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College Hockey:
Carrying on a legacy

You often see players with a strong hockey bloodline around college hockey. Sometimes, they play at the same school their fathers (or uncles or what have you) did. Sometimes, they don’t.

Minnesota-Duluth’s Travis Oleksuk is one such player, special in the fact that he’s the first son of a Bulldogs alum to skate for the same team.

His father, Bill Oleksuk, played left wing for UMD from 1978 to 1982 and held the school record for most goals in a season by a freshman until Brett Hull shattered it six years later.

Now, Travis is following in his father’s footsteps as a special player.

“For us and, quite frankly, recruiting-wise, it was a very important get for us; obviously, it’s great to have some alumni with the ties to UMD,” said coach Scott Sandelin. “Travis was our first alumni’s kid to play for us, so that was important. To have an opportunity to recruit him and get him in our program was pretty special to our staff.

“We had tried with Gino Guyer; his dad played there a couple years, we didn’t get him. We tried with a couple others, so it’s kind of neat to get Travis … more importantly, he’s a good hockey player and has the good bloodlines just like his dad, so he’s been a great addition to our program.”

Oleksuk himself has never regretted his choice and loves being a Bulldog.

“It all started in midgets where I first committed here,” he said. ”I just came down for a visit and loved the program. Obviously, I came down there and really enjoyed the city too and excellent coaching staff and knowing that my dad played here before and telling me about it made an impact, and it just shows that this is the place where I had to come.”

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  • fargosioux

    Panzer was robbed!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dash.driver Brandon G Boetcher

      Yep you light the hobey baker winner up in the semi finals I agree.

  • Juice09

    A little shocked with the mention of Mello and York, but not Kinkaid. Kinkaid only leads NCAA with a 1.93 GAA and has a .923 save percentage. Just wait til he hits center stage during the NCAA tourney.

  • Juice09

    A little shocked with the mention of Mello and York, but not Kinkaid. Kinkaid only leads NCAA with a 1.93 GAA and has a .923 save percentage. Just wait until he hits center stage during the NCAA tourney.

    • HENH10

      The 1.93 is good enough, but .923 probably isn’t good enough… although they are great numbers.

    • Dan1377

      I agree wholeheartedly. Even though Kinkaid’s numbers aren’t on par with “Ryan Miller Numbers,” for a team that just won the league’s regular season after 14-1-1 of recent ECAC play, he backed them up incredibly the entire way. He at least deserves a mention, if not more extensive consideration.

  • Just Saying

    I did a little research on the goalies. I looked at all league games that Kinkaid, Mello and Rondeau have played since the new year, since these games are considered “crunch time” games. Kinkaid was 14-1-1 and gave up 29 goals. Mello was 7-6-1 and gave up 31 goals and Rondeau was 10-3-1 and gave up 29. goals.

  • Shedd

    Anyone who has seen York play this year knows that he should be in the conversation. He’s been at the top of the list for goaltender’s stats all season, and while he might not be as good as Kinkaid, his SV% is better than everyone above him in the GAA list. I think that’s a testament to how good he’s made RPI’s defense look.

  • rpifan

    I’ve watched Kinkaid and York play a whole lot, and York is a significantly better goalie and prospect. He has better control of rebounds, makes more astounding saves, plays the puck extremely well, and has kept RPI in a lot of games they should have lost. Kinkaid is on a higher scoring team and quite frankly, Union has a more consistent defense than rpi’s which has been up, down, and injured all season. Forget numbers, just watch them both play and its pretty obvious that York is the better goalie

    • The Black Hole

      From a guy named RPIFAN? Seriously?

  • NefariousDrO

    I’d say that the key thing is: Can player-X change the game? Ryan Miller, and for that matter all of the Hoby candidates need to fit under that bar, more than just their numbers.

  • B.D.

    The drama associated with his departure from the team last year will be used against him. Not saying I agree with it, but it is what will happen.

  • Frattinsucks

    must have missed the part where the drunk fratboy had 65 points on the season. he can’t score against anyone except for horrible competition.

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