Boston College Hockey: Eagles In The NHL

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A total of 22 of the NHL's 30 franchises have at least one tie to Boston College either on the current roster, in the minors, as a draft pick or in the front office. Eighteen players are on active NHL rosters, six are playing in the minors and another nine are draft picks.

After the jump the current list of BC ties in the pros. Go Eagles!

Boston Bruins
Draft Pick: Tommy Cross - Sr., D, Boston College - 2nd (35), 2007
-- Team captain playing for legendary Jerry York

Buffalo Sabres
42 - Nathan Gerbe - Boston College (2005-08)
-- Leading scorer on the 2008 NCAA championship team, winning the title in his final college game at Denver's Pepsi Center
-- Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Tournament and the MVP of the 2008 Hockey East Tournament
-- A finalist for the 2008 Hobey Baker Award and a first-team All-American
-- Teammates included Cory Schneider, Brian Boyle, Ben Smith, Benn Ferriero

Calgary Flames
Krys Kolanos - Boston College (1999-2001)
-- Won the 2001 NCAA championship as a freshman, scoring the winning goal in overtime of the title game
-- A second-team All-American and second-team All-Hockey East selection in 2001
-- MVP of the 2001 Beanpot

Draft Pick: Bill Arnold - So., F, Boston College - 4th (108), 2010

Draft Pick: John Gaudreau - Fr., F, Boston College - 4th (104), 2011

Carolina Hurricanes

Draft Pick: Brian Dumoulin - Jr., D, Boston College - 2nd (51), 2009
-- Returning first-team All-American

Chicago Blackhawks
28 - Ben Smith - Boston College (2006-10)

-- Won the 2010 NCAA championship at Ford Field in his final college game and the 2008 NCAA championship at Denver's Pepsi Center
-- Named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 NCAA Tournament
-- Won Hockey East's Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award in 2010
-- Teammates included Jimmy Hayes, Cory Schneider, Brian Boyle, Nathan Gerbe, Benn Ferriero, Cam Atkinson, Carl Sneep

39 - Jimmy Hayes - Boston College (2008-11)
-- Brother, Kevin, is a sophomore at BC this season
-- Teammates included Ben Smith, Benn Ferriero, Cam Atkinson

Draft Pick: Kevin Hayes - So., F, Boston College - 1st (24), 2010

Colorado Avalanche
17 - Chuck Kobasew - Boston College (2000-01)
-- Won the 2001 NCAA championship and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player
-- Hockey East Rookie of the Year and MVP of the Hockey East Tournament
-- His 10 GWG in 2000-01 are tied for the NCAA single-season record
-- Teammates included Brian Gionta, Rob Scuderi, Brooks Orpik, Scott Clemmensen

Scout Neil Shea - Boston College (1982-86)

Draft Pick: Paul Carey - Sr., F, Boston College - 5th (135), 2007

Columbus Blue Jackets
Minors: Cam Atkinson - Boston College (2008-11)
-- One of three finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award and a first-team All-American
-- Leading scorer on the 2010 NCAA championship team, winning the title at Detroit's Ford Field
-- MVP of the 2011 Hockey East Tournament
-- Teammates included Benn Ferriero, Ben Smith

Detroit Red Wings
17 - Patrick Eaves - Boston College (2002-05)
-- Hockey East Player of the Year in 2005 and a finalist for the 2005 Hobey Baker Award
-- Two-time All-American (first-team in 2005, second-team in 2004)
-- Teammates included Ryan Shannon, Brian Boyle, Andrew Alberts, Cory Schneider

Florida Panthers
30 - Scott Clemmensen - Boston College (1997-2001)
-- Won the 2011 NCAA championship in his final college game
-- BC's career wins leader (99)
-- Teammates included Brian Gionta, Marty Reasoner, Mike Mottau, Chuck Kobasew, Rob Scuderi, Brooks Orpik

Los Angeles Kings
7 - Rob Scuderi - Boston College (1997-2001)
-- Won the 2001 NCAA championship in his final college game
-- Holds BC's record for career games played (169)
-- Teammates included Brian Gionta, Marty Reasoner, Mike Mottau, Chuck Kobasew, Scott Clemmensen, Brooks Orpik

Montreal Canadiens
21 - Brian Gionta - Boston College (1997-2001)
-- Won the 2001 NCAA championship in his final college game
-- Four-time All-American (second-team as a freshman, first-team his last three years)
-- A three-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (1999, 2000, 2001)
-- Won the 2001 Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England
-- Hockey East Player of the Year in 2001 and Rookie of the Year in 1998
-- The school's career leader in goals (123); second on Boston College's career scoring list behind only David Emma
-- Teammates included Marty Reasoner, Mike Mottau, Rob Scuderi, Scott Clemmensen, Brooks Orpik, Chuck Kobasew, Krys Kolanos

