This article is part of our The Kids' Table series.
It's been a little more than three years since I graduated from the great institution of West Virginia University and not a day goes by that I miss every second of Morgantown. My sophomore year was in 2010, when the Olympic games were taking place in Vancouver. Watching those games was what originally got me into hockey, so had I not been at school finding a way to procrastinate, there's a chance I wouldn't even be writing this right now.
Since West Virginia wasn't exactly a hot-bed for hockey talent, WVU was without a hockey team – unless you want to count the club team. Sure, college hockey is huge in certain parts of the country, but a few years ago it still wasn't really on the national radar. Times have certainly changed though, as it's received a big boost in an age dominated by social media. ESPN's John Buccigross – who should get a lot of credit for making "#CawlidgeHawkey" more mainstream – consistently keeps college puck in his Twitter timeline, sharing his perception of the current NCAA landscape.
BucciMane #cawlidgehawkey Top 10 1 BC 2 Quinnipiac 3 Providence 4 NDakota 5 NebOmaha 6 UMassLowell 7 StCloud 8 YaleU 9 Harvard 10 Merrimack— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) November 16, 2015
"BucciMane" is definitely on point with his rankings of the top teams in the country and these are the programs that have – and will continue – to produce NHL-worthy talent. This week we'll take a look