Record 69 Hockey East Alumni Named to NHL Rosters
Hockey East Boasts Most NHL Players on Opening Rosters Ever
Recent Hobey Baker Award winners Johnny Gaudreau (BC) and Jack Eichel (BU) are among the Hockey East players who start the season in the NHL.

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – A record 69 alumni of Hockey East schools will start the 2016-2017 season on National Hockey League rosters, 10 more players than the previous record of 59 that began the 2015-16 season on NHL teams, and the most of any college hockey conference this year. A full listing of players, schools and teams is below.

Boston College boasts the highest total of NHL alumni of any NCAA school, with 17 former Eagles earning an NHL roster spot, including 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner and 2015 Calder Trophy finalist Johnny Gaudreau (Carneys Point, N.J.). Boston University developed nine players tabbed to NHL squads, including 2015 Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.). Maine also produced nine players, while Notre Dame sends eight, UMass Lowell and Northeastern each boast five players and Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Providence and Vermont all have four alumni skating in the NHL to begin the year.

Seven players that skated in the 2015-16 Hockey East season were named to an NHL club as Boston College products Zach Sanford (Auburn, N.H./Washington), Steven Santini (Mahopac, N.Y./New Jersey) and Miles Wood (Manchester, Mass./New Jersey), former BU netminder Sean Maguire (Powell River, B.C./Pittsburgh), former Maine defenseman Dan Renouf (Pickering, Ont./Detroit), former Northeastern blueliner Matt Benning (St. Albert, Alta./Edmonton), and former Friar forward Brandon Tanev (Toronto, Ont./Winnipeg) will begin the year at hockey's top level. Hockey East alumni are featured on 27 of 30 NHL teams and nine carry at least three Hockey East alumni: Boston, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, and Washington.

NHL Team First Last Name Pos. NCAA Team
CBJ Cam Atkinson F Boston College
TB Brian Boyle F Boston College
PIT Brian Dumoulin D Boston College
DAL Patrick Eaves F Boston College
CGY Johnny Gaudreau F Boston College
BUF Brian Gionta F Boston College
CAR Noah Hanifin D Boston College
BOS Jimmy Hayes F Boston College
NYR Kevin Hayes F Boston College
NYR Chris Kreider F Boston College
FLA Michael Matheson D Boston College
WSH Brooks Orpik D Boston College
WSH Zach Sanford* F Boston College
NJ Steven Santini* D Boston College
NJ Cory Schneider G Boston College
COL Ben Smith F Boston College
NJ Miles Wood* F Boston College
PIT Nick Bonino F Boston University
CGY Alex Chiasson F Boston University
NYR Adam Clendening D Boston University
MIN Charlie Coyle F Boston University
BUF Jack Eichel F Boston University
PIT Sean Maguire^* G Boston University
SJ Matt Nieto F Boston University
STL Kevin Shattenkirk D Boston University
NSH Colin Wilson F Boston University
TB Ben Bishop G Maine
CHI Scott Darling G Maine
MTL Brian Flynn F Maine
DET Jimmy Howard G Maine
VAN Ben Hutton D Maine
DET Gustav Nyquist F Maine
LA Teddy Purcell F Maine
DET Dan Renouf*^ D Maine
DAL Devin Shore F Maine
SJ Justin Braun D Massachusetts
LA Jonathan Quick G Massachusetts
PIT Conor Sheary F Massachusetts
BOS Frank Vatrano^ F Massachusetts
MIN Christian Folin D UMass Lowell
CAR Ron Hainsey D UMass Lowell
WPG Connor Hellebuyck G UMass Lowell
STL Carter Hutton G UMass Lowell
PIT Scott Wilson F UMass Lowell
CAR Brett Pesce D New Hampshire
TOR James van Riemsdyk F New Hampshire
CHI Trevor van Riemsdyk D New Hampshire
WSH Daniel Winnik F New Hampshire
EDM Matthew Benning* D Northeastern
NSH Anthony Bitetto D Northeastern
ANA Josh Manson D Northeastern
DAL Jamie Oleksiak D Northeastern
DET Joe Vitale^ F Northeastern
PIT Ian Cole D Notre Dame
PIT Thomas DiPauli F Notre Dame
CHI Vinnie Hinostroza F Notre Dame
DAL Stephen Johns D Notre Dame
NYI Anders Lee F Notre Dame
NJ Kyle Palmieri F Notre Dame
PIT Bryan Rust^ F Notre Dame
DET Riley Sheahan F Notre Dame
BOS Noel Acciari F Providence
EDM Mark Fayne D Providence
BOS Tim Schaller F Providence
WPG Brandon Tanev* F Providence
BOS Kevan Miller^ D Vermont
MTL Torrey Mitchell F Vermont
DAL Patrick Sharp F Vermont
CAR Viktor Stalberg F Vermont
* Played in Hockey East in 2015-16 | ^ Will start NHL season on injured reserve