UPDATED: Incoming wing still excited by early-morning phone call
June 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Like most teenagers, Hunter Fejes was not too awake early Saturday morning.
Since he was home in Anchorage, the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft started at 6 a.m. He missed the start and had only been awake for a short time when a phone call perked him up mighty quick.
His adviser called to let him know the Phoenix Coyotes selected him 178th overall with the 27th pick of the sixth round.
The sudden whirlwind of phone calls and well wishes that followed still had Fejes buzzing a couple hours later.
“I just felt really happy,” he said. “I got really excited and then I started trying to figure out what to do.”
That would be to pack his bags. He is headed to the Coyotes development camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Monday. There the Coyotes can look him over again and make their recommendations on improving his game while playing for the Tigers. He confirmed that he plans to play for CC this fall.
The incoming freshman left wing was rated No. 91 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, garnered plenty of attention after he led Shattuck-St. Mary’s with 38 goals and finished second with 78 points in 55 appearances.
That performance made him attractive to the Coyotes organization, which reached the 2012 Western Conference finals. A chance to play in sunny Arizona is appealing to the Anchorage native, who has spent his high school years in Minnesota. His family maintains a vacation home there.
“I could get used to that weather,” he said.