LED ALL QMJHL ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN IN SCORING IN 2001-02
TORONTO (June 22, 2002)
– The Carolina Hurricanes completed the first day of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft in Toronto by selecting defenseman Jesse Lane with the 91st overall pick.
Lane (6’1’’, 210 lbs.) completed his first season with Hull of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2001-02, finishing first among the league’s rookie defensemen with 40 points (16g, 24a) in 48 games. He was named to the QMJHL’s All-Rookie Team and performed at the 2002 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. A native of Needham, Mass., Lane began the season at Harvard University, tallying one assist in three games before opting to play in the QMJHL. Lane, a graduate of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, played 62 games for the USA’s under-18 team in 2000-01, totaling 27 points (7g, 20a).
Earlier on Saturday, the Hurricanes selected goaltender Cam Ward with their first-round selection (25th overall). Ward (6’0’’, 176 lbs.) completed his rookie season for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, helping the Rebels advance to the WHL Eastern Conference championship. The 18-year-old led all WHL goaltenders in goals against average (2.26) and was second in wins (30) and fifth in save percentage (.911) in 2002. Ward, a native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, was named the WHL Eastern Conference’s Top Goaltender and selected to the Conference’s First All-Star Team.
The Hurricanes exercised their option to give Detroit their second round selection as their piece of the Aaron Ward trade and maintain their second-round draft choice for the 2003 Entry Draft. Carolina re-acquired the third-round draft choice from Philadelphia in exchange for a sixth-round pick (192nd overall) in this year’s draft and a third-round selection in the 2003 Draft.