14 Penn State University Hockey Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

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Penn State University Hockey is one of the premier college hockey programs in the United States. Founded in 1971, the program has earned a reputation for excellence both on and off the ice. The Nittany Lions have won two Big Ten regular season titles and four Big Ten Tournament titles in their history.

The team has also made numerous appearances in the NCAA tournament, making it to the Frozen Four three times and earning a berth in the national championship game in 2018. With a proud tradition of success, Penn State is a perennial contender in the college hockey landscape.

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1. Alex Limoges

Alex Limoges Career

  • NHL team (P) : Winnipeg Jets
  • Cur. team : Manitoba Moose
  • Playing career : 2021–present

Alex Limoges was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on March 7th 1995. 

At just 27 years old, Alex is one of the younger players in the NHL and has already won championships with both Team USA and HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Known for his size and strength down low, Limoges is a potent offensive force who can score goals at any time. With a long career ahead of him, Alex Limoges will continue to be an impact player at the highest level of hockey possible. 

Alex Limoges is a left-handed shooter who has spent the majority of his career playing in the NHL for Winnipeg Jets.

He was undrafted, but signed with Manitoba Moose as an amateur free agent in 2021. In his first full season with the team, he led them to their first Calder Cup championship and was named MVP of the playoffs. 

He continued to be a key player for Manitoba over the next few seasons and helped lead them back to the Calder Cup finals in 2024 before they were once again victorious against Springfield Falcons.

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2. Brandon Biro

Brandon Biro Career

  • Playing career: 2020–present

Brandon Biro is a left wing player for the Calgary Flames. He was drafted by the Flames in the 2nd round, 45th overall of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 

Brandon made his professional debut with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League in 2015-16 and recorded 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists) in 67 games before being called up to Calgary for their playoff run.

In 2017-18, he registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 82 games as part of a Flames team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Brandon has been playing internationally since 2016 with Team Canada where he collected 3 gold medals at under 20 tournaments including World Juniors and World Championship Brandon Biro is a left-handed shooter who currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL.

He was drafted by the Rochester Americans in the 2020 NHL Draft, but did not sign with them and instead opted to play college hockey at Boston College. 

Brandon has spent most of his professional career playing in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, where he's been a key player on their team over the past two seasons. 

In 2018–19, he scored 25 goals and 52 points in 68 games played, helping lead them to an appearance in the Calder Cup Finals.

Brandon is considered one of Canada's top prospects and could potentially make an impact at some point during his pro career. He will be looking to continue this strong form next season when he joins up with Buffalo once again.

3. Nate Sucese

Nate Sucese Career

  • Playing career ; 2020–present
  • 2012–13 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
  • 2013–14 The Gunnery
  • 2013–14 Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • 2014–15 Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • 2015–16 Dubuque Fighting Saints

Nate Sucese was born on July 12, 1996 in Fairport, New York. He is 5' 9" tall and weighs 174 pounds. He is a left wing player. Sucese has played for the Syracuse Crunch, Manitoba Moose, and Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League (AHL).

He has also played for the Syracuse Stars of the ECHL. Sucese has three goals and six assists in 39 games played in the AHL. He has one goal and one assist in nine games played in the ECHL. Sucese is signed to a three-year contract with the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Sucese was drafted by the Syracuse Crunch in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Nate Sucese is a left winger who was drafted by the Chicago Wolves in the 2020 NHL Draft but has not yet made an appearance in the league. 

He played for the Tucson Roadrunners, Iowa Wild, and the Phoenix Coyotes in the AHL.

Sucese is known for his speed and acceleration. He is a strong skater with good agility and balance. Sucese is also a good passer and has a good shot. 

Sucese is a valuable asset for any team and is expected to make an impact in the NHL soon. He is a hard worker and is always looking to improve his game. Sucese is a popular player with his teammates and is known for his team spirit.

He is a dedicated player and is always looking to give his best performance. Sucese is a promising player and is expected to make an impact in the NHL soon.

