For the 16th straight year, at least one Wisconsin men’s hockey player heard his name called at the NHL draft as incoming freshmen Grant Besse and Jedd Soleway were both chosen on Sunday at the 2013 NHL Draft in New Jersey.
Besse, a Plymouth, Minnesota native went in the fifth round to the Anaheim Ducks at 147th overall, while Soleway, from Bernon, British Columbia, was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round at 193rd overall.
The reigning Minnesota Mr. Hockey, Besse earned fame in 2012 when he scored all five of his team’s goals in the state championship game to lead Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School to the state title.
The Badgers boast 149 all-time NHL draft choices and 76 alumni who have actually skated in the NHL. The 2013-14 Badgers now boast nine NHL draft picks on the roster.