June 30, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- For the 16th consecutive year, at least one Wisconsin men's hockey player heard his name called out 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, Minn., native, went in the fifth round to the Anaheim Ducks at 147th overall, while Soleway, from Vernon, British Columbia, was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round at 193rd overall.
Besse was the second incoming Badger in as many years to get drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, joining 2013 WCHA Final Five MVP Nic Kerdiles as a prospect. Four Badgers (Gardiner, Schultz) have gone to the Ducks in the last six years, while nine have been drafted by Anaheim all time.
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.
Soleway is just the third Badger drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes. Most notable was Kyle Turris, who was chosen third overall in the 2007 draft. Goaltender Brett Bennett was a Phoenix pick in 2006.
A 6-2 and 208-pound power forward, Soleway joined the BCHL's Penticton Vees last season, after a midseason trade from the Vernon Vipers, posting 14 of his 19 goals and 29 of his 46 points in 22 games with Penticton. He helped the squad to an Interior Division title. He had five goals and 17 points in 26 games with Vernon.
Penticton made the BCHL playoffs, where Soleway tied for ninth in the league with 11 points in 15 games. The team reached the BCHL championship, but fell to the Surrey Eagles.
The Badgers boast 149 all-time NHL draft choices and 76 alumni who have skated in the NHL. The 2013-14 Badgers now boast nine NHL draft picks on the roster.