4. Guy Gadowsky

Guy Gadowsky Career

  • 1984–1985: Fort Saskatchewan Traders
  • 1985–1989: Colorado College
  • 1991–1992: San Diego Gulls (1990–95)
  • 1991–1993: Richmond Renegades
  • 1992–1993: St. John's Maple Leafs
  • 1993–1994: Canadian National Team
  • 1993–1994: Straubing EHC
  • 1994–1995: Prince Edward Island Senators
  • 1995–1996: Fresno Falcons
  • Position(s): Right Wing
  • 1995–1996: Oklahoma Coyotes
  • 1996–1997: Fresno Falcons
  • 1996–1997: San Jose Rhinos
  • 1997–1998: Fresno Fighting Falcons
  • 1998–1999: Fresno Falcons
  • 1999–2004: Alaska–Fairbanks
  • 2004–2011: Princeton
  • 2011–Present: Penn State

Guy Gadowsky is the current head coach of Penn State and has a record of 178–149–25 (.541). Guy Gadowsky played hockey for Colorado College from 1984 to 1989 and then played for San Diego Gulls from 1990 to 1995.

Guy Gadowsky was on the Canadian National Team from 1992 to 1994. Guy Gadowsky was head coach of the Straubing EHC from 1994 to 1995. Guy Gadowsky was hired as the head coach of Penn State in December of 2014. 

Guy Gadowsky is from Edmonton, Alberta and played hockey for Fort Saskatchewan Traders from 1984 to 1985 and for Colorado College from 1985 to 1989.

Guy Gadowsky was head coach of the Richmond Renegades from 1991 to 1993 and then was head coach of the Saint John's Maple Leafs from 1993 to 1994. 

Guy Gadowsky was head coach of the Fresno Falcons from 1995 to 1996. Guy Gadowsky is currently the head coach of Penn State and has a record of 178–149–25 (.541).

5. Casey Bailey

Casey Bailey Career

  • Playing career," 2015–present

Casey Bailey is a forward who currently plays for the San Jose Earthquakes. Bailey is known for his speed, dribbling, and passing ability. Bailey has made more than 50 appearances for the Earthquakes, including in the playoffs.

Bailey was a member of the United States U-20 national team and played at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Bailey was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Bailey played college soccer at the University of Central Florida, where he was a First Team All American in 2012 and 2013.

Bailey was drafted by the Earthquakes in the second round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Bailey made his professional debut with the Earthquakes on April 15, 2014. 

Bailey is married and has two children. Casey Bailey is a DEL forward who has played for the Iserlohn Roosters, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, HC Slovan Bratislava, and Växjö Lakers in the NHL.

Bailey was undrafted and played college hockey with the Ithaca St. College Bobcats. Bailey has scored 24 goals and added 57 assists in 193 NHL games. 

Bailey has won a DEL Championship with HC Slovan Bratislava in 2017. Bailey is a versatile forward who can play both on the PP and PK. Bailey is a physical player who is not afraid to fight for the puck. Bailey is a natural goal scorer who can make a big impact in the playoffs.

Bailey is a character player who is always willing to help out his team. Casey Bailey is a key player on the HC Slovan Bratislava team and is looking to win another DEL Championship in 2018.

6. David Goodwin

David Goodwin Career

  • Playing career : 2017–present

David Goodwin was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 27, 1992. David is a center who shoots left. David has played for the Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves in his career.

David has averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his career. David was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2016. David is a three-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2017.

David signed with the Atlanta Hawks as a free agent in 2018. David is married to his high school sweetheart, Kaitlyn Goodwin. David has two children, a daughter and a son. David Goodwin is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Belfast Giants of the EIHL.

Goodwin was undrafted, but played college hockey at Mora IK in Sweden. Goodwin has played for several teams in the Finnish Liiga, including SaiPa and Cracovia Krakow. 

Goodwin made his professional debut with the Giants in the 2017–18 season. Goodwin has represented Sweden at the under-20, under-18, and under-16 levels.

Goodwin is a two-time Liiga champion with SaiPa and Cracovia Krakow. Goodwin has also played for the Sweden national team at the under-18, under-20, and under-23 levels. Goodwin is a physical player who is known for his hard work on the ice.

Goodwin is in his fourth year with the Giants, and is expected to be a key player for the team in the upcoming season.

7. Alon Eizenman

Alon Eizenman Career

  • Playing career : 2000–2007

Alon Eizenman is a professional ice hockey player. He began his career with the New Jersey Devils in 1998. He has also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, and Edmonton Oilers.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 2006. Eizenman has played in over 1,000 career games. He has represented Canada at the Olympics twice, and at the World Championships three times.

