Photo: Providence College goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies (R) received a good education as the backup to Team USA goaltender John Gibson (L) at the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Not many freshmen have a lot of success at the NCAA Division I college hockey level. But Providence College goalie Jon Gillies did more than just have a successful freshman season, as he was one of the best goalies in the country.
Photo: St. John’s Prep center Brian Pinho, a likely selection at the 2013 NHL Draft, will attend Providence College beginning in the fall of 2013 (courtesy of Mr. David Malaro/St. John’s Prep)
Despite a tough exit in the Massachusetts high school Super Eight tournament, Brian Pinho has had a lot of support at St. John’s Prep to help him get ready for this season's NHL Draft.
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.