NCAA alumni in NHL cracks 300 for fourth year

UND MacMillanCourtesy College Hockey Inc. …

A standout group of rookies and a record number of goaltenders highlighted the 310 NCAA alumni to appear in the NHL this season, the fourth year that more than 300 former college hockey players have played in the league.

College players made up 31.5 percent of all NHLers —  the eighth straight season of at least 30 percent. The former college players in the NHL include:

  • Six of the league’s top 12 rookie scorers, including the top two rookie goal scorers in Kyle Connor (31) and Brock Boeser (29)
  • A record 28 goaltenders, three more than any other NHL season
  • 16 players who played in both the NCAA and NHL this season, a record for one year and four times as many as just four years ago

Forty-nine of the 60 NCAA Division I schools had an alum playing in the NHL in 2017-18. Minnesota led all schools with 26, followed by Boston College and North Dakota (22 each),Michigan (21) and Boston University (18).

The NCAA alumni in the NHL in 2017-18 included 80 percent of all Americans in the league, including 50 percent of the undrafted players in the NHL.

More than 71 percent of the 310 former college players in the NHL played at least three seasons on campus. Men’s hockey enjoys a 90 percent graduation rate, among the best NCAA Division I men’s sports according to the NCAA.

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