June 23, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -
Future Providence College hockey players Mark Jankowski (St. Catherines, Ont.) and Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft which took place on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jankowski was picked in the first round (21st overall) by the Calgary Flames and Gillies was taken in the third round (75th overall) also by Calgary.
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Jankowski is the third Friar ever to be picked in the first round and the first since 1992 when Joe Hulbig was picked 13th overall. The other Friar to be selected in the first round was Tom Fitzgerald who was picked 17th overall in 1986.
Jankowski is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound forward who played at Stanstead College Prep High School in Quebec. Jankowsi was rated 43rd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting prior to the draft. During his senior season in which he helped his team to a school record 39 wins, Jankowski recorded 53 goals, 40 assists and 93 points in 57 games.
Gillies is the first Providence goalie to be drafted since 2002. Gillies, who is 6-foot-5, 210-pounds, played for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He was ranked sixth among North American goalies by NHL Central Scouting prior to the draft. Gillies recorded a 31-11-9 record, a 2.77 goals against average and a .915 save percentage last season with the Ice. He recently was selected to the 2012 USA Hockey National Jr. Evaluation Camp roster.