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June / July 2018

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JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 53 O College Players And Teams Come To Grips With Early Departures BY JESS MYERS n a Sunday night in March, when Michigan pulled away from Boston University late in the game to win the NCAA Northeast Regional at a rink in Worcester, Mass., it looked for a short time like Jordan Greenway's seasonlong hockey adventure might be at an end. In reality, the hockey career for the star forward from Upstate New York was just beginning. Greenway spent the winter of 2017-18 playing a dual starring hockey role not only for the Terriers in Boston, but also for Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. Within a matter of hours after the final horn sound- ed, signaling the end of his junior season of college hockey, Greenway received a contract offer from the Minnesota Wild, who had picked him in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft. His first "welcome to the modern NHL" moment came a short time later, when the notion of being handed a paper contract and a pen to sign it with was dispelled. In 2018, the contract was sent by the Wild right to Greenway's cell phone, where he was able to sign and begin his adventure playing hockey for a paycheck. He was far from alone in his decision to leave college hockey early for a career shooting or stopping pucks. As of May 1, Greenway was among more than two dozen underclassmen from the 60 Division I college hockey schools to leave campus for a locker room in the NHL or the minor leagues. That list includes three of the most well-known names from Team USA in PyeongChang—Greenway, Denver star Troy Terry and Harvard star Ryan Donato. Terry signed with the Anaheim Ducks after his col- lege season ended in the regional final, and Donato made his Boston Bruins debut in late March, scoring a goal in his first NHL game, then hustling across town for a class at Harvard the next morning. LEARNING JORDAN GREENWAY "it was a dream come true."

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