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Twenty Six Pittsburgh-Area Players Competing in NCAA Division 1 Hockey This Season

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Twenty six Pittsburgh-area players are playing NCAA Division 1 hockey this season – another sign of the sport’s growth and burgeoning impact in Western Pennsylvania.


In fact, seven local players will be on the rosters of Robert Morris and Ohio State when they meet in the third Pittsburgh College Hockey Showcase Friday night at Mellon Arena.

Last season, 23 Pittsburgh-area products played Division 1 hockey and five local players reached the NHL. This year, Fox Chapel’s Bill Thomas became the second Pittsburgh-area player to play for the Penguins, following in the footsteps of Ryan Malone (Upper St. Clair). Malone is now with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“Interest in hockey here is at an all-time high, and it continues to grow,” said Penguins president David Morehouse. “That is reflected not only in our ticket sales and television ratings but also in the growing participation in amateur hockey at all levels. The fact that the Pittsburgh area is now consistently producing so many Division 1 college players is another example of how the game has taken hold – and is a tribute to all those parents, coaches and local league volunteers who made it possible.”

The Ohio State team that will take on Robert Morris Friday at Mellon Arena features two local players who are NHL draft picks – defenseman Matt Bartkowski of Mt. Lebanon, a draft choice of the Florida Panthers, and forward C. J. Severyn of Beaver, a draft pick of the Calgary Flames. Forward Sergio Somma of Plum also skates for the Buckeyes.

Local products on the Robert Morris roster are forward Furman South (Sewickley), defenseman Denny Urban (Baldwin), defenseman Josh Jones (Scenery Hill) and forward Ron Cramer (New Wilmington).

2008-09 PITTSBURGH AREA NCAA DIVISION ONE PLAYERS
Name College PIHL High School/hometown
Matt Bartkowski Ohio State Mt. Lebanon
Trent Bonnett Bentley Butler
Matt Celin Holy Cross Gibsonia
Chris Clackson Western Michigan Peters Township
Ron Cramer Robert Morris New Wilmington
Eddy Cullen Mercyhurst Somerset
Joe Federoff Alabama-Huntsville Montour
Patrick Gaul Notre Dame Upper St. Clair
Tim Hall Colorado College Sewickley
Christian Hanson Notre Dame Peters Township
Casey Haines Ferris State Indiana
Dane Hetland Miami-Ohio Bishop Canevin
Josh Jones Robert Morris Scenery Hill
Josh Kassell Army Greensburg
Jake Klancher St. Lawrence Pittsburgh
Mike Levendusky Western Michigan Hempfield
Rob Madore Vermont Venetia
Patrick Mullen Denver Upper St. Clair
Matt Quigley Northeastern Fox Chapel
Kenny Reiter Minnesota-Duluth Pittsburgh
Grant Scott Minnesota Sewickley
C.J. Severyn Ohio State Beaver
Sergio Somma Ohio State Plum
Furman South Robert Morris Sewickley
Denny Urban Robert Morris Baldwin-Whitehall
Ryan Zapolski Mercyhurst Erie Cathedral Prep

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