It was another successful showing for Massachusetts Hockey alums and natives at the 2017 NHL Draft, held June 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois.
In total, four of our own heard their name called during the weekend.
The New York Islanders selected Newburyport’s Ben Mirageas in the third round (No. 77). Mirageas will enter his freshman season with Providence College this fall.
Goaltender Keith Petruzzeli (Wilbraham) was also taken in the third round. Petruzzeli, who is off to Quinnipiac next season, was selected No. 88 overall by the Detroit Red Wings.
Jack Rathbone (West Roxbury) was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round (No. 95).
John "Jack" Adams (Boxford) was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round (No. 162). Jack heads to Union College in the fall to begin his collegiate career.
The four Massachusetts natives were a part of 49 total Americans to be selected. Massachusetts had the third-most players drafted from any state behind Minnesota (17) and Michigan (5). The players drafted represent 19 different states, including Alaska (2), California (3), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (5), Minnesota (17), Missouri (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New York (2), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Texas (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (2).
Ben Mirageas (Newburyport)
Keith Petruzzeli (Wilbraham)
Jack Rathbone (West Roxbury)
John "Jack" Adams (Boxford)