Cuties of College Hockey – 2nd WCHA edition

Two weeks ago I brought you some college hockey playing cuties and now it’s time to keep it going. Today, we’ll look at the second half of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association – St. Cloud State, Colorado College, Minnesota State, University of Minnesota-Duluth and Michigan Tech.

Since college hockey is a bit of a niche sports, follow the jump to get a quick primer on how it breaks down.

There are six college hockey conferences – WCHA, Hockey East, Atlantic Hockey, CCHA, CHA and ECAC.

College hockey does not use the same conference alignments as the rest of Division I sports. Schools that aren’t able to field top-tier teams in sports like football and basketball are actually some of the biggest powerhouses in college hockey. Teams in the WCHA range from Colorado College, with it’s 2,011 students, to Minnesota with it’s 50,883. Six WCHA schools have the rest of their athletic programs competing in Division II, while one even competes in Division III.

First college cutie up is Ryan Peckskamp, a senior forward from Sauk Rapids, MN, with his pretty, pretty baby blues

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Repping for Colorado College is Mike Testwuide. A senior forward from Vail, CO, Mike’s brother J.P plays at Denver. Makes life a little difficult for mom…

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Next up is Minnesota State-Mankato’s Ben Youds. A junior defenseman from Maple Grove, MN, Ben is not just all looks and hockey – he was a WCHA All-Academic selection, so he’s got the brains, to boot! He also pulls off the scruffy look rather well…

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Minnesota-Duluth has given us Chad Huttel upon which to stare. The 5’10″ junior defenseman from Hermantown, MN has made me start to re-think my stance on hating Minnesotan hockey players on principle…

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Last, but certainly not least, is Michigan Tech’s Brett Olson. A sophomore center from Superior, WI, Olson has the added bonus of having just recently recorded his first hat-trick. Congrats, Brett. I’m sure plenty of the readers would love to help you celebrate!

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