Record 70 Hockey East Alumni Named to NHL Rosters
Hockey East Boasts Most NHL Players on Opening Night Rosters Ever
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Hockey East Boasts Most NHL Players on Opening Night Rosters Ever

WAKEFIELD, Mass. A record 70 alumni of the Hockey East Association will start the 2017-18 season on National Hockey League rosters, one more than the previous record of 69 set last season and 11 more players than began the 2015-16 season on NHL teams.

Hockey East alumni on NHL rosters to start the season represent 11 different schools. Boston College sends 20 players for opening night, while Boston University boasts 14, Maine, Massachusetts and UMass Lowell each send six, Northeastern and Providence claim four, New Hampshire and Vermont each have three Hockey East alumni, and UConn sends one, while three former Notre Dame skaters who spent time in Hockey East also appear on NHL rosters.

Five players that skated in the 2016-17 Hockey East season were named to an NHL club as Boston College's Colin White (Hanover, Mass./Ottawa), Boston University's Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill./Arizona) and Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y./Boston), UConn's Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn./St. Louis) and Notre Dame's Anders Bjork (Mequon, Wis./Boston) will all start 2017-18 at the game's highest level.

Hockey East alumni are featured on 27 of 31 NHL teams and 11 carry at least three Hockey East alumni: Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Colorado, Dallas, Florida, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. Boston and New Jersey each carry seven league alumni, the most of any NHL club.

NHL Team First Last Pos. School
Anaheim Josh Manson D Northeastern
Anaheim Brandon Montour D Massachusetts
Anaheim Patrick Eaves^ F Boston College
Arizona Adam Clendening D Boston University
Arizona Clayton Keller* F Boston University
Boston Noel Acciari F Providence
Boston Anders Bjork* F Notre Dame
Boston Matt Grzelcyk D Boston University
Boston Charlie McAvoy* D Boston University
Boston Kevan Miller D Vermont
Boston Tim Schaller F Providence
Boston Frank Vatrano F Massachusetts
Buffalo Jack Eichel F Boston University
Buffalo Evan Rodrigues ^ F Boston University
Calgary Johnny Gaudreau F Boston College
Carolina Scott Darling G Maine
Carolina Noah Hanifin D Boston College
Carolina Brett Pesce D New Hampshire
Carolina Trevor van Riemsdyk D New Hampshire
Colorado Matt Nieto F Boston University
Colorado Colin Wilson F Boston University
Colorado A.J. Greer F Boston University
Columbus Cam Atkinson F Boston College
Dallas Ben Bishop G Maine
Dallas Stephen Johns D Notre Dame
Dallas Jamie Oleksiak D Northeastern
Dallas Devin Shore F Maine
Detriot Jimmy Howard G Maine
Detriot Gustav Nyquist F Maine
Edmonton Matt Benning D Northeastern
Edmonton Eric Gryba D Boston University
Florida Connor Brickley F Vermont
Florida Mike Matheson D Boston College
Florida Ian McCoshen D Boston College
Los Angeles Christian Folin D UMass Lowell
Los Angeles Jonathan Quick G Massachusetts
Minnesota Charlie Coyle F Boston University
Montreal Torrey Mitchell F Vermont
Nashville Anthony Bitetto D Northeastern
Nashville Matt Irwin D Massachusetts
Nashville Nick Bonino F Boston University
New Jersey Brian Gibbons F Boston College
New Jersey Jimmy Hayes F Boston College
New Jersey Ben Lovejoy F Boston College
New Jersey Steven Santini D Boston College
New Jersey Cory Schneider G Boston College
New Jersey Miles Wood F Boston College
New Jersey Brian Boyle^ F Boston College
NYR Paul Carey F Boston College
NYR Kevin Hayes F Boston College
NYR Chris Kreider F Boston College
NYR Kevin Shattenkirk D Boston University
Ottawa Colin White*^ F Boston College
Philadelphia Colin McDonald^ D Providence
Pittsburgh Brian Dumoulin F Boston College
Pittsburgh Chad Ruhwedel D UMass Lowell
Pittsburgh Bryan Rust F Notre Dame
Pittsburgh Conor Sheary F Massachusetts
Pittsburgh Scott Wilson F UMass Lowell
San Jose Justin Braun D Massachusetts
St. Louis Carter Hutton G UMass Lowell
St. Louis Wade Megan F Boston University
St. Louis Zach Sanford F Boston College
St. Louis Tage Thompson* F UConn
Toronto Ron Hainsey D UMass Lowell
Toronto James van Riemsdyk F New Hampshire
Vancouver Ben Hutton D Maine
Washington Brooks Orpik D Boston College
Winnipeg Connor Hellebuyck G UMass Lowell
Winnipeg Brandon Tanev F Providence
* Played in Hockey East in 2016-17 | ^ Will start NHL season on injured reserve