All five of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s NHL prospects featured in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Division I Championship bracket were eliminated in the regional rounds this past weekend. Accordingly, barring a future trade or free-agent signing, local fans shouldn't bank on seeing any of next week’s Frozen Four participants making the Tampa Bay Times Forum their workplace.
That notwithstanding, it is worth noting the dense presence of U.S. college alumni on the team that will lend its abode to the upcoming NCAA championship.
Out of 27 players to have suited up for the Bolts this season, 13 played their last lick of amateur hockey at a Division I institution. All but one of them (rookie Evan Oberg, formerly of Minnesota-Duluth), are presently playing at the NHL level.
In alphabetical order, here is a capsule of highlights from each current Lightning player’s NCAA career.