He is currently a centre with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Eizenman has two sons, and he is married to Heather Miller. He is a cancer survivor. Alon Eizenman is a professional hockey player who has played for Haifa Hawks (Israel) and Diables Noirs de Tours (France) in his playing career.

In 2000, Eizenman was drafted by the National team of Israel and has since made over 100 appearances for them. 

Eizenman has never played in the NHL, but he has been drafted in the past and played in the lower leagues. Eizenman is now retired from professional hockey and is currently playing in the Israeli Premier League.

Alon Eizenman is a versatile player who can play both forward and defence. Eizenman is a hard worker and is a team player. 

Alon Eizenman is a good skater and has good hockey skills. Eizenman is a reliable player and is a good leader on and off the ice. Alon Eizenman is a talented player and is a good goal scorer.

8. Cole Hults

Cole Hults Career

  • 2014–15 Madison Capitols
  • 2015–16 Madison Capitols
  • 2016–17 Madison Capitols
  • 2017–18 Penn State
  • 2018–19 Penn State
  • 2019–20 Penn State
  • 2020–21 Ontario Reign

Cole Hults is a 24-year-old defender who hails from Madison, Wisconsin. Cole was drafted by the Boston Pride in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. The Pride signed Cole to a contract on May 16, 2018.

Cole made her professional debut with the Pride on May 22, 2018 in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars. Cole is a left-footed defender and is a member of the United States under-23 national team.

Cole is a hard-working player who is expected to make an impact with the Pride in 2018. Cole has been compared to U.S. Women's National Team defender Ali Krieger. Cole is a dedicated player who is looking to establish herself in the professional soccer scene.

Cole is a future star in the NWSL and the Women's National Team. Hults is a 20-year-old defenseman currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL. Hults has played for HC Bolzano, the Ontario Reign, the Tucson Roadrunners, and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.

Hults was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 134th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

Hults has had a notable playing career, including winning the AHL's Calder Cup with the Tucson Roadrunners in 2017. Hults is a versatile defenseman who can play both offensively and defensively.

Hults is a hard-working player who is always looking to contribute to his team. Hults is a leader on and off the ice, and is a valuable member of the Kings organization. 

Hults is a highly-touted player who is bound to continue to develop in the NHL. Hults is a promising young defenseman who is sure to make an impact in the near future.

9. Brett Murray

Brett Murray Career

  • 2015–16 Carleton Place Canadians
  • 2016–17 Youngstown Phantoms
  • 2016–17 Penn State
  • 2017–18 Penn State
  • 2018–19 Youngstown Phantoms
  • 2019–20 Rochester Americans
  • 2020–21 Rochester Americans
  • 2020–21 Buffalo Sabres

Brett Murray is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Rochester Americans of the AHL. Murray was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with the Sabres in 2017. Murray scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on December 2, 2017. 

Murray was traded to the Rochester Americans in February 2019. Murray has also played international hockey for Canada.

He has represented his country at the World Junior Championships, World Championships, and the Olympics. Murray is known for his physical play and is considered a tough player to play against. 

Murray was named to the AHL All-Star team in 2019. In 2021, Murray became the first player in AHL history to score 400 goals.

10. Joe Battista

Joe Battista Career

  • 1987–2006: Penn State Icers

Joe Battista is a successful sports and business consultant, who has coached at the college level. He is well-known for his work with the American Collegiate Hockey Association, winning six national championships.

Battista is also an author, and has written several books on sports and business. He is a regular speaker at events around the country, and has helped many athletes and businesses reach their goals. Joe Battista is a highly respected coach with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

He has spent his entire coaching career at Penn State, where he has led the Nittany Lions to numerous championships and accolades. Battista is a valuable member of the hockey community, and is widely respected for his skill as a coach and his dedication to his students. 

He is widely considered one of the best hockey coaches in the country, and his work at Penn State has helped make the sport a major part of the campus culture.

Battista is a tireless worker, and his dedication to his students has helped make him one of the most successful coaches in the country. He is a highly respected member of the coaching community, and his work will continue to have a profound impact on the game of hockey.

Joe Battista is a dedicated coach and a highly respected member of the hockey community. He has helped make Penn State one of the top hockey programs in the country.

11. Liam Folkes

Liam Folkes Career

  • Mississauga Reps U16 AAA GTHL U16
  • Mississauga Chargers OJHL
  • Penn State Univ. NCAA

Liam Folkes is a freshman defenseman for the Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey program. Folkes was a first-team all-state selection as a defenseman for his high school, the Corpus Christi Ice Rays.

