June 23, 2008
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Mark Olver was taken by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Draft with the 140th overall selection. He led the Wildcats this past season with a team-leading 38 points on a team-high 21 goals and 17 assists. Olver was a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) All-Rookie Team for the 2007-08 season.
“We are extremely happy for Mark,” said NMU head coach, Walt Kyle. “He is the type of player we want at NMU. With his work ethic and the year he had last year he was very deserving.” Kyle also felt other players who are currently on the team and prospects will hopefully get drafted in the future.
The sophomore from Burnaby, B.C. was ranked 207th by the Central Scouting Service entering the draft. Olver’s brother, Darin, was a second-round selection by the New York Rangers in the 2004 NHL Draft with the 36th overall selection, which is the highest a NMU player has been drafted.
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