The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), the nation's largest amateur ice hockey league, would like to congratulate the 18 active and former players of the league and member organizations who were drafted at the NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver, BC, on June 21-22.
Highlighting the draft were trio of former USPHL and Eastern Hockey Federation (EHF) players getting selected in the First Round on Friday night.
The first alum off the board was Trevor Zegras, a former member of the Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers who was selected 9th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. Zegras, who will be suiting up for Boston University this fall, was ranked seventh amongst all North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
"I'm thrilled with Anaheim. I'm really happy to be a Duck," Zegras stated following his selection.
Not long after Zegras was taken, Matthew Boldy, whose career path has included a number of stops in the USPHL/EHF (Cape Cod Whalers, South Shore Kings, Boston Jr. Eagles, Minuteman Flames, and Providence H.C.), became the second league alum to get drafted. Boldy was selected by the Minnesota Wild with the 12th overall pick.
The Millis, Massachusetts native had an impressive 2018-19 season, earning a bronze medal with the U.S. U18 World Jr. Championship team and being named Player of the Game at the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. A six-foot-two, 196-pound left winger, Boldy ranked ninth amongst North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
Minnesota's General Manager, Paul Fenton, gave Boldy immediate praise about his future in the NHL. "I have no doubt that he's gonna be a really good player," stated Fenton. He'd also add that he will continue to make great strides in development as he heads to Boston College this Fall.
"We're taking the best player and [Boston College has] a phenomenal program there...It's a great place to produce hockey players."
Following Boldy, with the 13th overall pick, the Florida Panthers selected another former Jr. Ranger – goaltender Spencer Knight. Another commit to Boston College this fall, Knight was the first netminder taken in the draft.
Coming into the the weekend, the six-foot-four, 193-pound native of Stamford, Conn., was the top-ranked North American Goaltender by NHL Central Scouting with a 32-4-1 record and a 2.36 G.A.A. for the U.S. National Team Development Program this past season.
Florida's President of Hockey Operations & General Manager, Dale Tallon, has faith that Knight will not just flourish at BC, but become an important part in the future of the Panthers' franchise.
"We hadn't had a lot of depth there for a few years, so it was important that we get a franchise-type goalie like this."
Day two saw another fifteen players with USPHL/EHF ties hear their names in Rounds 2-7 of the draft. A listing of each player and their current/former teams can be found below: