Cranbrook, B.C. – There are not many people who understand the feeling of being drafted by an NHL organization, but for two roommates dawning the Kootenay ICE jersey it is a feeling they are excited to talk about.
Cale Fleury (defenceman) and Brett Davis (forward) experienced arguably their proudest moment as a hockey player being selected in the 2017 NHL Draft on June 24.
Chicago’s United Centre was the host venue for the event, which saw draft eligible players from around the world file in hoping to hear their name called. The spotlight was placed on Fleury in the third round when the Montreal Canadiens selected the Calgary native 87th overall.
“Surreal, honestly, just such a historic team, original six and Stanley Cups,” said Fleury describing the feeling of being drafted by such a storied franchise.
“Every emotion at once just hit me, relief and excitement, really special moment for me and my family.”
Almost 1,400 kilometres away, Brett Davis was watching the NHL Draft with his family at his home in Oakbank, Manitoba.
“I knew going into it it was kind of a 50/50 chance of me getting drafted, so I wasn’t really putting too much pressure on it.”
After watching the fifth round pass by, Davis heard his name called in the sixth round (163rd overall) by the Dallas Stars.
“I couldn’t really put it into words when I got drafted, it’s something you always dream about as a kid seeing your name come up on the NHL Draft,” Davis explained.
Davis said he received a call from Stars management along with current Stars forward and ICE alumni Adam Cracknell shortly after the selection. Davis also had a brief chat with Fleury, exchanging congratulations.
“He got some camera time so I’m sure he’ll be a bit cocky about that,” Davis said jokingly. “It was cool to see him go that early.”
Next up for both teenagers is NHL development camp. Fleury will be at the Canadiens’ camp July 2-6 while Davis leaves for Dallas on July 6.