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Hunter Skinner Selected by New York Rangers in 2019 NHL Draft

June 23, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

Vancouver, Canada - Stars defenseman Hunter Skinner was selected in the fourth round by the New York Rangers in the 2019 NHL Draft Saturday.

After finishing his season as Central Scouting's 120th-ranked North American skater, Skinner was selected with the 112th pick of the draft.

"The Rangers called me and said that they were on me if Chicago didn't take me at 105, and they didn't so I was the pick," said Skinner. "I wouldn't want it any other way or with any other team. The Rangers are getting a humble, down-to-earth guy who brings confidence to the ice and will go out there and make plays."

Skinner came to Lincoln after a trade with Muskegon last January and went on to play in 28 games for the Stars. When he wasn't lining up the opposition for thunderous hits, the blue-liner finished as the team's most productive defenseman, scoring five goals and 24 points. His fast, physical, and dynamic style of play made him an attractive prospect for the Rangers to add to their prospect pipeline.

"It took my breath away," said Skinner of their decision. "It's a dream come true. I spoke to Coach Chupp yesterday during the first round. Mikey Colella was the first guy to reach out and give me a big old congratulations."

"We are extremely proud of Hunter and what he has accomplished in his career to this point," said Stars Head Coach Cody Chupp. "He is a very talented young man and an even better person. He puts pressure on himself to get better and improve his craft every day. We are excited for his future as he continues to develop and mature into a defenseman that can be trusted and make an impact in all facets of the game."

That defenseman didn't forget to thank those who have made his selection possible.

"I just want to thank everyone who's helped me reach this point," he said. "My family, my grandpa, Coach Chupp, Coach Mikes on defense, the coaches back at Muskegon and at Belle Tire, Coach Bob Mantha, and Coach Justin Young for helping me on defense, and everybody who's been able to help me to get here."

The Stars congratulate Hunter on his selection and look forward to following his success.

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