Photo: UMass Lowell forward and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Wilson heads into the Frozen Four on the heels of a strong performance in the NCAA regionals (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
The four-team field is now set for the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, which takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Apr. 11th and 13th. None of the four teams taking part in this year's tournament have won an NCAA hockey title, so there will be a new national champion that will also win their program’s first-ever National Championship.
Photo: St. Cloud State forward and captain Drew Leblanc (R) bounced back from an injury-shortened 2011-12 campaign to turn in what could be a Hobey Baker-worthy season in his senior year (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
The top three finalists for this year’s Hobey Baker Award have been announced. Boston College sophomore and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State red-shirted senior Drew Leblanc comprise this year’s “Hobey Hat Trick”. Each year, the award recognizes the top collegiate player who excels both on and off the ice.
Photo: The season is over for Juho Olkinuora and his Denver University teammates, but the Pioneers' goaltender has come out of nowhere to the point where he is now on the NHL's radar (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Two years ago, Juho Olkinuora was an unknown. After going 14-13 with a 2.78 goals-against average in 2011 for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, the Helsinki native returned home to Finland empty-handed with no scholarship offers to play college hockey in the United States.
Photo: Although Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber and his Miami University teammates had their season ended by St. Cloud State, Barber had an enormously successful freshman season with the RedHawks (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)
The final 2012-13 edition of the NCAA notebook takes a look back at some of the month’s memorable performances and fantastic finishes. The notebook also takes a look at a few surprises that took place around college hockey involving a number of NHL prospects playing in college hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 31st.
Photo: Notre Dame forward and New York Islanders prospect Anders Lee is the top offensive player for the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar / Icon SMI)
The NCAA Hockey Tournament gets underway today, with 16 teams competing to whittle the number down to the four schools that will take part in the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four Championship taking place in April.