2009-10: Eric Knodel played a season with Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. He scored three goals and 17 assists in 50 games with the team, before committing to New Hampshire for the next season.
2010-11: Knodel practiced with the University of New Hampshire as a freshman but did not see any action as the Wildcats’ core six defensemen played all 39 games. New Hampshire was second in Hockey East during the regular season and reached the NCAA Northeast Regional Final.
2011-12: Knodel skated in all 37 games for the University of New Hampshire as a red shirt freshman. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was plus-three with 24 penalty minutes. The Wildcats finished sixth in Hockey East and lost to Boston University in the league quarterfinals in a three-game series that featured two double-overtime games.
2012-13: Knodel played in 38 of 39 games for New Hampshire in his sophomore season and was the second-leading scorer amongst Wildcats defensemen. His 10 goals were the most amongst UNH defensemen and he had 11 assists, finishing +13 with 8 penalty minutes. The Wildcats finished in a three-way tie for third in Hockey East and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Northeast Regional after falling to Providence in a conference quarterfinal series. The Wildcats defeated Denver, 5-2, before falling to Massachusetts-Lowell, 2-0, in the Northeast Regional Final.
Knodel possesses great size and strong skating ability. Although large, he’s not a huge physical presence, and relies more on proper stick positioning then punishing body checks. He jumps into the rush, and can provide good offense from the point. Agility and coordination will be areas of focus moving forward, as will adjusting to the higher level of competition in the NCAA.
Knodel will return to New Hampshire in 2013-14 looking to build off a strong sophomore campaign.