Photo: University of North Dakota goaltender and Boston Bruins prospect Zane Gothberg has appeared in 11 games for UND in his freshman season (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)
On the back of University of North Dakota netminder Zane Gothberg’s helmet is a caricature of an elderly woman with long, curly hair, oversized oval-shaped earrings and large, black-rimmed glasses. She is holding a Diet Coke and has a sweater with UND ascribed across her chest. Below the picture are four words:
Love you Grandma Susie.
Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Mike Matheson is the top scoring defenseman on the BC roster (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
When you’re a first round draft pick, expectations can be exceedingly high. The challenge of meeting such expectations can be even more daunting when you’re adjusting not only to a higher level of play, but also to a new culture that has established itself as a winner. Such has been the case for Boston College freshman defenseman, Michael Matheson.
Photo: Northeastern University forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Vinny Saponari is currently ranked second in scoring for the Huskies, behind only Anaheim Ducks prospect Kevin Roy (courtesy of Jim Pierce)
Having a senior class that can guide a mostly younger team is crucial in not only the success of the program but also in the development of their younger players. But, over the last several years, few NCAA teams have been hit harder by non-graduating player departures than Northeastern University.
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.
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.