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We got two solid heavy lifts in [during a week], not maintenance lifts, let’s get stronger. This season I put on 10 pounds during the season. I came into the season at 195 and by the final game I was 205. I put on weight during the season, which is a positive.

- Dallas Stars prospect Devin Shore, who will captain the Maine Black Bears this season as a junior

Coach Schafer is a great coach and I definitely benefited from him. I’m happy with the way things worked out. I was able to learn a lot and make my game more well-rounded.

- Bruins prospect Brian Ferlin, who turned pro after three seasons with Cornell

Sometimes there are special guys that can play at 18 or 19 but that just wasn’t me. I needed that extra time to play with the Saints, go the college route and then finally work my way up through the minors.

- Cornell graduate Ben “The Professor” Scrivens with some wise words at a visit to an AJHL Spruce Grove Saints game

Sep 9

I don’t think in any other level of hockey you get the team dynamic that you do at university. At the beginning of the year you know the 25 or 30 guys in that locker room are going to be with you all year. You’re not worried about guys getting traded, guys getting called up, guys getting sent down. That really allows you to develop friendships and camaraderie on the team that you just don’t get at the junior or professional level where guys can be shipped off like they’re a commodity. You still have enough guys there that you have to battle every day for the spot that you ultimately earn on the team. The friendships you develop, I don’t think you quite do that in other circumstances.

- Taylor Fedun, former captain at Princeton, reflects on his time in college in this interview with former Clarkson player Mac Faulkner

I loved my time down there.

- NY Ranger goaltender Cam Talbot, the second Alabama-Huntsville alum to reach the NHL, on his time with the Chargers

Aug 7

BU is the next step in my development and it’s a better route for me at this time. I get to play against older players, the coaching staff is great. I like everything about it.

- Incoming Terrier freshman and potential No. 1 overall NHL draft pick Jack Eichel

In the amount of ice time that you get, you improve pretty much all aspects of your game. Your skill set, your hands and shooting [and] passing. I think we really improved in a lot of different areas.

- Wisconsin alum Joe Faust, who heads into his pro career with the New Jersey Devils a much improved player from four years ago

This isn’t a sprint. The finished product is still well down the road, but he’s made a lot of good strides and we feel really good about where he is and, more importantly, where he’s going to go to.

- Harvard alum and Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney on the progress of Yale junior Rob O’Gara

He’s getting stronger and stronger. He’s blowing away some of the tests out there. He’s one of the stronger guys in the room. He’s a quick guy. He’s a student of the game, for sure. He asks questions. He thinks it. He sleeps it. He eats it. We’re looking for a big year out of him at BC this year.

- Florida Panthers manager of player development Bryan McCabe on Boston College captain Mike Matheson

College is all playoffs, and I think it gets you ready. You see that statistically with the guys going to the NHL from college.

- Chicago Blackhawks draft pick John Hayden of Yale, a standout among dozens of college players at the team’s recent development camp