NCAA Alum of the Night

Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, College Hockey Inc. will highlight a top performer from among the former college hockey stars in action each night.

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Wednesday, June 11

Derek Stepan
New York Rangers | U. of Wisconsin

  • Had an assist and 3 shots in the Rangers' 2-1 win to force a Game 5 
  • Swept a puck off the goal line that would have tied the score with 1:11 left
  • Skated 17:15 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot - all with a broken jaw

Game Recap & Highlights



Monday, June 9

Jonathan Quick
Los Angeles Kings | U. of Massachusetts

  • Stopped all 32 Rangers' shots in a 4-0 shutout win 
  • Protected the Kings' lead despite being outshot 28-10 over the last two periods
  • Named game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, June 7

Willie Mitchell
Los Angeles Kings | Clarkson University

  • Scored a goal and set up the game-winner in LA's Game 2 overtime victory
  • Goal was his first of the playoffs and came on the power play
  • Saw 34:14 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, June 4

Carl Hagelin
New York Rangers | U. of Michigan

  • Scored a shorthanded goal that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in their Game 1 loss
  • Led the team with 5 shots on goal
  • Named the game's No. 3 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Sunday, June 1

Alec Martinez
Los Angeles Kings | Miami University

  • Scored the overtime goal to send LA to the Stanley Cup Final 
  • Had 3 shots and was +2 in 13:18 of ice time
  • Named game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Thursday, May 29

Dominic Moore
New York Rangers | Harvard University

  • Scored the game's only goal as the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 1-0 win
  • Converted a pass from Brian Boyle (Boston College), who got the puck from Ryan McDonagh (Wisconsin)
  • Went 7-for-10 on faceoffs (70%)

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, May 28

Ben Smith
Chicago Blackhawks | Boston College

  • Scored the only goal of the third period to force overtime in Chicago's 2OT win
  • Had a team-leading 4 blocked shots, 3 hits and 2 shots in 18:28 of ice time
  • Goal was his third of the playoffs

Game Recap & Highlights


Tuesday, May 27

Rene Bourque
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Wisconsin

  • Recorded a hat trick as Montreal staved off elimination with a 7-4 win in Game 5
  • Had 4 shots and 4 hits in 12:21 of ice time
  • Combined with fellow former Badger Derek Stepan for 5 goals

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 7 goals and 8 assists in the game


Monday, May 26

Willie Mitchell
Los Angeles Kings | Clarkson U.

  • Finished +2 in LA's 5-2 win vs. Chicago to take a 3-1 series lead
  • Skated 23:11, a personal high for the playoffs
  • Led the Kings with 3:20 of shorthanded ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Sunday, May 25

Martin St. Louis
New York Rangers | U. of Vermont

  • Scored the overtime winner to give NYR a 3-1 series lead
  • Led all Rangers with 5 shots
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights

All three of the game's stars were NCAA alums (St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle)


Thursday, May 22

Carl Hagelin
New York Rangers | U. of Michigan

  • Scored the game's first goal, setting it up with a patient pass to Martin St. Louis (Vermont) and finishing it by knocking the puck out of midair and into the net
  • Shared the game-high in shots (5) with St. Louis
  • No. 3 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, May 21

Jonathan Quick
Los Angeles Kings | U. of Massachusetts

  • Stopped 23 of 25 shots in LA's come-from-behind win to even its series with Chicago
  • Saved all 6 Chicago shots in the decisive third period
  • No. 2 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Monday, May 19

Ryan McDonagh
Nw York Rangers | U. of Wisconsin

  • Recorded 1 goal and 1 assist while leading the Rangers with 25:24 of ice time
  • Goal came just 17 seconds after Montreal had scored the first goal of the game
  • Had a team-high 6 shots, made 2 hits and blocked a shot

Game Recap & Highlights

3 of the 4 goals and 7 of the 8 points in the game were recorded by NCAA alums



Sunday, May 18

Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored his 6th goal of the playoffs late in the third to secure Chicago's 3-1 series-opening win
  • Had 3 shots and won 61% of his faceoffs
  • Tied for third in the league in playoff goals

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, May 17

Martin St. Louis
New York Rangers | U. of Vermont

  • Scored the game's first goal and added an assist in the Rangers' 7-2 Game 1 win
  • Led all forwards with 20:57 of ice time
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights

