Grand Rapids Duo Picked in 1st Round of USHL Draft
Thunderhawks Gavin Hain, Blake McLaughlin Go 1st, 6th Overall
Most high school hockey standouts spend a year or two in junior before heading off to Division I college hockey debuts.
The United States Hockey League is the top juinor circuit in the country. That league held the Phase I of its annual draft for players born in the year 2000.
It didn’t take long for a Northland native to go off the board. Grand Rapids sophomore Gavin Hain was the No. 1 overall pick Of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Hain committed to the University of North Dakota earlier this year.
Han’is teammate sophomore Blake McLaughlin was picked No. 6 overall pick by the Chicago Steel. McLaughin is committed to the University of Minnesota.
Also, Landon Langenbrunner of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton was taken in the 3rd round by the Madison Capitols. He’s the son of former NHL player Jamie Langenbrunner.
Duluth East’s Ian Mageau went in the 6th round to the Waterloo Black Hawks.
There were three Northland players taken in the 8th round. Virginia’s Jake Seitz was picked by the Sioux City Musketeers. C-E-C’s Dane Stoyanoff by Madison and Duluth East’s Ryder Donovan to the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Phase II of the USHL Draft starts Tuesday morning.