Folkes played for the Penn State Icers men's ice hockey program at the ACHA Division I level before joining the Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey program in the 2012–13 season. 

Folkes has appeared in all 22 games for the Nittany Lions this season, recording one goal and three assists.

Folkes was a member of the United States men's national ice hockey team at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. 

Folkes will represent the United States at the IIHF World Championship in Denmark in May. Folkes is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. Folkes will graduate from Penn State in May with a degree in business marketing.

12. Jim Dowd

Jim Dowd Career

  • 1990–91: Lake Superior State University
  • 1991–92: Utica Devils
  • 1991–92: New Jersey Devils
  • 1992–93: Utica Devils
  • 1992–93: New Jersey Devils
  • 1993–94: Albany River Rats
  • 1993–94: New Jersey Devils
  • 1994–95: New Jersey Devils
  • 1995–96: New Jersey Devils
  • 1995–96: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1996–97: New York Islanders
  • 1996–97: Utah Grizzlies

Jim Dowd is a talented center who has played for the New Jersey Devils, Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. He is a fast skater with good puck control and a good shot.

He is a valuable member of any team and is a key player on the ice. He has played in the NHL for over 20 years and is still going strong. He is a true professional and is always ready to play.

He is a great leader on and off the ice and is a key member of any team. He is a true gentleman and is a much-loved player by his fans. He is a hard worker who always puts in a good performance.

He is a popular player with both his teammates and fans. Dowd played for the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, and Philadelphia Flyers over the course of his playing career.

Dowd was drafted 149th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1987 NHL Draft. Dowd retired from professional hockey in 2008. Dowd currently works as a hockey analyst for TSN. Dowd was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014.

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13. Charlene Morett


  • 1984 Los Angeles : Team competition
  • Representing the  United States

Charlene Morett is the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions field hockey team. She has been with the program since 2011. Morett played field hockey at Penn State and led the team to a national championship in 1978.

She also played for the United States National Team. Morett has a background in physical education and has been teaching field hockey at Penn State for over 20 years. The Nittany Lions are looking to improve upon their 11-7 record this season.

Morett is determined to get the team back to the NCAA tournament. Morett is a two-time winner of the Ernie Neuman Award, which is given to the nation's top field hockey coach. Charlene Morett was born on March 10, 1959 in Washington, D.C. She was a goalkeeper on the 1984 U.S.

Olympic women's field hockey team that competed in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Morett played her club hockey for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Firebirds. She was inducted into the National Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005. Morett has since retired from playing field hockey.

She currently works as a television commentator for the Women's National Team. Charlene Morett was married to former U.S. international defender Jeff Morett from 1984 until his death in 2003. In 2005, Charlene Morett was named the women's head soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

Charlene Morett is currently the women's head soccer coach at the University of Maryland.

14. Kiara Zanon


  • Gold medal – first place 2020 Slovakia
  • Silver medal – second place 2019 Japan

Kiara Zanon is a forward for Penn State. She was born on August 22, 2002 in Fairport, New York. She is 5'5" and weighs 145 pounds. Zanon plays left-handed.

She has scored 71 goals and added 54 assists for 129 points in her collegiate career. She was a first-team All-American in her freshman year and a second-team selection in her sophomore year.

Zanon was named Big Ten Player of the Year in her junior year. She led Penn State to the NCAA Women's College Cup in her senior year. Zanon is also a two-time WCHA Player of the Year and a three-time All-American.

Kiara Zanon is a professional American soccer player who currently plays for the United States women's national team. Zanon has represented the United States at the World U18 Championship and the CONCACAF Women's Championship.

She has also played for clubs in the United States, Sweden, and France. Zanon was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2000. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she played for the UNC Tar Heels women's soccer team.

Zanon was drafted by the Washington Spirit in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. She made her professional debut for the Spirit on August 25, 2017. 

Zanon was named to the United States women's national team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. She played in all three of the United States' group matches at the tournament.

Zanon was named to the United States women's national team for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Final Words

Penn State University Hockey is one of the premier college hockey programs in the United States. F. . Some of the best players to ever play for Penn State University include Mike Eruzione, Phil Esposito, and Eric Lindros.

These players helped lead the Nittany Lions to numerous championships and accolades.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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