5 of 9 goal scorers in the game were NCAA alums; alums combined for 14 points in the game


Wednesday, May 14

Max Pacioretty
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Michigan

  • Honored for the second time in three nights after his GWG lifted Montreal to a Game 7 win
  • Had 3 shots, 2 hits and a +1 rating
  • Will face former Michigan teammate Carl Hagelin in the Eastern Conference final

Game Recap & Highlights


Tuesday, May 13

Brian Boyle
New York Rangers | Boston College

  • Scored the game's first goal as the Rangers won at Pittsburgh in Game 7
  • Played a key role in protecting the NYR lead, winning 67% of his faceoffs and leading the team in hits (5) and blocked shots (4)
  • Skated 15:15, his most ice time in 14 playoff games this year

Game Recap & Highlights

Former college players combined for 2 goals and 4 assists in 2 games last night


Monday, May 12

Max Pacioretty
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Michigan

  • Scored a breakaway goal and added an assist in Montreal's 4-0 win vs. Boston
  • Had 3 shots, 1 hit and a +1 rating
  • Recorded his first multiple-point game of the playoffs

Game Recap & Highlights

Former college players combined for 4 goals and 4 assists in 2 games last night


Sunday, May 11

Martin St. Louis
New York Rangers | U. of Vermont

  • Scored the game's first goal to help the Rangers force a Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Had 4 shots, 1 hit and a +1 rating
  • ESPN.com story on St. Louis's emotional game after his mother passed unexpectedly last week

Game Recap & Highlights

Former college players scored 4 of the 7 goals in the NHL last night


Friday, May 9

Ryan Suter
Minnesota Wild | U. of Wisconsin

  • Assisted on 2 goals and played more than half the game (31:30) as Minnesota evened its series with Chicago, 2-2
  • Had 2 shots and a +2 rating
  • Led a defense that held the Blackhawks to 20 shots on goal

Game Recap & Highlights

32 of 80 players in the two games last night were NCAA alums (40%)


Thursday, May 8

Ben Lovejoy
Anaheim Ducks | Dartmouth

  • Scored the game-winning goal at 17:05 of the third period in Anaheim's 3-2 win
  • Had 2 shots, 2 blocked shots and 19:35 of ice time
  • Goal was his second of the playoffs after scoring just 5 goals all season

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, May 7

Chris Kunitz
Pittsburgh Penguins | Ferris State U.

  • Scored the Penguins' fourth goal, just 57 seconds after the Rangers cut the lead to one, in Pittsburgh's 4-2 win
  • Had 3 shots, a +2 rating and led all skaters with six hits
  • Joined Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the Pens' top line

Game Recap & Highlights

19 of the 40 players in the game played NCAA hockey


Tuesday, May 6

Erik Haula
Minnesota Wild | U. of Minnesota

  • Scored the game's first goal in a 4-0 win vs. Chicago
  • Had 2 shots and a +1 rating in 12:22 of ice time
  • Named the game's No. 3 star

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 2 goals and 5 assists for the Wild


Monday, May 5

Jonathan Quick
Los Angeles Kings | U. of Massachusetts

  • Stopped 36 of 37 shots to guide LA to a 2-0 series lead vs. Anaheim
  • Made 15 saves in the third period and was the No. 1 star
  • Has won siz straight games with a .961 save percentage in that time

Game Recap & Highlights


 
Sunday, May 4

Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored the game's first goal in Chicago's convincing 4-1 win vs. Minnesota
  • Goal gave him points in 6 straight games and 7 of 8 in the playoffs
  • Had 2 shots, 2 hits and a 55% faceoff success rate

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, May 3

Reilly Smith
Boston Bruins | Miami U.

