PHILADELPHIA -- Providence College men’s hockey incoming freshman Jake Walman (Toronto, Ontario) was selected in the third round (82nd overall) by St. Louis in the 2014 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft, which was held at the Wells Fargo Center (June 27-28). Then in the sixth round (177th overall), future Friar Hayden Hawkey (Parker, Colo.) was selected by Montreal.
Walman is a 6-1, 175-pound defenseman, who played the 2013-14 season for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). In 43 games, he scored seven goals and added 26 assists for 33 points en route to claiming the OJHL Top Prospect Award, as selected by NHL Central Scouting (given annually to the player selected as the top-ranked, draft eligible prospect for the upcoming draft).
Walman was also a member of Team Canada East at the 2013 Junior `A' Challenge (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) and he skated on the OJHL South-East All-Star team, which placed as the runner-up 2013 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge (Terrebonne, Quebec). On April 1, he was named the OJHL Rookie of the Year.
Hawkey is a 6-1, 180-pound goalie for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Having already signed a National Letter of Intent, he will join the Friars for the 2015-16 season. Following his first season with Omaha, he was named the 2014 USHL Goaltender of the Year. He posted a 22-6-3 record and led the league with a .926 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average, becoming the first USHL netminder since 2002 to finish with a sub-2.00 goals-against average.
Walman is the sixth Friar to be selected by the Blues, while Hawkey will be the ninth Friar selected by the Canadiens.
Walman will be one of seven Friars on the 2014-15 roster to have been drafted, joining red shirt senior Mark Adams (Buffalo, fifth round, 134th overall, 2009), sophomore Anthony Florentino (Buffalo, fifth round, 143rd overall, 2013), junior Jon Gillies (Calgary, third round, 75th overall, 2012), junior John Gilmour (Calgary, seventh round, 198th overall, 2013), junior Mark Jankowski (Calgary, first round, 21st overall, 2012) and incoming freshman Brian Pinho (Washington, sixth round, 174th overall, 2013).
Pinho and Walman will become the 98th and 99th Friars selected in the NHL Draft, while Hawkey will be the 100th.
The Friars open the season on Oct. 10 at Ohio State, while their first regular season home game will be against Hockey East for Boston University on Friday, Oct. 31. Tickets for the 2014-15 season can be purchased by clicking HERE, or by calling the Providence College ticket office at 401-865-GOPC.
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