ST. PAUL, MN --
After Sven Baertschi
heard his name called by the Calgary Flames at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, his heart stopped.
Despite the fact the left winger from Langenthal, SUI had two meetings with the club prior to Friday night, the shock of being chosen in the first round hit him at full force.
"I can't really descibe how I feel right now. It was my dream and today I lived my dream so it was just amazing," he told CalgaryFlames.com after he finished meeting with the team's scouting staff and hockey operations. "It's just ... no words."
After getting off the draft floor, the 18 year-old was whisked away by the Flames PR personnel to go through the rigorous post-draft process.
He went through interview after interview, facing media from all over the world, and then headed off for several photo shoots from various agencies.
The smile Baertschi sported when he walked up on stage to throw on the Flames jersey didn't leave his face all night and he handled the barrage graciously.
"It feels like you're a superstar or something but I'm not," he smiled. "It's fun, you have to enjoy it, but I'll sleep good tonight."
Throughout his trek through all of the required stations, Baertschi was met by autograph seekers of all ages. He happily signed anything put in front of him, thanking fans for their support.
"It feels a little weird," he admitted after he was swarmed by the first batch. "But it's still pretty cool."
After finally finishing up with the media, Baertschi was able to rejoin his family. His parents and brother stood eagerly at the entrance to the family area, proudly watching as he finished up his last interview.
"It's amazing. After the interviews and everything, it was nice to come back and hug them again, to see them again, and to see my mom smile."
Baertschi and his family are planning on spending Saturday exploring the Twin Cities and enjoying their downtime before the forward gets back to his summer training.
"I'm so happy to be a Flame. I can't wait to get to work," he said. "This summer will be very exciting."
When asked to sum up the night in one sentence, Baertschi's reply was instant.
"A dream come true."