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USHL Alumni Seek NCAA Championship

03/27/2014, 3:00pm CDT
By bwerger

All 16 NCAA tournament teams have USHL graduates on their roster

The NCAA men’s hockey tournament begins this week and graduates of the USHL will have a big impact on which school becomes the national champion.  A total of 201 USHL alumni are competing in the tournament, representing 48% of all the players in the field.

All 16 teams in the NCAA tournament have at least one USHL graduate, led by the University of Notre Dame with 23 alumni of the League on their roster.  The top-seeded University of Minnesota has 22 USHL alumni on the roster.  Among the 201 USHL alumni in the field, 64 of them are NHL Draft selections.

Each of the 16 active USHL Member Clubs have multiple former players competing in the tournament.  Team USA leads the way with 32 alumni among the rosters, followed by the Waterloo Black Hawks with 24, and the Sioux Falls Stampede with 19.  All but two USHL teams have at least 10 players in the tournament.  The Des Moines Buccaneers and Waterloo Black Hawks both have players on 11 of the 16 teams competing, followed by the Indiana Ice, Omaha Lancers, Sioux Falls Stampede, and Team USA which all have players on 10 of the 16 NCAA teams. 

Additionally, four of the 16 NCAA teams have a head coach that has previously coached in the USHL – Jim Montgomery (Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2010-13) of the University of Denver, Mike Hastings (Omaha Lancers, 1994-2008) of Minnesota State University-Mankato, Dave Hakstol (Sioux City Musketeers, 1996-2000) of the University of North Dakota, and Bob Motzko (North Iowa Huskies, 1987-91 and Sioux Falls Stampede, 1999-2001).  Both Montgomery (2013, 2011) and Hastings (2008, 2001, 1998) won Clark Cup championships during their time in the USHL.

Seventeen USHL alumni on the rosters of teams in the NCAA tournament won a Clark Cup while playing in the USHL.  Those 17 players are spread amongst 10 of the 16 schools competing. 

Number of Alumni on NCAA Tournament Rosters

University of Notre Dame – 23

University of Minnesota – 22

University of Wisconsin – 17

University of Denver – 16

Ferris State University – 16

Boston College – 14

Minnesota State University, Mankato – 14

St. Cloud State University – 14

University of North Dakota – 13

University of Massachusetts-Lowell – 12

University of Vermont – 10

Providence College – 9

Union College – 9

Quinnipiac University – 8

Robert Morris University – 3

Colgate University – 1


Number of Alumni From Each USHL Member Club

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders – 14

Chicago Steel – 15

Des Moines Buccaneers – 17

Dubuque Fighting Saints – 12

Fargo Force – 17

Green Bay Gamblers – 15

Indiana Ice – 12

Lincoln Stars – 10

Muskegon Lumberjacks – 8

Omaha Lancers – 16

Sioux City Musketeers – 10

Sioux Falls Stampede – 19

Team USA – 32

Tri-City Storm – 13

Waterloo Black Hawks – 24

Youngstown Phantoms – 9

*players who competed for multiple USHL teams are included in totals for each team


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.

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