Thirty former NCAA players have helped lead their NHL teams into the Conference Finals, as Boston-Carolina and San Jose-St. Louis face off to determine this year’s Stanley Cup Final participants.
Alumni in the field include two team-leading scorers (Jaccob Slavin and Jaden Schwartz), a team captain (Joe Pavelski), two general managers (Don Sweeney and Don Waddell) and a head coach (Rod Brind’Amour).
Boston leads the four teams with 12 former college players having seen playoff action for the Bruins. Three Boston University alumni on the Bruins lead a group of 10 schools represented in black and gold.
In total, 19 schools have a player who has appeared in the playoffs for one of the four teams. Boston University, Colorado College, Denver and New Hampshire lead all schools with three representatives each.
Boston – Carolina
- Nineteen players representing 13 schools have appeared in the playoffs for the two teams
- Minnesota Duluth is the only school represented on both rosters, with former NCAA champions Justin Faulk (Carolina) and Karson Kuhlman (Boston)
- New Hampshire boasts three alumni on Carolina (Warren Foegele, Brett Pesce, Trevor van Riemsdyk), while Colorado College has two (Curtis McElhinney, Jaccob Slavin)
- Both general managers played college hockey: Boston’s Don Sweeney (Harvard) and Carolina’s Don Waddell (Northern Michigan)
San Jose – St. Louis
- Ten players representing nine schools have dressed in the playoffs for the two teams
- San Jose’s Joe Pavelski (Wisconsin) is one of six NCAA alumni to wear the ‘C’ in the NHL this season
- Jaden Schwartz (Colorado College) leads the Blues in playoff scoring