Since he was a little boy, Patrick Joseph Alber has always aimed high. Whatever goal he set for himself, he would attack it with determination until he reached it.
Whether it was becoming an Eagle Scout or playing hockey at a high level, Alber doggedly found his way around obstacles.
His college hockey career reads like a Hollywood script. Alber, nicknamed “Patch” as a kid, was being recruited by Division 3 schools but had aspirations of Division 1.
Enter Boston College coach Jerry York, who had seen Alber play at Northwood Prep School in Lake Placid and, after that, with the Boston Junior Bruins in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
York offered the young defenseman a walk-on role with the Eagles in 2009. Alber parlayed that into a regular shift at midseason of his freshman year, a more important role his sophomore season, and a full scholarship for his final two years. He has been a part of two national championship teams, scoring his first collegiate goal against Miami in the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four semifinals.
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