed out their top awards for the 2015-16 season. Those awards included the Tim Taylor Award, the Mike Richter Award, and the award designating the top player in all of NCAA hockey, the Hobey Baker Award. Read more »

Breakthrough campaigns propel Carolina Hurricanes prospects up the top 20

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Breakthrough campaigns propel Carolina Hurricanes prospects up the top 20

Photo: Jaccob Slavin has established himself as an important piece of Carolina’s future during his rookie season. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner may be the most accomplished rookie in Carolina Hurricanes history, the progress made by several prospects this year—including some at the NHL level—makes this current crop of prospects intriguing and promising. Read more »

Linkoping’s Hogberg tops short list of NHL goaltending properties competing in Sweden

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Linkoping’s Hogberg tops short list of NHL goaltending properties competing in Sweden

Photo: Linkoping HC goaltender and Ottawa Senators prospect Marcus Hogberg posted a 14-8-5 record with two shutouts in SHL play in the 2015-16 campaign (courtesy of IFK Helsinki/Champions Hockey League via Getty Images)

As far as the NHL Draft is concerned, hardly a year has gone by in the past decade without a Swedish goalie being taken at some point during the proceedings. In recent years, the count is three in 2015, three in 2014, and two in 2013. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota makes long-awaited return to title game after win over Denver

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: North Dakota makes long-awaited return to title game after win over Denver

Photo: University of North Dakota forward Nick Schmaltz slides the puck past University of Denver goaltender Tanner Jaillet to score the game-winning goal as the Fighting Hawks downed the Pioneers 4-2 to move on to the title game at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

A meeting of NCHC rivals went down to the wire in the second semi-final game at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, with the University of North Dakota’s Nick Schmaltz scoring a late goal to break a 2-2 tie that sent the Fighting Hawks on to a 4-2 win over the University of Denver at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Quinnipiac edges Boston College to advance to National Championship game

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Quinnipiac edges Boston College to advance to National Championship game

Photo: Quinnipiac University goaltender Michael Garteig flashes the leather to make a last-second glove stop of an Ian McCoshen shot to preserve the Bobcats’ 3-2 win over Boston College in the first semi-final game of the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida (courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images)

A goal scored in the second period goal by Landon Smith and an electrifying, last-second glove stop by goaltender Michael Garteig provided the difference as Quinnipiac University moved on to the title game with a 3-2 semi-final win over Boston College at the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more »

2016 NHL Draft: Gambrell takes own path to success at Denver

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2016 NHL Draft: Gambrell takes own path to success at Denver

Photo: University of Denver forward and 2016 prospect Dylan Gambrell played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL for three seasons before competing for the Pioneers in 2015-16 (courtesy of RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

University of Denver freshman forward Dylan Gambrell is one of the top draft-eligible collegians for the 2016 NHL Draft. He centers the Pioneers electrifying “Pacific Rim” line that also features sophomore Danton Heinen (BOS) and junior Trevor Moore. Read more »

2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Poganski helps power North Dakota’s imposing “Heavy” line

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2016 NCAA Frozen Four: Poganski helps power North Dakota’s imposing “Heavy” line

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Austin Poganski (#14) has improved his point total from last season by 10 points, scoring nine goals and 24 points in 42 games so far in 2015-16 (courtesy of Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

At 6’2” and 204 pounds, University of North Dakota sophomore winger Austin Poganski isn’t hard to miss. But the St. Cloud, MN native is about a lot more than just his imposing build. Read more »

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