Anchorage or bust: The former homes of UAA hockey’s freshmen players

For many of the incoming college freshmen, the arrival to UAA in the Fall will the first step they make toward living out a dream.  But for the student-athletes recruited by the Seawolves, it is just the latest chapter in a dream they have be chasing for years, especially for the ones joining the D. I ranks.

Last month UAA hockey head coach Matt Thomas announced the 2015-16 recruiting class.  It included five Canadians, three Americans, and one Swede.  Many the recruits will be coming to Alaska from the British Columbia Hockey League, a Junior-A league with 16 member-squads.  The other recruits were called up from the United States Hockey League, the Alberta Junior Hockey League, and the J20 SuperElit (Sweden); also Junior-A leagues.

The following map depicts the locations of the players’ former squad.

*The Renouf brothers spent one season as redshirt freshmen of the the Quinnipiac Bobcats.  Their geographic and statistical information is based on the 2013-14 season with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL.