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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Sunday, April 26

Zach Parise
Minnesota Wild | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored twice as the Wild clinched its first-round series vs. St. Louis
  • First goal started the game's scoring while shorthanded; the second extended the lead to 3-1
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, April 25

Duncan Keith
Chicago Blackhawks | Michigan State

  • Scored the game-winning goal and added two assists as Chicago advanced past Nashville, 4-3
  • Fired 6 shots on goal, was +2 in 28:00 of ice time
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, April 24

Carl Hagelin
New York Rangers | U. of Michigan 

  • Clinched the first-round series with his overtime goal
  • Had 3 shots in 21:33 of ice time
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: The Rangers won Games 4 and 5 in overtime, with all six points on those goals coming from NCAA alums


Thursday, April 23

Ryan Miller
Vancouver Canucks | Michigan State

  • Stopped 21 of 22 shots for the win in his first start of the playoffs
  • Helped send the series back to Calgary with the Canucks trailing, 3-2
  • Named the No. 3 star of the game

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Colin Wilson (Boston University) scored his NHL-leading fifth goal of the playoffs ... Jay Beagle (Alaska Anchorage) had a pair of assists. 


Wednesday, April 22

Ryan Kesler
Anaheim Ducks | Ohio State

  • Scored two goals as Anaheim finished off its sweep of Winnipeg
  • Both goals came in the third period, including the eventual game-winner
  • Fired 5 shots on goal and was +3 in 19:05 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: All three stars in the Ducks-Jets game were NCAA alums (Kesler, Andrew Cogliano, Mark Stuart) ... Rookie Kevin Hayes (Boston College) scored the overtime winner to give the New York Rangers a 3-1 series lead vs. Pittsburgh ... Kevin Shattenkirk (Boston University) had three assists in St. Louis's 6-1 win. 


Tuesday, April 21

Scott Darling
Chicago Blackhawks | U. of Maine

  • Made 50 saves in Chicago's 3-2, triple-OT win vs. Nashville
  • Improved to 3-0-0 in the playoffs
  • Named the game's No. 1 star

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Riley Sheahan (Notre Dame) scored for Detroit, making it 20 schools with alums to score a goal in this year's playoffs ... Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College/Calgary) scored his first career OT goal.


Monday, April 20

Zach Parise
Minnesota Wild | U. of North Dakota

  • Scored a goal and added an assist as Minnesota took a 2-1 series lead vs. St. Louis
  • Named the No. 1 star of the game
  • Had 2 shots, was +2 and led Wild forwards with 18:29 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: Alums combined for 6 goals and 8 assists on the 15 goals scored on the night.  


Sunday, April 19

Kyle Okposo
NY Islanders | U. of Minnesota

  • Started the scoring in the Islanders' 2-1 overtime win vs. Washington
  • Fired 4 shots on goal and won 4 of 5 faceoffs

Game Recap & Highlights


Saturday, April 18

Chris Kunitz
Pittsburgh Penguins | Ferris State

  • Recorded a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh evened the series vs. the Rangers
  • Third-period power-play goal stood up as the game winner
  • Named the game's No. 2 star

Game Recap & Highlights


Friday, April 17

Craig Smith
Nashville Predators | U. of Wisconsin

  • Scored twice and added an assist in Nashville's 6-2 win
  • Posted 4 shots and a +2 rating in 18:34 of ice time

Game Recap & Highlights


Thursday, April 16

Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers | U. of Wisconsin

  • Scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the Rangers' 2-1 Game 1 win
  • Led the team with 25:36 of ice time
  • Had 4 shots, 3 blocks and 2 hits

Game Recap & Highlights

Noteworthy: 20 of the 40 players in the NYR-PIT game were NCAA alums ... Alumni goal scorers represented Boston College, Colorado College, Denver, Michigan, North Dakota and Wisconsin.


Wednesday, April 15

Brian Flynn
Montreal Canadiens | U. of Maine

  • Had a goal and two assists to lead Montreal to a Game 1 win, 4-3 vs. Ottawa 
  • Named the game's No. 1 star
  • Goal proved to be the game-winner at 17:17 of the second period

Game Recap & Highlights

Elsewhere: Another former Maine star, Scott Darling, got the win in relief for Chicago ... More than half of the goals scored last night (12 of 22) came from NCAA alums ... Vermont and North Dakota alums accounted for three goals each ... Former Michigan State defenseman Duncan Keith had the game-winner in the first overtime game of the playoffs.

 

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