Photo: Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber and his Miami University teammates will play in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2013-14 (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar / Icon SMI)
The NCAA college hockey landscape, as we knew it six months ago, will look vastly different this season with two new conferences making their debuts and the demise of a storied one.
Photo: A native of southern California, goaltender Thatcher Demko has worked his way onto the radars of many NHL teams in the past year. Demko is beginning his freshman season with Boston College. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
If the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game is any indication, the state of California will be well represented at the 2014 NHL Draft. Four California-born players participated in the September 26th exhibition game, led by forward Chase De Leo and goaltender Thatcher Demko, both of whom head into the 2013-14 season with an 'A' ranking from NHL Central Scouting.
Photo: 2014 prospect Austin Poganski will spend the 2013-14 season with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm before moving on to the University of North Dakota (courtesy of the Tri-City Storm)
When Austin Poganski takes the ice for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team this weekend at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, much will have changed since the St. Cloud, MN native made his red, white and blue debut last year.
Photo: University of North Dakota goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Zane Gothberg starred for the USHL’s Fargo Force before moving on to UND (courtesy of UND Athletics/Eric Classen)
Despite being a sixth round pick in 2010, Zane Gothberg has caught the attention of the Boston Bruins upper management as the University of North Dakota goaltender continues to impress.
Photo: Boston University defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk was one of the top rookies playing in Hockey East last season (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Being a 5'9” defenseman is no easy task, but Boston Bruins prospect and Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is making a quick impression.