The women’s college season began last week and the men’s season gets underway this weekend, so with hockey in full swing, we take a closer look at where our Selects alums will have the biggest impact on NCAA hockey for the 2018-19 season.
In men’s hockey, roughly 128 alums — including 40 freshmen — will compete for 43 of the 60 Division-I schools with players in all six conferences as well as the lone Independent school in Arizona State University.
No school features more Selects alums than that of Michigan State University, which prominently sports 10 former players that make up nearly half of its 2018-19 roster. Two Hockey East schools follow closely in Boston University (nine) and Boston College (seven), but no conference has more overall than the ECAC with 34 alums across its 12 schools.
2018 first-round NHL Draft picks Oliver Wahlstrom (Boston College) and Joel Farabee (Boston Univ.) will make their college debuts while veterans Kenny Citron (Colgate), Chase Pearson (Maine), Andrew Peeke (Notre Dame) and Chase Priskie (Quinnipiac) will take the ice representing their respective teams as captains for the 2018-19 season.
On the women’s side, more than 130 Selects alums are slated to compete in the 2018-19 season on 34 of the 40 Division-I schools. Roughly 41 of those alums will enter the season as freshmen, matching the number from last year as two of the largest incoming classes in Selects history.
The University of Wisconsin leads the pack with an unprecedented 15 former Selects players on its 26-person roster, including senior captain Sophia Shaver. The next highest are Hockey East schools Northeastern and Boston College with 10 apiece.
Loren Gabel, Avery Mitchell, Kristy Pidgeon and captain Cassidy Vinkle return to Clarkson University, as the back-to-back national champion Golden Knights look to defend their title for a third straight season.
After becoming the first freshman to ever win the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, second-year Boston College forward Daryl Watts will certainly be the focus this season and have an opportunity to become the first to ever win the award in consecutive years as well, with the Eagles entering the season ranked in the top 10 in the country.
With more than 250 former players across the Division-I college hockey landscape, the Selects storylines for the 2018-19 season are endless. Keep an eye out for the latest in Selects news and how the season plays out for our alums.
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