YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The NCAA announced the qualifying teams for this year’s D-I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship on Sunday afternoon, and Phantoms fans will see many familiar names to root for. The University of Denver received the No. 1 overall seed, with the University of Minnesota Duluth, Harvard University, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities received the other top seeds. Listed below are the former Phantoms who will be playing for the 2017 NCAA D-I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, sorted alphabetically by college:
Air Force Academy – Kyle Mackey
Ohio State University – Matt Miller, Tommy Parran, Sean Romeo (reshirted), Luke Stork
Pennsylvania State University – Brett Murray, Kris Myllari
Providence College – Truman Reed
Union College – Vas Kolias
University of Denver – Kevin Conley
University of Massachusetts Lowell – James Winkler
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Tyler Sheehy
University of Notre Dame – Cameron Morrison
“You always want success for your players when they move on afterwards,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “It’s not only about the hockey player, it’s about the character of the young men that were in Youngstown. Not only are (those players) top notch hockey players, they’re top notch human beings. They did a lot for our area while they were here. I’ve been getting text messages from Phantom alumni saying ‘Hey, did you see this?’, ‘Did you see that?’, and ‘Congrats!’, and it’s very satisfying to see that and the bond that these guys have created. I think that’s a big part of being a Youngstown Phantom: when you come here, you’re a Phantom for life, and there’s always guys pushing for you when you move on.”
The 2017 NCAA D-I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship kicks off Friday March 24 when the University of Minnesota Duluth battles Ohio State University at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota, home of the USHL’s Fargo Force. For more information about the 2017 NCAA D-I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, which concludes with the Frozen Four at the United Center in Chicago on April 6 & 8, visit NCAA.com/FrozenFour.
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 players were chosen in the 2016 NHL Draft and more than 402 players on team rosters this season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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