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.
Photo: St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen, who was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, also earned national recognition as part of the All-America West First team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
In this special edition of the NCAA prospect notebook, Hockey’s Future takes a look at some stories making headlines at the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA.
Article: The state of California will be well-represented when Quinnipiac and Yale square off for the NCAA National Championship on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, PA.
Over the last 20 years, hockey has dramatically grown and flourished in the Golden State. The sport has sent numerous players to the NCAA as well as the WHL. The number of players choosing the collegiate route continues to increase, which in turn, is benefiting teams vying for National Championships each year. And that has been especially true this season. Of the five Californians among the Frozen Four participating teams, four are members of the two teams playing in Saturday night’s National Championship game.