Hockey is just around the corner, and that means training camps and prospect games! Want to know which teams to follow to see your favorite players? We've got you covered.
Anaheim Ducks: Currently no Eagles. Barry Almeida played for their ECHL affiliate, the Utah Grizzlies, last season, but has yet to sign a new contract.
Arizona Coyotes: Phillip Samuelsson, who spent most of last year in the AHL with the Portland Pirates and WBS Penguins, is participating in Arizona's training camp. He saw 4 games in the NHL last season with Arizona. Samuelsson is likely to begin his season in the AHL, but could very well see NHL playing time as the season progresses. Destry Straight signed with Arizona's ECHL affiliate, but was not invited to the NHL training camp.
Boston Bruins: The big news this summer was Jimmy Hayes coming to Boston. Hayes is joined at Bruins training camp by Tommy Cross, who has been a steady defensive presence for the Providence Bruins since graduating from BC. Hayes wore the A in the game. Both had a good game in Boston's preseason opener, and Hayes will certainly spend his season in the NHL. Cross is a tough guy with good defensive skills who deserves a chance in the NHL, and we can only hope that an impressive preseason performance will make him the first call up when the Bruins need a defender.
Buffalo Sabres: Their captain is Boston College favorite, Brian Gionta. Who cares about Buffalo's new favorite rookie when they have a BC legend? Also of note: Brad Barone has been invited to the Elmira Jackals training camp (Buffalo's ECHL affiliate.) Nick Petrecki spent last season with Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester, but was injured for much of the year.
Calgary Flames: Both Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold are participating in Calgary's training camp. Unfortunately, they're in different groups, so we won't get to see them reunited on a line together. Arnold also played in the Youngstar Tournament for the Flames, where he picked up a goal and an assist against Edmonton. He also picked up an assist against the University of Calgary Dinos. Arnold was an Alternate Captain in the Youngstars Tournament and in the game against the Dinos, and was mentioned as a standout by Calgary's Assistant GM, Craig Conroy.
Carolina Hurricanes: The Hurricanes boast 3 former Eagles at their training camp. Nathan Gerbe, who has played his last few NHL seasons in Carolina, will be joined by Noah Hanifin and Patrick Brown. Brown has spent most of his time since graduating with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). Hanifin also represented the Hurricanes at the NHL Prospect Tournament. Also of note: Steven Whitney spent last season with Carolina's ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades.
Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago has no BC alums.
Colorado Avalanche: Colorado has no BC alums.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Cam Atkinson, who has been a fan favorite in Columbus, is participating in their training camp and will definitely continue in the NHL this season.
Dallas Stars: Patrick Eaves is participating in Dallas's training camp, and he will continue to play for them this season. He is joined by John Muse, who will likely spend this season with Dallas's AHL affiliate. Also important: Quinn Smith recently signed with Dallas's ECHL affiliate.
Detroit Red Wings: Detroit has no BC alums.
Edmonton Oilers: Edmonton has no BC alums.
Florida Panthers: Mike Matheson is participating in Florida's training camp. He spent last season with their ECHL affiliate after leaving BC. Matheson has had an impressive camp so far - his 3 on 3 OT goal won Florida's second preseason game against Nashville.
Los Angeles Kings: LA has no BC alums.
Minnesota Wild: Minnesota has no BC alums.
Montreal Canadiens: Montreal has no BC alums.
Nashville Predators: Nashville has no BC alums.
New Jersey Devils: New Jersey is, of course, home to Cory Schneider, who has a spectacular season backing up a not so spectacular team last year. Stephen Gionta will also participate in NJ's training camp and will make the team.
New York Islanders: Joe Whitney is a new addition to the Islanders, who could end up in either the NHL or the AHL. He's been consistently productive in the AHL, but thus far his NHL teams have seemed scared off by his smaller stature. Parker Milner signed with the Islanders AHL affiliate and should see solid playing time with them.
New York Rangers: The Rangers have become BC's team. Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes will remain important members of the Rangers lineup. They are joined in training camp by Brian Gibbons.
Ottawa Senators: Ottawa has no BC alums.
Philadelphia Flyers: Philly has no BC alums.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Rob Scuderi and Brian Dumoulin are both participating in Pittsburgh's training camp. Scuderi will play for Pittsburgh during the season, while Dumoulin is likely to see both AHL and NHL actions.
San Jose Sharks: Ben Smith is participating in San Jose's training camp and will make the team.
St. Louis Blues: Peter Harrold is attending the Blues' training camp and will make the team. Patch Alber is signed to the Missouri Mavericks, St. Louis's ECHL affiliate, where he will spend the season.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Brian Boyle will continue to be an important presence for the Lightning this season.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Toronto has no BC alums.
Vancouver Canucks: Vancouver has no BC alums.
Washington Capitals: Brooks Orpik will continue to be an important defensive member of the Caps this season. He will be joined at training camp by Paul Carey, who is looking for a steady NHL spot after a few seasons going up and down between AHL and NHL.
Winnipeg Jets: Winnipeg has no BC alums.
Minor League camps occur in after NHL camps - some of your favorite smaller name BC alums will likely be heading to those camps.