College hockey is well represented in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with 116 former NCAA players on rosters as the chase for the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday night.
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Every first-round series will feature between nine and 19 NCAA alumni. Boston and Pittsburgh lead all playoff teams with 13 former college players on each roster.
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Eleven of the 16 teams in the playoffs have a former NCAA champion on their roster, including 2018 Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player Karson Kuhlman on the Bruins.
Two series will pit former college teammates against each other: St. Louis-Winnipeg (Michigan State’s Mackenzie MacEachern and Mason Appleton) and Boston-Toronto (Denver’s Danton Heinen and Trevor Moore).
Thirty-five schools have alumni in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, led by Michigan (12), Minnesota (10), Boston College (9) and Boston University (9).
A record 325 NCAA alumni appeared in the NHL in the regular season, making up 32.5% of all NHL players.