June 28, 2014
NHL draft picks from Alaska, Bowling Green, Ferris State and Minnesota State
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that four skaters with either current or future ties to men's conference-member teams were selected in the 2014 NHL (National Hockey League) Draft conducted this weekend (June 27-28) in Philadelphia, PA.
Chosen today by the Philadelphia Flyers was incoming Bowling Green recruit and defenseman Mark Friedman (Toronto, ON), who was selected in Round 3 as the No. 86 pick overall.
Two future league member players were selected in Round 5. They were Nikolas Koberstein (Barrhead, AB), a defenseman who has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Alaska in 2015-16 and who was taken by the Montreal Canadiens as the No. 125 overall selection, and Minnesota State recruit and forward Clinston (CJ) Franklin (St. Paul, MN), who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets as the No. 129 overall pick.
And in Round 6 of the 2014 NHL Draft, Ferris State forward Kyle Schempp (Saginaw, MI), who will be a sophomore in 2014-15, was chosen by the New York Islanders as the No. 155 overall selection. Schempp, who had 25 points (10g, 15a) in 43 games for the WCHA regular season and MacNaughton Cup-champion Bulldogs, was a member of the All-WCHA Rookie Team this past season.
"We are elated for these talented student-athletes and both their current and future WCHA teams," said Commissioner Bill Robertson. "This league has a long and storied history with the NHL Draft and that outstanding tradition carries on. All of us, both in the WCHA and in college hockey, send along our sincere congratulations." In all, some 62 players with current or future collegiate ties were selected.
Since its founding in 1951, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has had more than 430 member-team players selected in the NHL Draft. A breakdown of the WCHA's all-time NHL draftees is included in this PDF file.