Development in Sweden, U.S. has made Olofsson a well-rounded prospect

by Tom Schreier
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Gustav Olofsson - Green Bay Gamblers

Photo: Green Bay Gamblers defenseman and 2013 prospect Gustav Olofsson recently took part in the USHL Top Prospects Game (courtesy of Peter Arnold/USHL Images)

For most foreign players that join the USHL, like Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Gustav Olofsson, they must learn English and adapt to American culture while learning to play hockey against the best players from around the nation.

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UMass Lowell’s Pendenza making name for himself with two-way play

by Richard Murray
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Joseph Pendenza - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Photo: UMass Lowell forward Joseph Pendenza is currently the leading scorer for the 14th-ranked River Hawks (courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics)

After a bit of a slow start to his college career, University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Joseph Pendenza has lit the lamp his past two seasons in Hockey East, becoming one of the premier two-way forwards in college hockey.

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Expanded role helps Blackwell grow at Harvard

by DJ Powers
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Colin Blackwell - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard forward and San Jose Sharks prospect Colin Blackwell is currently ranked fifth in scoring on the Crimson roster (courtesy of Rich Barnes/Icon SMI)

The 2012-13 season has been a tough one so far for the Harvard Crimson. And with a host of injuries and the loss of four key sophomores earlier in the year, it has made the challenge of climbing out of the ECAC basement that much more difficult. It has also forced players such as sophomore Colin Blackwell to take on expanded or different roles.

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Omaha-Lincoln hockey rivalry takes center stage at “Battles on Ice”

by Tom Schreier
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Gage Hough - Omaha Lancers

Photo: Omaha native Gage Hough was the scoring hero for the hometown Omaha Lancers at the USHL "Battles on Ice" game (courtesy of Mitch Highman/mJoy Photography)

There is a new rivalry brewing in Nebraska.

No, it is not the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, or the UNO Mavericks and the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Rather, it is between the Omaha Lancers and the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

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Basaraba looking to add more power to his game

by Justin Felisko
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Joe Basaraba - Florida Panthers

Photo: University of Minnesota-Duluth forward and Florida Panthers prospect Joe Basaraba has become more of a go-to player for the Bulldogs in his junior season (courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)

Fort Frances, ON native Joe Basaraba did not really understand what was going on during his freshman year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth when the Bulldogs defeated Michigan 3-2 to win the NCAA National Championship.

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