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Elite athletes transition to college

BU hockey and LSU softball freshmen learn the ropes of Division I athletics

Originally Published: September 25, 2009
By Patrick Carney | Special to ESPN.com

Alex Chiasson heard his name called and everything went dark.

"I think I blacked out for the first five seconds because I didn't realize what was happening," he said.

Then, with his family at his side, confusion turned into jubilation. Chiasson had just been selected in the second round of June's NHL draft by the Dallas Stars.

Chaisson's dream of playing in the NHL, however, would be put on hold to further hone his hockey skills and further his education at Boston University.

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