July 2, 2004
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University hockey team had two current players and three future ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the 1987 and 1989 NHL Drafts the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had six players taken in eachdraft.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Darin Olver, who led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Olver is the second ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat taken in thesecond round of the NHL Draft as he joins Brad Werenka, who was taken byEdmonton in the 1987 NHL Draft.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Fellow ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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 ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats, all forwards, were selected in the draftas all three will be freshmen on the team for the 2004-05 season. All threefuture ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats played in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) this pastseason.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Andrew Sarauer was the first newcomer chosen as he went tothe Vancouver Canucks with the 125th overall selection in the fourthround.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He played for Langley this past season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mike Santorelli was the nextfuture ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat taken as he went in the sixth round with the 178thoverall pick to the Nashville Predators.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Santorelli played this past seasonfor Vernon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Siddall was the third future ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat selected as he was taken bythe Atlanta Thrashers with the 270th overall selection in the ninthround.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Siddall skated for Powell River in 2003-04.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU had five players on the roster who were taken in earlierdrafts.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).