  • Scored the game-winning goal to highlight Boston's 4-goal third-period comeback win 
  • Had 3 shots and a +3 rating
  • Named the game's No. 2 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, May 2

Patrick Sharp
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of Vermont

  • Had 2 third-period assists to help the Blackhawks post a 5-2 win in Game 1 vs. Minnesota
  • Recorded 4 shots on goal and 4 hits 

Game Recap & Highlights


Thursday, May 1

Rene Bourque
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Wisconsin

  • Continued his terrific playoff performance with 1 goal and 1 assist in Montreal's Game 1 win at Boston
  • Shared the team lead with 4 shots, had 5 hits and finished +2
  • Skated 24:33 in the double OT game

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 3 of the 7 goals in the game and added 2 assists


Wednesday, April 30

Jonathan Quick
Los Angeles Kings | U. of Massachusetts

  • Stopped 39 of 40 shots in the Kings' Game 7 win vs. San Jose
  • Made 14 saves while shorthanded, as the Kings killed all six Shark power plays
  • Named the No. 2 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Tuesday, April 29

Erik Gustafsson
Philadelphia Flyers | Northern Michigan University

  • Scored a goal in his first appearance of the 2014 playoffs to help the Flyers force a Game 7
  • Skated 18:19 and finished with 3 shots and a +1 rating
  • Named the game's No. 3 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Monday, April 28

Zach Parise
Minnesota Wild | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored two goals and added two assists in Minnesota's 5-2 win vs. Colorado
  • Started the scoring with a power-play goal just 0:49 into the first period
  • Had 2 shots in 19:11 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

NCAA alums combined for 3 goals and 13 assists in 3 games


Sunday, April 27

Nick Bonino
Anaheim Ducks | Boston University

  • Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a dramatic comeback win reminiscent of the 2009 NCAA championship game he won with BU
  • His first goal pulled Anaheim within one goal with just 2:10 remaining in the third period
  • Had 3 shots and a game-high 6 hits in 19:42 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

NCAA alums combined for 10 goals and 11 assists in 3 games


Friday, April 25

Jonathan Toews
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored the overtime goal to lift Chicago to a 3-2 win in Game 5 against St. Louis
  • Skated 20:36 and won 60% of his faceoffs
  • His goal countered that of his UND teammate, T.J. Oshie, in the second period - they finished as No. 1 and 2 stars

Game Recap & Highlights

NCAA alums combined for 7 goals and 4 assists in 3 games


Thursday, April 24

Jonathan Quick
Los Angeles Kings | U. of Massachusetts

  • Stopped 36 of 39 shots to lead the Kings to their first win in their series with San Jose
  • Made 16 saves in the first period alone

Game Recap & Highlights


Wednesday, April 23

Alex Goligoski
Dallas Stars | U. of Minnesota

  • Led all skaters with 32:48 of ice time and scored the insurance goal in Dallas's Game 4 win vs. Anaheim
  • Led the team with 4 blocked shots and shared the team lead with 4 hits
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 3 goals and 14 assists in three games on the night


Tuesday, April 22

Max Pacioretty
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Michigan

  • Scored the GWG in the final minute to cap the Canadiens' four-game sweep of Tampa Bay
  • Had 4 shots and 3 hits
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Monday, April 21

Paul Martin
Pittsburgh Penguins | U. of Minnesota

  • Posted two assists and a +2 rating in Pittsburgh's come-from-behind 4-3 win at Columbus, his third straight 2-assist game
  • Led all skaters with 28:34 of ice time
  • Had four blocked shots and was named the game's No. 3 star

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 6 goals and 9 assists in four NHL games and a former college player led each game in ice time (Martin, Ryan Suter, Alex Goligoski, Duncan Keith)


Sunday, April 20

Rene Bourque
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Wisconsin

  • Scored his third goal in as many games just 11 seconds into Game 3 as Montreal took a 3-0 series lead
  • Fired a game-high 8 shots on goal
  • Added 3 hits in 14:53 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 9 goals and 13 assists in four NHL games


Thursday, April 17

Paul Stastny
Colorado Avalanche | U. of Denver

  • Tied the game with 14 seconds remaining and then scored the game-winner in OT as the Avs took Game 1
  • Also had an assist and blocked two shots
  • Skated more than 25 minutes

Game Recap & Highlights

Alums combined for 8 goals, 15 assists and a 1-1 record in goal on the night


Wednesday, April 16

Matt Niskanen
Pittsburgh Penguins | U. of Minnesota Duluth

  • Recorded two points (1g-1a) in a 45-second span to help Pittsburgh erase a two-goal deficit in its 4-3 Game 1 win
  • Named the game's No. 2 star
  • Logged 19:24 of ice time, leading all Pens defensemen with 2:02 of ice time on the power play

Game Recap & Highlights

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