Once a year, NHL dreams come true for a selection of talented and passionate young players at the annual NHL Entry Draft. The eyes of the hockey world hone in on the young emerging talent, while current NHL players watch eagerly to see the players they will call teammates or foes in the future.
On Sunday, June 30th, in Newark, New Jersey, seasoned players shared their own draft day memories, and welcomed the new players to the league. As for the players recently drafted to their new teams, they tweeted their relief, gratitude, and excitement for what’s to come.
The prospects-turned-players revel in the moment:
So proud to be part of the @Avalanche organization!!!— Nathan Mackinnon (@Mackinnon9) June 30, 2013
What a feeling! pic.twitter.com/EjTba3moxY— Nathan Mackinnon (@Mackinnon9) June 30, 2013
reallly proud to be part of the Tampa Bay lightning , can't wait to head out to tampa #NHLdraft— jonathan drouin (@jodrouin27) June 30, 2013
Seasoned NHL players celebrate the young stars who made it and share their own Entry Draft stories:
Congrats to all the kids today on draft day!! Exciting day for them and their families! For those who don't get picked its just a speed bump— josh gorges (@jgorges26) June 30, 2013
Welcome to the Avs family @Mackinnon9!!— Gabriel Landeskog (@GabeLandeskog92) June 30, 2013
Congrats and welcome to Denver @Mackinnon9! See ya in Halifax next week bud— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) June 30, 2013