Eagles’ Savage very much a product of the California hockey boom

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Scott Savage - Boston College

Photo: Boston College freshman defenseman and 2014 prospect Scott Savage has played in 34 games for the Eagles so far in 2013-14, scoring four goals and adding 14 assists in those appearances (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Defenseman Scott Savage played for one of California’s most storied youth programs. Today, he plays for one of college hockey’s most storied programs.

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BC’s Demko mindful of the part his California roots have played in his success

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Thatcher Demko - Boston College

Photo: Boston College goaltender and 2014 prospect Thatcher Demko will enter the 2014 NHL Draft as the top-ranked goaltender according to the NHL’s Central Scouting (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

Boston College freshman goaltender Thatcher Demko is one of the rising stars in college hockey. He is also the top-ranked collegian eligible for the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft.

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Schmaltz one of a trio of defenders providing offense for North Dakota

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Jordan Schmaltz - St. Louis Blues

Photo: University of North Dakota defenseman and St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Schmaltz along with Edmonton prospect Dillon Simpson and Chicago prospect Nick Mattson have generated 68 points from the blueline in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Sophomore Jordan Schmaltz (STL) is in the midst of a breakout season with the University of North Dakota and is one of college hockey’s rising young defensemen. The Verona, WI native currently co-leads the team with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 40 games. He and senior defensive partner Dillon Simpson (EDM) comprised arguably the NCHC’s best defensive tandem this season.

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North Dakota’s Grimaldi part of growing Cali contingent playing NCAA hockey

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Rocco Grimaldi - University of North Dakota

Photo: University of North Dakota forward and Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi was third in scoring on the ND roster in 2012-13 but is leading the offense this season with 39 points in 41 games (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon SMI)

At 5’6” and 172 pounds, Rocco Grimaldi is one of the smallest players in all of college hockey, but he is also one of the most dynamic. The Rossmoor, CA native’s developmental progress has allowed him to reach new heights and become more of a rounded player. Grimaldi currently leads the University of North Dakota with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games to date.

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Offense-minded Brodzinski focusing on defense first for Gophers

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Michael Brodzinski - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and San Jose Sharks prospect Michael Brodzinski has posted 13 points in 24 games so far in his freshman season (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

Michael Brodzinski (SJS) is part of a young but outstanding group of defenseman for the University of Minnesota this season. The Ham Lake, MN native is the younger brother of St Cloud State forward Jonny Brodzinski (LAK). The younger Brodzinski has played in 24 games to date for Minnesota, posting 13 points (six goals, seven assists).

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