June 28, 2014
MADISON, Wis. –- For the 17th consecutive season, a hockey player with ties to the Wisconsin men’s hockey program was chosen in the NHL draft. This year, two newcomers in defenseman Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minnesota) and forward Matt Ustaski (Glenview, Illinois), were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft. Both are expected on the Wisconsin roster this fall.
Dougherty went in the second round, 51st overall, to the Nashville Predators. He will arrive in Madison after skating with the U.S. Under-18 Team last season. Included in his highlights from this past season was his gold medal win with the under-18 team at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship. He scored two goals and two assists in seven games, tallying the game-opening goal in a 5-2 gold medal game victory over Czech Republic in Finland.
He was recently invited to take part in the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 2-9, in Lake Placid, New York, a first step in making the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. That event takes place Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Canada.
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Ustaski was picked up by the Winnipeg Jets in the seventh round with the 192nd overall selection. The left-handed shot skated for the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL last season, posting 29 goals and 49 points in 54 games. He stands 6-6 and weighs 225 pounds.
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