BostonBruins.com - The Boston Bruins selected Saint John Sea Dogs forward Cédric Paré with the 173rd pick on Saturday afternoon at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.
"It was awesome," Paré said from the draft in Chicago. "My family was there. My Mom, my brother, my grandparents. I was surprised a little bit, yeah. It's nice. I don't have words, I'm just excited."
The Quebec native, who describes himself as a two-way center that is good at the faceoff dot, is somewhat familiar with Boston, as he visited the city as a child and took in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
"I don't know that much about the Bruins, but I know it's a good organization and I'm very proud," he said. "I went to Boston when I was younger and I really liked the city."
Here's everything you need to know about Paré:
Cédric Paré: 6th Round, 173rd Overall
Last team: Saint John's Sea Dogs
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
Weight: 205 pounds
Birthday: Jan. 24, 1999 (18 years old)
Hometown: Levis, Quebec
Central Scouting: 146th-ranked North American skater
Miscellaneous: Paré played his first full season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the 2016-17 season with the Saint John Sea Dogs, after playing five games with the team during the 2015-16 campaign. In 64 games, Paré tallied five goals and 11 assists along with 26 penalty minutes. He also added a goal and two assists in 18 playoff games.
In four Memorial Cup games with Saint John, the 6-fot-2, 205-pound forward scored a pair of goals.
Paré played with Bruins 2015 first-round pick Jakub Zboril in Saint John.
"He's a good guy and he's a good friend, too," said Paré . "I'm excited to go to Boston and to meet him there, too."
Scouting Report: Bruins Assistant General Manager Scott Bradley: "He's got a lot of energy. I think it's undervalued. His skating, I think over the course of the year he's picked it up with his skating. His stride has lengthened a little bit. What we liked is his energy and he did score in the Memorial Cup. He didn't have great numbers, but he had limited minutes playing on the fourth line and I think this year, he'll be one of their top guys, one of their top-six forwards that will get a lot of ice time and, hopefully, get some good development."