Photo: Quinnipiac's Jordan Samuels-Thomas (C) had this first period opportunity in the national championship game, but Yale goaltender Jeff Malcolm (L) was equal to the task as defenseman Mitch Witek (R) looks on. All three players were named to HF's All-Frozen Four Team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The 2013 Frozen Four featured many spectacular individual performances, with several players achieving career milestones. Below is the Hockey’s Future All-Frozen Four Team. All six players were selected based not only on their individual play, but on how their play contributed to their team’s success.
Photo: Yale captain Andrew Miller pads the Bulldogs lead with this third period goal on Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell to give his team a 3-0 lead. Yale would go on to win the game, 4-0, making them the 2013 NCAA National Champions (courtesy of Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
This time three weeks ago, it might as well have been called “The Impossible Dream”.
The Yale Bulldogs, who nearly missed getting into the NCAA Tournament, completed their improbable run to become the 2013 NCAA National Champions on Saturday night after defeating their in-state rival, the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 4-0 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Yale became the first-ever 15th-seeded team entering the NCAA Tournament to win a National Championship, which was the first in the program’s long, storied history.
Photo: Chad Ruhwedel, who led the UMass-Lowell defense in scoring during the 2012-13 season, signed a pro contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel didn’t take a short path to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In fact, the junior rearguard’s path was a rather winding one since he first started to play hockey in his hometown of San Diego, CA.
Photo: Defenseman Jake Suter has emerged as a key shutdown player during his two seasons with the UMass-Lowell River Hawks (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
UMass-Lowell defenseman Jake Suter has been a stabilizing force for his team in the two years he has been with the River Hawks. The son of former NHL defenseman Gary Suter and the cousin of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, Jake played two junior seasons prior to joining UMass-Lowell in 2011-12, first with the Owatonna Express of the NAHL, and then with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. A stay-at-home style of defenseman, Suter managed a goal and six assists through 40 games this season.
Photo: Boston College winger Johnny Gaudreau was part of the Hobey Hat Trick as one of three finalists for college hockey's top individual award (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Boston College did not make the 2013 Frozen Four, but they were nonetheless well represented at the festivities, with sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau among the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Gaudreau was the only underclassman to be selected as a finalist for the award, with the other two, winner Drew LeBlanc (CHI) and Eric Hartzell, both seniors. He was also the only member of the trio whose team did not make it to the Frozen Four.