Boston Bruins Select Two Youngstown Phantoms in the NHL Draft
YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Boston Bruins selected two Youngstown Phantoms in the NHL draft today. By the end of the 7 round NHL draft the USHL had 51 players who played in the league last season.
Forward Trevor Kuntar who has skated as a Phantom for the last three seasons was selected in the 3rd round - 89th overall by the Boston Bruins. This past season Kuntar scored 28 goals and put up 25 assists for the Phantoms. During the season he was also selected to play for Team USA at the World Jr. A Challenge, where they won the bronze medal. Kuntar will continue his hockey career at Boston College next season.
"It has been a total dream come true and I couldn't be more grateful for everyone that has helped me especially my Phantoms Phamily. I wouldn't be here without my coaches, teammates, Andrew Goldman, and the rest of the front office staff. I am also grateful for my billets, the Slanina's and the Jacob's, who allowed me to live with them during this time. I am excited to continue my career at Boston College and see what lies ahead," exclaimed Trevor Kuntar.
Riley Duran will be a name you will hear in this coming season. Duran traveled to Youngstown the past two years as an affiliate player to play while he attended school at Lawrence Academy. Duran was selected in the 6th round 182nd overall by the Boston Bruins.
"I am so honored and extremely excited for the chance of being drafted to the Bruins, my hometown team that I always dreamed of being part of. I am filled with gratitude for the Boston Bruins organization and for the opportunity they have given me. I am especially appreciative for all my teammates, coaches and family who have supported me and pushed me. Time to get to work!" Exclaimed Riley Duran.
GM and Head Coach Brad Patterson expressed, "I am incredibly happy for Trevor, Riley, and both of their families. Trevor is the type of player that every coach wants to work with on a daily basis as he earns his opportunities through hard work and his relentless competitive drive. I look forward to watching him kick the door down when his opportunity comes with the Bruins. Riley just like Trevor will be a favorite here in Youngstown and beyond. He is very similar to a former Phantom and another Boston Bruin Draft pick (Curtis Hall). We all look forward to working with him this year in his pursuit of joining the Bruins in the near future."
"The Boston Bruins are incredibly lucky to draft Trevor. On the ice he has an incredible release, protects the puck as well as anyone of his peers and is a natural leader. Off the ice, the Bruins are getting an intelligent, driven and caring young man who will be an asset to the team and the community for years to come. We are also thrilled for Reilly and can't wait to see him on the ice with The Phantoms this season" stated Andrew Goldman, Team President.
The 2020 NHL Draft marks the seventh year in a row the Phantoms have had a player selected; the sixth year in which the Phantoms have had multiple players selected in the draft. With these two draft picks the Phantoms total now increases to 21 and will increase in the years to come.
For upcoming information regarding the Youngstown Phantoms head to www.youngstownphantoms.com.
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