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Courtesy: WMU

Two Broncos Selected in NHL Draft

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 06/23/2012
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PITTSBURGH, Pa., -- Western Michigan hockey's Mike McKee and Colton Hargrove were both selected on day two of the 2012 National Hockey League Draft on Saturday with McKee being taken by the Detroit Red Wings and Hargrove drafted by the Boston Bruins.

McKee, a 6-foot-4 and 225-pound defenseman, was selected 140th overall in the fifth round by the Red Wings. He is only the second Bronco to be selected by the Red Wings, joining Andy Suhy who was drafted by Detroit in the eighth round of the 1989 draft. McKee is coming off his first season in the United States Hockey League where he played for the Lincoln Stars. He appeared in 59 games for the Stars, tallying two goals and adding 17 assists for 19 points. He finished with a plus-7 plus/minus and led the team with 237 penalty minutes.

"It was pretty exciting and a dream come true," said McKee. "Going to the draft last year and sitting through it and not getting drafted, I tried to prove people wrong this year in Lincoln and getting that phone call today saying you're a Detroit Red Wing made all the hard work pay off. The Red Wings have been such a good organization for a long time. They do a great job of bringing up players through their system and they always seem to have amazing defensemen."

Hargrove, a 6-foot-2 and 212-pound forward, was selected 205th overall in the seventh round by the Bruins. He is coming off his second season with the Fargo Force in the USHL and will play at Western Michigan this coming season. The Rockwall, Texas, native played in 54 games with the Force this season, netting 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points. In two seasons in the USHL he tallied 29 goals and amassed 65 points.

This marks the second straight year a Bronco has been selected in the NHL Draft. Last year Chase Balisy was selected in the sixth round by the Nashville Predators. In total 54 Broncos have been selected in the NHL draft since 1974 when Neil Smith became the first ever member of the Brown & Gold to be drafted.