2012-13 NCAA Independents Season Preview

by DJ Powers
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Max Gardiner - Penn State University

Photo: Forward Max Gardiner, shown here playing for the University of Minnesota, has transferred to the fledgling D-1 program at Penn State University (courtesy of Josh Holmberg /Icon SMI)

For the 2012-13 season, the NCAA will feature two independents in Alabama-Huntsville and Penn State. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the two programs.

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Hurricanes’ prospect Slavin bettering game in USHL

by Tom Schreier
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Jaccob Slavin - Chicago Steel

Photo: Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jaccob Slavin, shown here at their prospect camp, will move on to Colorado College in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Jamie Kelleher/HF)

Better and better.

That is how Chicago Steel head coach Scott McConnell describes defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s game.

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Video: 2012 All-American Prospects Game – Ryan Fitzgerald

by Ken McKenna
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2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game - Ryan Fitzgerald

Photo: Ryan Fitzgerald, a forward for the Valley Junior Warriors of the EJHL, had a memorable CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game as he tallied three assists and copped MVP honors at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It is unlikely that a quick scan of the rosters for the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game by the average observer would have produced much more than a shrug when coming across the name, Ryan Fitzgerald.

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Video: 2012 All-American Prospects Game – Rob McClanahan and Phil Housley

by Ken McKenna
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2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Propsects Game - Rob McClanahan

Photo: Former Olympic hockey star Rob McClanahan talks to the media at the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)

 The two coaches in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game were two names not only associated with the past of the host team, the Buffalo Sabres, but they also carved out their own path to fame in the game of hockey.

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Fitzgerald stars in 5-2 win for Team McClanahan

by Ken McKenna
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2012 CCM/USA All-American Prospects Game - Ryan Fitzgerald

Photo: NHL coaching legend Scotty Bowman presents the Most Valuable Player award to Team McClanahan's Ryan Fitzgerald following his team's 5-2 win at the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 The inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game was a qualified success, with the on-ice action helping to overcome what was a sparse crowd attending this prospect showcase, a game that was won by Team McClanahan, 5-2.

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