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Coverage Of Minutemen At NHL Development Camps

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In case you missed it over the weekend, one current and one former Minuteman were featured in NHL development coverage by their respective clubs.

The Edmonton Oilers ran this feature on incoming UMass freshman defenseman, 2014 NHL fourth-round draft pick, William Lagesson.

Also, the Anaheim Ducks interviewed former Minuteman Brandon Montour about his whirlwind 2014-15 season playing in the USHL, Hockey East and the AHL.

With the Norfolk Admirals season complete, the Anaheim Ducks have called up former UMass defenseman Brandon Montour as a Black Ace for their Stanley Cup Playoff run. Montour had 20 points (3g, 17a) for the Minutemen this season and followed up with 10 points (1g, 9a) in 14 AHL games this spring.

The USHL website has this piece on Montour and his journey this season

Today on the Daily Collegian site, Anthony Chiusano has coverage of UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour signing an NHL contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Chiusano spoke with both Montour and head coach John Micheletto about the signing.

Read: Brandon Montour officially signs three-year entry deal with Anaheim Ducks

In Friday's Sachem and Glanbrook Gazette, Shawn Smith had a feature on UMass hockey freshman defenseman Brandon Montour. Montour has 16 points in 14 games played on the year for the Minutemen.

Read: Anaheim Ducks' Brandon Montour shining in college hockey

CKSN: Montour Central In UMass' Success

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Ian Kennedy has a post for the Chatham-Kent Sports Network on how the addition of freshman Brandon Montour has given UMass hockey a boost in the second half of the season.

Read: Montour Central In UMass' Success

In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a great piece on the turnaround UMass hockey has made in the second half of the season and what the addition of NHL draft pick, freshman Brandon Montour has done to boost the Minutemen.

Read: Brandon Montour, youth key UMass hockey team's second-half turnaround

Today on, Nick Canelas has a great feature on UMass hockey freshman defenseman Brandon Montour who joined the Minutemen in December. Since the start of the second half, Montour leads UMass in scoring over the last nine games with 10 points (2g, 8a) and the squad is 4-4-1 in those contests.

Read: Overlooked no more, Massachusetts' Montour handles high expectations

With the Collegian back in print for the spring semester, Jason Kates has a feature on UMass hockey freshman defenseman Brandon Montour in today's paper.

Read: UMass hockey's Brandon Montour is ready for liftoff

If you missed the show Tuesday night, check out the podcast of the January 13, 2015 episode of the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show from The Hangar in Amherst on WHMP. Host Adam Frenier, head coach John Micheletto, and player guests Troy Power and Brandon Montour look back at last weekend's games vs. Maine and preview the upcoming home-and-home series against New Hampshire.

Today for the Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano previews tonight's non-league matchup between UMass hockey and Northeastern at the Mullins Center, also mentioning the likely debut of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour.

Read: UMass hockey returns to action against Northeastern, Montour to make season debut

In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of tonight's UMass hockey game vs. Northeastern at the Mullins Center, focusing on the expected debut of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour.

Read: UMass hockey hoping highly touted defenseman Brandon Montour makes an impact

Sam Laskaris wrote a piece for Windspeaker on Oshweken resident, incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour and his junior hockey success, the 2014 NHL draft and his experience at Anaheim Ducks' Prospect Camp.

Read: Year in Waterloo was key to success in NHL draft

The Brantford Expositor out of Brantford, Ontario, took a look at incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour's progression through his hockey career and what the future holds for the Anaheim Ducks' second round draft pick:

Read: Brandon Montour looks to next step post-NHL draft

Incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour was interviewed by the Anaheim Ducks for a feature on their website at the conclusion of the organization's prospect camp yesterday. Montour scored twice in the final scrimmage of the week.

Read: Montour Reflects on his Time at Development Camp

With NHL teams holding their development camps over the next few weeks, incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour was the first of several Minutemen to begin action. The recent draft pick kicked off Prospect Development Camp with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday afternoon.

Montour was even interviewed by Ducks Daily:

Dan Malone spoke with UMass head coach John Micheletto following the NHL Draft, on the heels of incoming freshman Brandon Montour being selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

Read: UMass hockey coach John Micheletto talks Brandon Montour getting drafted, recruiting progress

USHL Interactive has posted an interview with incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour from this weekend's NHL Draft. Montour was selected 55th overall by the Anaheim Ducks, becoming the highest draft pick in UMass history.

Coverage Of Montour's NHL Draft Selection

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Congratulations to incoming freshman defenseman Brandon Montour, who became the highest draft pick in UMass history when the Anaheim Ducks selected him 55th overall in the second round.

When interviewed following his selection, Montour talked about why he chose to come to UMass:

"I think the biggest thing was the coaches. I love the coaches there. It's a great organization both school-wise and hockey-wise and it's not too far down the road from my house, meaning my family can come down whenever. It's just unbelievable there, in Hockey East, one of the best leagues in college hockey."

Several news outlets had coverage of Montour's selection:

Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday
MassLive: Anaheim Ducks select incoming UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour in NHL draft 2nd round
Chatham-Kent Sports Network: Brandon Montour Selected In NHL Draft By The Anaheim Ducks
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Black Hawks' Montour, Friedman go in NHL draft
Fox Sports West: Kings, Ducks fill needs in NHL Draft Ducks Pick Brandon Montour 55th Overall

Gazette: UMass eyes also on NHL draft

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With the 2014 NHL Draft taking place tonight and tomorrow in Philadelphia, Pa., Matt Vautour takes a look at the potential for a pair of UMass hockey players to get selected:

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UMass hockey commit Brandon Montour, who signed with the Minutemen last November, is highlighted in the most recent Prospector Files on, which lists a First Team draft-eligible pick six series at each position from the major junior and international ranks.

Here is the portion of the piece that mentions Montour:

Committed to the University of Massachusetts, Montour leads all defensemen in the league with 52 points and is third with a plus-30 rating in 53 games for the Black Hawks. The 5-11, 186-pound right-hander is No. 186 on Central Scouting's midterm rankings. He also has five goals and 22 points on the power play.

Rajanen likes what he sees in Montour, whose ambition outside of hockey is to become an architect.

"He is having a great year; very solid puck play," Rajanen said. "He's producing points and has some bite to his game. I believe he's a solid defender and good prospect."

Read more: Prospector Files: USHL draft-eligible All-Star team