The National Hockey League was held October 6-7, 2020, with teams selecting players for their future via conference call. Across the world, players heard their names called and celebrated being selected to be part of 31 NHL teams' future plans.
Among these players were five direct USPHL alumni, as well as others who have played for USPHL organizations.
Sam Colangelo - Anaheim Ducks, 2nd round, 36th overall
Colangelo, an '01 from Stoneham, Mass., played in 2015-16 for the Boston Junior Bruins in the USPHL 16U Division. He posted eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 29 USPHL contests. Colangelo is set to begin his Northeastern University career in this 2020-21 season.
Ian Moore - Anaheim Ducks, 3rd round, 67th overall
Moore ('02/Concord, Mass.) skated briefly during the 2019-20 season with the National Collegiate Development Conference with the Boston Junior Bruins. He also played for the Little Bruins in the USPHL's former split season EHF Selects Division last season. He will join Harvard University in 2021-22.
Alex Jefferies - New York Islanders, 4th round, 121st overall
Jefferies ('01/Lunenburg, Mass.) skated two seasons with the Islanders Hockey Club teams in the USPHL 16U Division. He was the 2017-18 goals leader for the USPHL 16U, scoring 33 goals in 53 points in 25 games.
Overall, Jefferies - a Merrimack College freshman this season - totaled 47 goals, 40 assists and 87 points over 53 games.
Sean Farrell - Montreal Canadiens, 4th round, 124th overall
Farrell ('01/Hopkinton, Mass.) was a dynamic player for the Boston Junior Bruins' 16U team during the 2015-16 USPHL season, teaming up that year with fellow 2020 draftee Sam Colangelo.
His line was very even, posting 17 goals, 18 assists and 35 points in 30 games. He is set to join fellow former Junior Bruin Ian Moore at Harvard University.
Gunnarwolfe Fontaine - Nashville Predators, 7th round, 202nd overall
Another standout from the USPHL 16U season of 2015-16, this 2000-born native of East Greenwich, R.I., played for the former Providence Capitals team.
Like Farrell, his scoring line showed he could dish the puck and score with it, posting a 14-15-29 line in 30 games. Fontaine, who has also played in the Bridgewater Jr. Bandits and Junior Bruins organizations, is slated to join Colangelo at Northeastern University this season.
Additional draft notes:
Former South Shore Kings youth hockey players Brett Berard, Drew Commesso and Ben Meehan were also selected.
Commesso, a Boston University goalie, was taken 46th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Berard was picked by the New York Rangers with the 134th overall pick in the fifth round.
Meehan was selected by the Los Angeles Kings with the 140th overall pick.
Colangelo, Fontaine and Moore are also former Kings youth players.