The Frozen Four begins this afternoon, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have five prospects in the middle of the action.
One of the headline players entering the weekend is Boston College forward Kevin Hayes, the Hawks’ first round pick in 2010. Hayes had a fantastic senior season at BC, scoring 27 goals and adding 36 assists in 39 games. His 63 points were second on BC this season.
Also skating for BC is freshman forward Chris Calnan. A third round pick of the Hawks in 2012, Calnan had four goals and eight assists in 36 games with BC this season. (Reminder: he is Jeremy Roenick’s nephew).
Boston College takes on Union at 4 pm CT today. The game is on ESPN2.
In the late game, Minnesota will take on North Dakota and both teams will have a Hawks draft pick in the lineup.
North Dakota center Luke Johnson was a Chicago selection in the fifth round of the 2013 Draft. He posted eight goals and 13 assists in 41 games this year. Defenseman Nick Mattson, a sixth round pick in 2010, had 23 points in 39 games.
Minnesota senior defenseman Justin Holl was a second round pick by the Hawks in 2010. He had 12 assists in 37 games for the Gophers this year.
The Minnesota-North Dakota game begins at 7:30 pm CT and is also on ESPN2.