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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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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Solid coaching, talented teammates helping BC’s Fitzgerald develop his game

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Ryan Fitzgerald - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Boston Bruins prospect Ryan Fitzgerald’s 28 points ranks him fifth in scoring on the Eagles roster for the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

After growing up in Boston his entire life, Ryan Fitzgerald is living his childhood dream of playing hockey for the Boston College Eagles.

The BC freshman has already gotten the experience of playing at Fenway Park and in the Beanpot Tournament. He’s helped the Eagles win both.

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Steady Skjei developing into two-way defender for Minnesota

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Brady Skjei - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei has been a steady defensive performer for the Golden Gophers in 2013-14, a trait that should come in handy as Minnesota moves on to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

University of Minnesota sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei (NYR) has become an integral part of the Golden Gophers success this season, particularly from the defensive standpoint. But the Lakeville, MN native isn't all poke checks and shot blocks as he has also contributed on offense, posting 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 38 games to date.

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Notre Dame’s Hinostroza flexes offensive muscle in freshman campaign

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Vince Hinostroza - University of Notre Dame

Photo: University of Notre Dame forward and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Vince Hinostroza is stopped in overtime by St. Cloud State goaltender Ryan Faragher, a missed opportunity that would come back to haunt the Fighting Irish as the Huskies later scored to win the NCAA West Regional semifinal, 4-3 (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

University of Notre Dame freshman Vince Hinostroza was one of the nation’s top NCAA rookies this season. The Bartlett, IL native led the Fighting Irish in rookie scoring with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 34 games.

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