Nashville Predators
Director of Hockey Operations Brian Poile - Boston College (1996-97)

New Jersey Devils
Minors: Stephen Gionta - Boston College (2002-07)
-- Teammates included Peter Harrold, Ryan Shannon, Andrew Alberts, Patrick Eaves, Brian Boyle

Minors: Peter Harrold - Boston College (2002-06)
-- Teammates included Ryan Shannon, Andrew Alberts, Patrick Eaves, Stephen Gionta, Brian Boyle, Cory Schneider, Nathan Gerbe

New York Islanders
10 - Mike Mottau - Boston College (1996-2000)
-- Winner of the 2000 Hobey Baker Award
-- Boston College's career leader in assists with 130
-- Twice won the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England (1999, 2000)
-- Shared the 2000 Hockey East Player of the Year Award with Ty Conklin
-- Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman in 2000
-- Three-time All-America selection (first-team in 2000 and 1999, second-team in 1998)
-- Led BC in scoring his sophomore and junior seasons
-- Teammates included Brian Gionta, Rob Scuderi, Scott Clemmensen

16 - Marty Reasoner - Boston College (1995-99)
-- Hockey East's Rookie of the Year in 1996
-- MVP of the Hockey East Tournament in 1998
-- First-team All-American in 1998

Scout David Hymovitz - Boston College (1992-96)

New York Rangers
22 - Brian Boyle - Boston College (2003-07)
-- Two-time All-American (first-team in 2007, second-team in 2006)
-- MVP of the 2005 Hockey East Tournament
-- Teammates included Patrick Eaves, Ryan Shannon, Cory Schneider, Andrew Alberts, Nathan Gerbe, Benn Ferriero, Ben Smith, Peter Harrold
-- Played some defense as a senior

Draft Pick: Chris Kreider - Jr., F, Boston College - 1st (19), 2009
-- Leading scorer for the Eagles
-- MVP of the season-opening Ice Breaker Tournament

Philadelphia Flyers
Assistant Coach Joe Mullen - Boston College (1975-79)

Pittsburgh Penguins
6 - Ben Lovejoy - Dartmouth (2004-07), Boston College (2002-03)
-- Teammates included Lee Stempniak, Nick Johnson, David Jones, T.J. Galiardi, Tanner Glass, Hugh Jessiman
-- Played freshman year at BC before transferring; teammates included Patrick Eaves, Andrew Alberts, Peter Harrold

44 - Brooks Orpik - Boston College (2007-11)
-- Won the 2001 NCAA championship in his final game as a collegian
-- Teammates included Brian Gionta, Mike Mottau, Rob Scuderi, Scott Clemmensen, Chuck Kobasew, Krys Kolanos

Minors: Brian Gibbons - Boston College (2007-11)
-- Won the 2008 and 2010 NCAA championships

Minors: Carl Sneep - Boston College (2006-10)
-- Won the 2010 NCAA championship at Ford Field in his final college game and the 2008 NCAA championship at Denver's Pepsi Center
-- Teammates included Cory Schneider, Brian Boyle, Nathan Gerbe, Benn Ferriero, Cam Atkinson, Ben Smith

San Jose Sharks
78 - Benn Ferriero - Boston College (2005-09)
-- Won the 2008 NCAA championship at Denver's Pepsi Center
-- Teammates included Brian Boyle, Peter Harrold, Nathan Gerbe, Cory Schneider, Ben Smith

Minors: Nick Petrecki - Boston College (2007-09)
-- Won the 2008 NCAA championship at Denver's Pepsi Center

Draft Pick: Isaac MacLeod - So., D, Boston College - 5th (136), 2010

Tampa Bay Lightning
22 - Ryan Shannon - Boston College (2003-07)
-- Second-team All-American and first-team All-Hockey East in both 2004 and 2005
-- Teammates included Andrew Alberts, Patrick Eaves, Brian Boyle, Cory Schneider, Peter Harrold

Toronto Maple Leafs
Assistant Coach Scott Gordon - Boston College (1983-86)

Vancouver Canucks
41 - Andrew Alberts - Boston College (2001-05)
-- Two-time first-team All-American (2005, 2004)
-- Hockey East's Best Defensive Defenseman in 2004
-- Teammates included Ryan Shannon, Patrick Eaves, Peter Harrold, Brian Boyle, Cory Schneider

35 - Cory Schneider - Boston College (2004-07)
-- First-team All-American in 2006
-- BC's career shutouts leader (15)
-- Teammates included Andrew Alberts, Brian Boyle, Patrick Eaves, Ryan Shannon, Peter Harrold, Nathan Gerbe, Benn Ferriero, Ben Smith

Washington Capitals
Draft Pick: Patrick Wey - Jr., D, Boston College - 4th (115), 2009

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