ST. PAUL -- The roar of those Minnesotans in attendance was almost deafening when Mario Lucia of Wayzata High School not only became the first local boy off the board at the NHL Entry Draft, but also the player of choice of the hometown Minnesota Wild.
"It's an honor … you can't write a better story than this," said Lucia, who was chosen in the second round by the Wild at Xcel Energy Center on the final day of the draft. "Just growing up in Minnesota and being selected by the hometown team, it's incredible. It's not only great for myself, but for my family to be drafted by the organization."
The Wild actually traded up to select Lucia -- sending third (No. 71 overall) and fourth-round (No. 101 overall) choices to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the start of the second round on Saturday. He was selected to a standing ovation with the 60th choice.