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.
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.
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.