It’s officially March and that means it’s NCAA championship season. NCAA championship season also means that it’s time for the Frozen Four.

I am the kind of person who will watch and love hockey of any kind. That being said, my favorite hockey to watch is college hockey or as the Twitterverse calls it, #cawlidgehawkey. Because of ESPN hockey analyst John Buccigross and his famous Bostonian hashtag, the popularity of college hockey has grown and continues to do so.

ESPN shows the entire NCAA hockey tournament on it’s networks as well as streams them on ESPN3 for fans to watch on any device. Thanks to the internet, it’s never been so easy to watch your favorite collegiate team.

The NCAA hockey tournament is not only a time to watch the best college players in the United States, but it’s a time to see the future of our favorite leagues. Every year, players come from their respective colleges and sign in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and the SPHL. Some of the best players in each league come from the college ranks.

The top scorers in both the AHL and ECHL played college hockey. Chad Costello, the ECHL points leader, spent two seasons playing for Northeastern University, scoring 35 points (14g, 21a) in 59 games.

The AHL points leader, Kenny Agostino, spent four years at Yale, tallying 132 points (56g, 76a) in 134 games with the Bulldogs. The Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick helped the Bulldogs win the 2013 NCAA Championship at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Many players in the NCAA hockey tournament go on to play somewhere in the professional ranks. Whether it’s the NHL or the SPHL, fans get to see what can be the future of their respective team on national television.

So as you’re watching the NCAA hockey tournament and the Frozen Four this month. Keep an eye on every player on the ice because they could very well end up on your local team some day.

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