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June 24, 2012
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13 INCOMING PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2012 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
~ Conference boasts three first round picks for first time since 2007 ~
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Thirteen incoming Hockey East players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- 13 future Hockey East players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft over the weekend at the CONSOL Energy Center hosted by the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, which was headlined by three first-round picks.

Vermont forward recruit Zemgus Girgensons was the first player off the board in the opening round on Friday with the No. 14 pick by the Buffalo Sabres, while Providence recruit Mark Jankowski went 21st overall to the Calgary Flames. Boston College defenseman Michael Matheson rounded out the first round selections at pick No. 23 by the Florida Panthers.

Boston University led the way with five picks overall, while Maine, UMass-Lowell and Providence all had two incoming players selected, to go along with one selection from Boston College and Vermont.

A total of 534 Hockey East student-athletes have been selected in the NHL draft in the 28-year history of the league. It marks the sixth straight season the league has boasted a first-round selection, which includes 11 first round choices in the last six NHL Entry Drafts. The 13 league players selected are the most since 13 were taken in the 2009 Entry Draft.

The Hockey East Association is a 10-team Division I college men's hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eightteam Division I women's league which began play in 2002-03. The men's league has won eight NCAA championships in the past 20 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won six NCAA Championships and have placed 20 teams in the Frozen Four, along with 53 teams in the NCAA Tournament.

2012 HOCKEY EAST NHL DRAFT CLASS
Name (HEA Team) NHL Team Rd. Pick
Zemgus Girgensons (Vermont, F) Buffalo 1st 14
Mark Jankowski (Providence, F) Calgary 1st 21
Michael Matheson (Boston College, D) Florida 1st 23
Sam Kurker (Boston U., F) St. Louis 2nd 56
Devin Shore (Maine, F) Dallas 2nd 61
Jon Gillies (Providence, G) Calgary 3rd 75
Matthew Grzelcyk (Boston U., D) Boston 4th 85
Sean McGuire (Boston U., G) Pittsburgh 4th 113
Connor Hellebuyck (UMass-Lowell, G) Winnipeg 5th 130
Danny O'Regan (Boston U., F) San Jose 5th 138
Ben Hutton (Maine, D) Vancouver 5th 147
Wesley Myron (Boston U., F) Vancouver 6th 177
Dmitry Sinitsyn (UMass-Lowell, D) Dallas 7th 183
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