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The top NCAA hockey alumnus in every program’s history

The top NCAA hockey alumnus in every program’s history
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NCAA hockey alumnus and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot

Cam Talbot spiked his save percentage to .925 as a junior in 2009-10, then embarked on a professional path that has led him to a starting job with the Oilers. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

Air Force: Brian Gornick

Drafted by Anaheim in the ninth round following his freshman campaign in 1999, Gornick played five professional seasons after graduating. His 89 AHL appearances with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Syracuse Crunch eclipse the on-ice accomplishments of all fellow Air Force alumni. He also led the ECHL’s San Diego Gulls with 23 goals in 2004-05.

Alabama-Huntsville: Cam Talbot

One of only two former Chargers to have played in the NHL, Talbot emerged as Edmonton’s No. 1 netminder this season. He previously spelled Henrik Lundqvist in New York for 21 regular-season and two playoff contests in 2013-14, then put in 36 more appearances last year. In 56 ventures, he led the 2015-16 Oilers with a 2.55 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and three shutouts. Not terribly shoddy in the context of a playoff no-show.

Alaska: Shawn Chambers

A veteran of 624 regular-season and 90 playoff games, Chambers provided defensive depth for three Stanley Cup finalists. He was with the Minnesota North Stars for their surprising run in 1991, then earned a ring with the 1995 New Jersey Devils and 1999 Dallas Stars. With the Devils, a rare offensive outburst on his part bookended a string of four unanswered goals in the clinching game.

Alaska-Anchorage: Curtis Glencross

The Seawolves’ goal-getting leader in each of two college seasons, Glencross subsequently spent three years in the minors. By the start of 2007-08, he was a full-time NHL employee, and would serve as one of Calgary’s alternate captains for the better part of 2013-14 and 2014-15. He then spent the homestretch of his final season with fellow UAA product Jay Beagle and the Washington Capitals.

American International: Dave Forbes

A product of AIC’s Division II days, Forbes returned to Massachusetts as a Bruins prospect late in the 1971-72 season. With Boston and Washington, he broke the 20-point plateau in each of five full seasons before transferring to the WHA’s Cincinnati Stingers in 1978-79.

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Al Daniel
@alhockeyscribe

Along the Boards' NCAA editor, Al is an alumnus of Shattuck-St. Mary's and Providence College. His work has previously appeared in the Faribault Daily News, Let's Play Hockey, Access North GA, Beyond the Dashers, the Pawtucket Times, USCHO, USA Hockey Magazine and Bleacher Report.

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