Boston College (Hockey East), Minnesota (Big Ten), North Dakota (NCHC) and Union College (ECAC) comprise this year’s NCAA Frozen Four field taking place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. With the exception of North Dakota, all the teams in this year’s Frozen Four also played in the 2012 Frozen Four. Interestingly, Ferris State, who lost to North Dakota in the Midwest Regional final, was the other team in 2012.
The NCAA East Regional kicks off the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament and takes place on March 28th and 29th at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
Union College is the top seed in this regional and is joined by Quinnipiac, Providence College and Vermont. The four teams have a combined 13 NHL prospects on their rosters, the fewest of all the regionals.
The ECAC is one of two NCAA conferences that remain intact this season. And there are no changes to the membership in the foreseeable future.
In the first of two parts, Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the six non-Ivy League programs in the ECAC that will feature 11 NHL prospects spread among five of the teams. Quinnipiac leads all non-Ivies with five, followed by Clarkson with three. St. Lawrence is the only non-Ivy league program without an NHL prospect on their roster this season.
This season, the ECAC features 23 NHL prospects. All member schools except St. Lawrence and Union College have at least one prospect on their roster. Harvard leads all conference schools with eight prospects, followed by Cornell with seven, and Clarkson and Colgate with five apiece.
The first installment looks at the six non-Ivy League schools.
The reigning ECAC regular season champions will look to successfully defend their crown when they open their 2011-12 season on October 8th at Army.
Union College was one of the best stories coming out of ECAC last season. The Dutchmen captured their first-ever ECAC regular season title and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since becoming a D-I program in 1991. This season, Union College will look to build on last season’s success. But since their magical season ended, there have been some changes to the team.