A version of the following story appeared in the 2016-17 fourth edition of AVALANCHE, the official game magazine of the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club. For more feature stories, purchase a copy of the magazine during Avs home games at Pepsi Center. All proceeds from game-magazine sales support youth hockey associations in Colorado.
It was a dream come true for defenseman Nate Clurman to be selected in the NHL Draft, but to be picked by his hometown team put him on cloud nine.
On the morning of June 25, 2016, the Boulder, Colorado, native knew there was a chance that he could be selected on the second day of 2016 draft, but he was also keeping his expectations low since he still had a full year of high school left at the prestigious Culver Military Academy in Indiana.
However, when he heard the news that it was the Colorado Avalanche that chose him 161st overall in the sixth round of the summer selection, he was stunned.