BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 15, 2021 – Twenty-two alumni representing nine current Western Collegiate Hockey Association member institutions appear on National Hockey League rosters as the NHL opens the 2020-21 season.
The total includes 14 players on active rosters, six players on taxi squads and two on injured reserve. Fourteen of the 31 NHL teams feature at least one WCHA alum.
"We are so proud of the many accomplishments of our men's WCHA student-athletes who have risen to the high-level success of the National Hockey League," WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson said. "The conference continues to produce top-level players and the WCHA is a solid foundation to their NHL careers. We wish them all nothing but success during this unique NHL season."
Michigan Tech and Minnesota State boast the most alumni with five players each. Bowling Green is next with four players while Bemidji State and Lake Superior State have two. Alabama Huntsville, Alaska, Alaska Anchorage and Ferris State are represented by one player.
Four players are members of the Minnesota Wild, the most of any team in the NHL. Five teams - Calgary, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Vancouver are home to a pair of WCHA players while Anaheim, Arizona, Chicago, Edmonton, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Vegas and Washington opened the season with one former WCHA player.
|WCHA Alumni on NHL Rosters|
|Player||Pos.||NHL Team||WCHA School|
|Cam Talbot||G||Minnesota Wild||Alabama Huntsville|
|Colton Parayko||D||St. Louis Blues||Alaska|
|Jay Beagle||F||Vancouver||Alaska Anchorage|
|Brad Hunt||D||Minnesota Wild||Bemidji State|
|Zach Whitecloud||D||Vegas Golden Knights||Bemidji State|
|Ryan Carpenter||F||Chicago Blackhawks||Bowling Green|
|Mark Friedman||D||Philadelphia Flyers||Bowling Green|
|Andrew Hammond (TS)||G||Minnesota Wild||Bowling Green|
|Sean Walker (IR)||D||Los Angeles Kings||Bowling Green|
|Gerald Mayhew||F||Minnesota Wild||Ferris State|
|Buddy Robinson (TS)||F||Calgary Flames||Lake Superior State|
|Zach Trotman (IR)||D||Pittsburgh Penguins||Lake Superior State|
|Pheonix Copley (TS)||G||Washington Capitals||Michigan Tech|
|Tanner Kero||F||Dallas Stars||Michigan Tech|
|Jujhar Khaira||F||Edmonton Oilers||Michigan Tech|
|Joel L'Esperance||F||Dallas Stars||Michigan Tech|
|Matt Roy||D||Los Angeles Kings||Michigan Tech|
|David Backes (TS)||F||Anaheim Ducks||Minnesota State|
|Teddy Blueger||F||Pittsburgh Penguins||Minnesota State|
|Connor Mackey (TS)||D||Calgary Flames||Minnesota State|
|Marc Michaelis (TS)||F||Vancouver Canucks||Minnesota State|
|Tyler Pitlick||F||Arizona Coyotes||Minnesota State|
|(IR)- Injured Reserve / (TS)- Taxi Squad|
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Men’s League
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, is marking its 69th season of men's competition in 2020-21. The 10-team NCAA Division I conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.