BostonBruins.com - The Boston Bruins selected Sioux Falls Stampede goalie Jeremy Swayman with the 111th overall pick on Saturday afternoon at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.
"Absolutely surreal," Swayman said from his native Alaska, where he watching the earl-morning coverage of his selection with his family. "I've been working my whole life for this and just to kind of have the notion of, your work has paid off in a small area of time or a small trinket, it's very worth all of the hard times and tough times and kind of working everything for it. It's kind of a token back and just an incredible opportunity for sure."
Here's everything you need to know about Swayman:
Jeremy Swayman: 4th Round, 111th Overall
Last team: Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Future team: University of Maine (Hockey East)
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
Weight: 187 pounds
Birthday: Nov. 24, 1998 (18 years old)
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Central Scouting: 12th-ranked North American goaltender
Miscellaneous: Swayman spent the 2016-17 season with the Sioux Falls Stampede, where he posted a 7-18-3 record in 32 games, along with a goals against average of 2.90 and a save percentage of 0.914.
He played alongside 2015 Bruins draft pick Jack Becker in Sioux Falls.
"I'm going to use him in every way just to kind of pick his brain - which I did this year," Swayman said. "He was a big mentor for myself as well as my team. We all looked up to him."
He spent the 2015-16 season with the U-18 Pikes Peak Miners, where he posted a 1.79 goals against average and a 0.940 save percentage in 18 games.
"I'm just kind of an active goalie, challenging the player instead of staying back in the crease," Swayman said. "I also use my size to my ability too, especially for those point shots. Kind of having the blocking mentality instead of kind of going small and shrinking down."
Swayman, who has never been to Boston, is committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Maine for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
"It could not have been more scripted, I feel," he said. "I'm going to be playing the Boston Universities and all the UMass Amherst and Lowell guys, so I'll be there quite a bit. I'll be performing for the guys that picked me so I'm very excited."