May 25, 2015


NHL

Grandview's Pulock answers NHL call

NEWARK – The New York Islanders liked what they saw in one smalltown Manitoba blueliner so they doubled down on Sunday, selecting Grandview’s Ryan Pulock in the first round of the NHL draft.

Pulock joins St. Malo-product Travis Hamonic with the Islanders, doubling not only the Manitoba flavour on Long Island but also the Brandon Wheat Kings connection.

Grandview's Ryan Pulock pulls on a New York Islanders sweater after being chosen 15th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft.

BILL KOSTROUN / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Grandview's Ryan Pulock pulls on a New York Islanders sweater after being chosen 15th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft.

"I know Travis a little and he played in Brandon, too, so it will be nice to have someone I have some connection with there," said Pulock.

Pulock was ranked to go in the bottom third of the first round but the Islanders took him a little earlier at 15th overall. They get a player many believe had the best shot in the entire draft.

"It’s a great moment. I’ve been hoping for this my entire life and it was exciting to hear my name," said Pulock. "I thanked my parents right away. They’ve had the biggest impact on my development as a hockey player and person."

Pulock’s younger brother, Brock, died in a car accident in 2010 and he was on the mind of the newest member of the Islanders on Sunday.

"I thought of Brock right away. He’s been on my mind all week," said Pulock. "He’d have a smile from ear-to-ear on his face right now. He loved the game every bit as much as I do."

Pulock was one of 35 players invited to Hockey Canada's junior summer camp on Friday and becomes the first Wheat King in four years and the 17th member of the franchise to be chosen in the NHL draft's opening round.

In 195 career WHL games, Pulock has scored 41 goals and 147 points.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:28 pm

Beatles tribute show coming to town April 27 wfp.to/Rlg

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:28 pm

Facebook to distribute targeted Amber Alerts wfp.to/Rl2

Bruce Owen | @fpbowen

May 25 12:22 pm

Manitoba Hydro's consolidated income stmt tabled today at Public Utilities Board. Note net income drop since '08. pic.twitter.com/tCWmWQZgKs

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:22 pm

Canadian women to look sharp at World Cup wfp.to/Rle

Winnipeg Free Press | @WinnipegNews

May 25 12:12 pm

Groups call on city, province to reject TransCanada 's Energy East project wfp.to/RlF

Scroll down to load more

Top