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NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Tournament Bracket

By Keith Schultz

On Sunday, the NCAA announced it’s March Madness and the path to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.  Why of course this is a Chicago Blackhawks blog, but there are plenty of Blackhawks prospects that will be in the tournament when the puck is dropped on March 28th.

The biggest prospect plays for the University of Notre Dame and his name is Stephen Johns.  Johns is not signed yet by the Chicago Blackhawks organization, but many see him stepping right in next season and starting at the highest level totally skipping Rockford.  Johns has led the Irish to the tournament so the Johns watch won’t start until March 29th at the earliest in Chicago.

Also on Johns team is Blackhawks propsect Vince Hinostroza. Hinostroza was very impressive during the World Juniors tournament while playing for Team USA.  The Irish will be the #2 seed in the West and will be looking for the Blackhawks two prospects to lead them to the City of Brotherly Love.

The second biggest Blackhawks prospect on display during the tournament will be Boston College star Kevin Hayes. Hayes had a spectacular season and is one of 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.  Hayes like Johns is not signed so as soon as his tournament is over Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks organization will have some work to do to get these two under contract.

Chris Calnan is also a Blackhawks prospect that plays for Boston College.  The Forward played in 28 games scoring 4 goals and picking up 7 assists during the fantastic Eagles season.

The final Blackhawks prospects playing in the tournament are North Dakota’s Nick Matteson ,Michael Paliotta University of Vermont Defenseman, and University of Minnesota D-man Justin Holl. So if you have no rooting interest school wise in the tournament there are plenty of Blackhawks future players to check out on the road to Philly!

Which Blackhawks Prospect will you be rooting for in the NCAA Tourney?

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