Sioux Falls, S.D.
Former Sioux Falls Stampede defenseman Jack St. Ivany and prospect forward Riley Hughes became the 40th and 41st Stampede players selected by an NHL club when they heard their names called during the 2018 NHL Draft Saturday in Dallas, Texas.
Jack St. Ivany was selected in the fourth round (112th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native was an offensive force for the Herd this past season, tallying 39 points (7g, 32a) in 57 regular season and playoff games. St. Ivany skated in the 2017 & 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game and earned a silver medal for Team USA at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge. The defenseman was named to the All-USHL Third team this past season and will attend Yale University this fall.
“We’re very excited for Jack to be selected,” said head coach and general manager Scott Owens. “He had an outstanding season with us and it’s great to see all his hard work and play be rewarded.”
Riley Hughes was selected in the seventh round (216th overall) by the New York Rangers. Hughes was taken by the Stampede in the 2016 USHL Futures draft and spent the past season with St. Sebastian’s prep school, scoring 36 points (21 g, 15 a) in 30 games. The forward skated in two games with Sioux Falls this past season and is expected to join the team when the 2018-19 season begins in September. He has already committed to Northeastern University.
St. Ivany and Hughes join several other former players who have had their rights picked up by NHL clubs over the past two seasons. Defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in third round and goaltender Jeremy Swayman was taken by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Following the 2017-18 season, goaltender Mikhail Berdin signed a three-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets.
Season memberships for the 2018-19 season are on sale now through the Stampede office. Season ticket holders receive a significant discount off the walk-up price of tickets, the same seat to every game, special invites to special events involving the players, discounts at the Stampede Pro Shop and more! Call 336-6060 for more information or click here.
Courtesy: Sioux Falls Stampede
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