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Former Nanaimo Clipper Will Reilly, who played one season (2015-2016) with the Clippers, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Text excerpted from Yahoo Sports.

By the time Will Reilly’s name was announced as the 217th and final pick of the 2017 NHL draft, he had already turned off his television.

At home in Toronto, Reilly was tuning in mostly to see where his neighbor, Jacob Golden, would go. Golden went 147th to the Minnesota Wild, and that’s when Reilly stopped paying close attention to the draft and went about his day. Seventy picks later, his phone rang and it was the Pittsburgh Penguins calling to tell him that he was their seventh-round selection.


“Pretty crazy. I was kind of surprised,” Reilly told Yahoo Sports during a Saturday afternoon phone conversation. “I only talked to them a couple of times. Definitely very honored that they chose me.”

Honoured to be taken by the @penguins. Can’t wait to get started!
— Will Reilly (@97WillReilly) June 24, 2017


Pictures: Gary Dorland