Press Box

July 2, 2004

July 2, 2004


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team had two current players and three future â€Â˜Cats selectedin the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, N.C. The five players taken is thethird time in NMU history that many players were taken in a draft (1978 and1991).  In the 1987 and 1989 NHL Drafts the â€Â˜Cats had six players taken in eachdraft. 

Darin Olver, who led the â€Â˜Cats this past season in goals(13), assists (21) and points (34), was taken in the second round with the 36thoverall pick by the New York Rangers.  Olver is the second â€Â˜Cat taken in thesecond round of the NHL Draft as he joins Brad Werenka, who was taken byEdmonton in the 1987 NHL Draft. 

Fellow â€Â˜Cat, Dusty Collins was taken in the fifth round bythe 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lighting with the 163rd overallselection. Collins had one goal and six assists for the 2003-04 season.

Three future â€Â˜Cats, all forwards, were selected in the draftas all three will be freshmen on the team for the 2004-05 season. All threefuture â€Â˜Cats played in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) this pastseason. 

Andrew Sarauer was the first newcomer chosen as he went tothe Vancouver Canucks with the 125th overall selection in the fourthround.  He played for Langley this past season.  Mike Santorelli was the nextfuture â€Â˜Cat taken as he went in the sixth round with the 178thoverall pick to the Nashville Predators.  Santorelli played this past seasonfor Vernon.  Matt Siddall was the third future â€Â˜Cat selected as he was taken bythe Atlanta Thrashers with the 270th overall selection in the ninthround.  Siddall skated for Powell River in 2003-04. 

NMU had five players on the roster who were taken in earlierdrafts.  The players currently on the roster who have been drafted includePatrick Murphy (Edmonton), Nathan Oystrick (Atlanta), Dirk Southern (Anaheim),Zach Tarkir (New Jersey) and Geoff Waugh (Dallas).




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director