Photo: UMass Lowell goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck carried his team to the 2013 Frozen Four, and he’ll likely be a major part of any success that his school experiences in 2013-14 in the tough Hockey East conference (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The 2013-14 season is shaping up to be another exciting year in Hockey East. And, with the University of Notre Dame added to the mix, the always hotly contested conference race is sure to get even hotter.
Photo: Minnesota State Mankato goaltender and New York Islanders prospect Stephon Williams will be an important piece in the Mavericks’ run at a conference title in the newly revamped WCHA (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
Hockey's Future looked at half of the 10 teams that make up the revamped WCHA conference in the first part of our conference preview. In part two, we preview the remaining five schools for the 2013-14 season.
Photo: While defenseman Graeme Strukoff and his University of Alabama-Huntsville teammates may not have a lot to celebrate in 2013-14, they enter a season as a member of an NCAA conference for the first time since 2009-10 (courtesy of Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
The revamped WCHA is comprised of ten teams that made up parts of last season’s WCHA, the now-defunct CCHA, and one of the two now former independent programs. The parity and the recent successes by some of the member schools make the WCHA very competitive and well worth watching in 2013-14.
Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Michael Mersch is expected to be one of the offensive leaders for the Badgers in his final NCAA season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Big Ten is one of two brand new conferences debuting in the NCAA this season. There’s much anticipation and excitement surrounding this new conference and, with 50 NHL prospects playing in the Big Ten this season, it is certain to be among the most-watched conferences.
Photo: Quinnipiac University forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Kellen Jones will be one of the main cogs in the Bobcats’ offensive attack in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
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.