The 2011 version of the USHL Entry Draft was completed on Monday as a total of 216 players were selected by USHL Member Clubs.
The Chicago Steel made forward Brian Christie the first overall pick in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.
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"It is definitely an honor for sure," said Christie after receiving the news of his top selection. "It feels great but I know there is a lot more work to do."
The 19-year-old from West Chester, Pennsylvania was a point-per-game player this season as he collected 57 points (20g, 37a) in 57 regular season games for the Topeka RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Six of his goals were game-winners as he helped Topeka earn the regular season championship by posting a league-best record of 43-12-3 (89 points). Christie tied for the NAHL lead with a plus-38 rating. He also put up 11 points (4g, 7a) in 13 playoff games before Topeka was eliminated from the postseason.
"We are excited to have Brian as the number one pick," said Scott McConnell, Chicago Steel Head Coach/GM. "Brian brings us experience having success this past season in a good league. He is battle tested and has received excellent coaching from the Topeka staff."
Award winners include forward Zemgus Girgensons of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, named recipient of CCM Offensive Player of the Week; defenseman Mike Matheson of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week; and Christian Frey of the Tri-City Storm and Jon Gillies of the Indiana Ice who share honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
In the conclusion of this interview with writer Steve Beideck of the Omaha World-Herald, we discuss the USHL in general. Topics include the reason for the USHL’s existence, where the players come from, and the level of fan support across the league.
The Omaha Lancers of the USHL have gotten off to a fast start in the 2009-10 season. Steve Beideck, the beat writer for the Lancers at the Omaha World-Herald, talks with Hockey’s Future Managing Editor Ken McKenna about the Lancers in part one of this HF Podcast.