Submitted by the BCHL
The quest to the Frozen Four begins today and 16 teams – featuring 72 BCHL alumni, 22 from the Penticton Vees – will hit the ice at locations all over the National Collegiate Athletic Association map.
Of the 16 teams, 15 of them have at least one BCHL graduate. Michigan Tech has the most with 12. The University of Miami-Ohio is the lone school without a league alum and all 16 BCHL teams are represented.
The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Minnesota State, has eight BCHL alums. They will face the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and their nine BCHL alums on Saturday.
Prospects wise, 28 NHL teams have at least one draft pick in the tournament and 107 drafted players are included on the 16 rosters. Of those, nine are BCHL grads.
The complete list of BCHL players in the NCAA tournament is as follows (Notes if drafted in brackets):
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
University of Nebraska-Omaha
David Pope – (Detroit, 2013)
Alexander Kerfoot – (New Jersey, 2012)
Danton Heinen – (Boston, 2014)
Joey LaLeggia – (Edmonton, 2012)
Mike Reilly – (Columbus, 2011)
Wade Murphy – (Nashville, 2013)
Mark MacMillan – (Montreal, 2010)
Brendan O’Donnell – (Tampa Bay, 2010)
Travis St. Davis
Dane Birks – (Pittsburgh, 2013)
St. Cloud State