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Twenty-Two WCHA Alumni Dot NHL Rosters As 2020-21 Season Opens
Nine current WCHA teams represented on 14 NHL squads

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.