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Ice Wolves take part in first NAHL Draft, select 14 ‘great players’


The New Mexico Ice Wolves’ first-ever NAHL Draft was a success, netting the team 14 players, including star goalie Josh Graziano with the second-overall pick in the June 4 draft.


The Ice Wolves now have 31 total players comprising draft picks and 17 tendered players as the team marks another milestone in preparations for its inaugural season competing in the league’s South Division beginning in the 2019-20 season.

“We are very pleased with our first-ever NAHL Draft and how our team is taking shape,” said Ice Wolves head coach and GM Phil Fox. “Goaltending was top of mind and we made our second-overall pick count with Josh Graziano while also achieving our goals of adding experience, size, speed and guys who we believe will be standout members of the community as well as great players.”

Ice Wolves 2019 NAHL Draft selections listed by round:
1st round – Josh Graziano – Goalie
2nd round – Gustav Muller – Forward
3rd round – Keenan Johnson and Andrei Golikov – defensemen acquired via trade
4th round – Jackson Wille – Forward acquired via trade
5th round – Drew Lorinchak- Forward
6th round – Riley Cooley – Forward
7th round – Logan Bellar – Forward
8th round – Mitchell Becker – Defenseman
9th round – Luke Beerman – Forward
10th round – Logan Martinson – Defenseman
11th round – Josh Langford – Goalie
12th round – Banks Burkart – Forward
13th round – Lucas Newman – Forward

Tendered Ice Wolves players:
Joe Paradise – Forward
Tom Paradise – Forward
Spencer Rudrud – Forward
Keegan Langefels – Defenseman
Connor Kemp – Forward
John Garvey – Defenseman
Cam Lantz – Defenseman
Zack Frisk – Forward
Michael McCosh – Forward
Jacob Halvorson – Forward
Alex Dominique – Forward
Griffen Sanom – Forward
Henrik Laursen – Goalie
Brandon Holt – Defenseman
Max Tobin – Defenseman
Creighton McMahan – Forward
Tristan Rand – Forward


The Ice Wolves draft picks and tendered players now look forward to the main camp on July 24-27 after which the roster will be firmly shaped up. The July main camp will be held at Outpost Ice Arenas in Albuquerque, and is open to the public.

Fox is joined by assistant GM and associate head coach Keenan Kelly as well as assistant coach Kyle Follmer.

(June 6, 2019)

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