Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship, picking up seven points in five games (courtesy of uce Bennett/Getty Images)
A year after capturing the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia, the Americans finished out of medal contention this year with a fifth-place finish. Although Team USA as a whole played well in the tournament, the team couldn’t quite find the same magic at this year's WJC.
Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jordan Greenway played for Team USA at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, picking up five points in six games for the gold medal squad (courtesy of Tom Sorensen/USA Hockey)
In 1996, JP Parise, father of Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, was approached to take over a fledgling hockey program for a small but well known boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. Since then, the program has gone on to win multiple national championships at all levels of minor hockey while attracting the services of young talented stars like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Nathan MacKinnon.
Photo: University of Notre Dame forward and Washington Capitals prospect Thomas DiPauli has struggled with injuries so far in 2013-14, but still managed to make Team USA’s World Junior Championship squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Tommy DiPauli would call his biography “The Story of Sketchy Dips.” As a kid, his favorite television show was the “Powerpuff Girls.” His celebrity crush is Thor. Yes, DiPauli is one of a kind.
Photo: University of Michigan forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Tyler Motte has been productive as a freshman, picking up nine points (5G, 4A) in 18 games for the Wolverines (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
NCAA players Tyler Motte, Thomas Di Pauli, and Danny O’Regan all have something in common.
It’s not that they are all in the same class as Motte is a freshman, while Di Pauli and O’Regan are sophomores. Nor are they teammates, since Motte plays for the University of Michigan, Di Pauli is at Notre Dame, and O’Regan plays for Boston University.
Photo: University of Michigan forward and Buffalo Sabres prospect JT Compher is one of a growing number of young players from Illinois to be drafted ny NHL teams (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
As long as Brady Skjei can remember, he wanted to be a Minnesota Gopher. His grandfather Stan Skjei and relative Brett Sadek both played football at the University of Minnesota and like many other players born in the self-proclaimed State of Hockey, Skjei went to many games at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis hoping to one day be on the other side of the Plexiglas representing the school as a student-athlete.