While the New England prep school ranks get plenty of attention on the local scene, many players choose to step outside the region to further prepare for the Division 1 level.
A common destination? The United States Hockey League, a breeding ground for future NCAA stars.
More than 600 players on current college rosters have roots in the USHL, including UMass forward John Leonard (Amherst, Mass.), Harvard defenseman Reilly Walsh (Andover, N.H.), Northeastern defenseman Jeremy Davies and numerous other top players throughout the region.
With the regular season coming down to its final months and weeks for the USHL's 17 teams, NEHJ takes stock of 10 of the top New England natives in the league.