The field is set. Here is the bracket of 16 for the 2009 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament.
Many of you know Nate Ewell as the Director of Media Relations for the Washington Capitals. What you may not know is that Nate is one of the guys behind an invaluable college hockey resource, InsideCollegeHockey.com or INCH. INCH should be your go-to site as you prepare and follow this field of 16.
So you have tickets to the Frozen Four here at the Phone Booth, but your school doesn’t have a Division I Ice Hockey Program leaving you without a dog in the fight. Nate has you covered. He put on both his Caps and INCH hat and sent along the following to help us in picking “our” team:
The local products include two players on Northeastern – Greg Costa (Crownsville, Md.) and Chris Donovan (Fairfax Station, Va.). The Huskies earned the second seed in the Midwest Regional and will face Cornell on Saturday in the first round. Air Force’s Matt Fairchild (Ashburn, Va.) was an Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament selection after scoring three goals this weekend and will face Michigan on Friday in the East Regional. Two D.C.-area defensemen, New Hampshire’s Jamie Fritsch (Odenton, Md.) and Ohio State’s Corey Toy (Round Hill, Va.), are in the Northeast Regional, which begins play on Saturday in Manchester, N.H.
All three Capitals draft picks in the tournament are in the Northeast Regional; as long as one of the top three teams in that bracket makes it to the Frozen Four, the Capitals will have a prospect on the ice at Verizon Center. Defenseman Joe Finley, a first-round choice in 2005, will help lead second-seeded North Dakota against third-seeded New Hampshire and center Phil DeSimone, Washington’s third-round choice in 2007. Forward Andrew Glass, a seventh-round choice in 2007, is a freshman for top-seeded Boston University, which faces Ohio State in the first round.
OFB will provide some updates throughout the tournament and hope to see you at the Phone Booth for the Frozen Four.