Sunday, June 30, 2013

Klimchuk To Flames / Burroughs To Islanders

Regina Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk has been selected in the first round by the Calgary Flames with the 28th Overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey. 
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Klimchuk told TSN’s James Duthie after donning his new Flames jersey.  “Going into it, I knew how many picks Calgary had in the first round and I thought I had a pretty good couple interviews with them, but for this to actually come true and for my dreams to become a reality it’s an unbelievable feeling.” 
The Pats’ 5th Overall selection of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft finished the season second on the team in scoring with 76 points (36G, 40A) while playing all 72 contests through the WHL Regular Season. 
In addition to the Calgary, AB product’s stellar play in the WHL, Klimchuk had a strong showing on the international stage.  He won a pair of Gold Medals with Canada’s Under-18 program, first at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament as part of the summer program and then the World U-18 Championships where Klimchuk was second in team scoring with eight points in seven games. 
“We are extremely proud of Morgan.  He has been a big part of our organization ever since we were fortunate enough to select him in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft,” commented Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “Being selected today in the 2013 NHL Draft is a true reflection of his hard work and dedication both on and off the ice.”

Regina Pats defenceman Kyle Burroughs has been selected in the Seventh Round (196th Overall) by the New York Islanders in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.
“It’s really indescribable,” said Burroughs shortly after being selected.  “It’s a surreal feeling, you know, it’s a dream and it pretty much just came true.”
A 3rd Round selection of the Pats in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Burroughs led the Blue and White in scoring from the blue-line with 33 points (5G, 28A) in 70 contests through the WHL Regular Season.
For his stellar play in 2012-13, the Langley, B.C. native was presented with the Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy as the Pats Top Defenceman.  Burroughs’ brilliant second half of the season saw him as one of the fastest risers on the Central Scouting Draft Rankings, jumping 73 spots between the Mid-Term and Final Rankings.
“Kyle has been a valuable player for us the past two years,” said Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “His dedication and positive attitude has had an impact both on and off the ice.  As a young player he has great leadership qualities.  Our entire organization is very proud of him and happy to see Kyle rewarded for his efforts.”

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