Although the majority of today's NHL players got their start in one of Canada's major junior leagues (OHL, WHL and QMJHL), there are a growing number of players coming out of U.S. colleges. Some are the sole representative of their college in the NHL, while other colleges are seeing as many as 20 alumni playing professionally.
In this slideshow, we will look at the best player from every college that has at least one alumni representing it in the NHL. This list is comprised of active players and those currently playing full-time in the big leagues. Players who are in the AHL or have split time between an AHL and NHL team were not eligible for inclusion.
So take a seat in the student section, and let the great debate begin.
Alison Myers is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Featured Columnist. You can reach her at Alison.Myers@mail.com or follow her on Twitter.