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A first: One of the best players in college hockey is a Texan

10489851-largeThe math is about right for this: One of the very best players in college hockey is from Texas. The Stars relocated from Minny to Dallas in 1993, which means Austin Smith grew up with the sport. 

Today, Smith is a senior at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, which goes to nation's top college hockey player.

He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL amateur draft. Smith is a 5-11, 180 pound forward. Here is Smith's bio on the Colgate website.

Smith leads the nation with 36 goals, and is second nationally with 56 points.

The Stars have the rights to another finalist for this award, Reilly Smith from Miami of Ohio.

This is part of the grass roots movement that can happen in the non-traditional states that have an NHL franchise. But it takes about 20 years before you see the little kids that grow up with hockey jump into the sport and start developing into NHL draft worthy talent.

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The part that has me shaking my head is that I don't recall seeing any comment from the teen's(the one that was hazed)parent/s? What kind of assoc. must the KMHA (or any MHA) be that people are scared to come forward and voice an opinion? Are you required to sign some kind of gag letter prior to your kid playing?

I'm happy to see that your keeping the issue alive.

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