The LA Kings selected center Alex Turcotte from the US National Team Development Program with their fifth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
"I'm beyond blessed. Super excited, it hasn't even hit me yet," Turcotte said. "I just can't wait to get started with the Kings. It's a dream come true."
Turcotte scored 27 goals and had 62 points in 37 exhibition and USHL games last season, centering the second line, just behind first overall pick Jack Hughes.
Video: The LA Kings Select Alex Turcotte 5th Overall in 2019
Hockey runs in the family for the Turcottes.
Alex's dad, Alfie, was drafted 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens and also suited up for the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals.
If he had to compare his son to a current NHL player, it would be Patrice Bergeron. "Playmaker, hard-working two-way forward," Alfie said. "I'm so proud of him, he's worked so hard to get this point. Looking forward to see what he brings the rest of the way."
As for the near future, Turcotte will be heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to play for the Badgers under former Kings Player Tony Granato.
"He's one [player] we were lucky enough to get to commit a couple of years back. His compete level is as good as any player we've seen," Granato said. "We love how hard he plays without the puck. He's going to be out there battling like crazy to help his team."
Video: Turcotte on being selected by Kings in 2019 NHL Draft
The fast facts:
Birthday: February 26, 2001
Height and weight: 5'11, 180 pounds
Hometown: Island Lake, Illinois
Favorite hockey memory: Winning the U17 World Championship
Favorite place to travel to: Los Angeles
Most looking forward to about being in LA: Getting to meet all the players and getting started with the Kings
"You want to go to the team that wants you. I thank them so much for believing in me and picking me. I can't wait to get started. I'm extremely excited to be a King."
People might be surprised to learn that you: Are pretty good at basketball
Person you admire most: Dad and Grandpa
Who would play you in a movie: Bradley Cooper
Favorite Kings player: Anze Kopitar
"I think guys like Kopitar, I think players like that help win Championships. I've looked up to players like that. He's one of the best players in the world, and it's so cool I get to be in the same organization as him, and I can't wait to get started."
Hidden talent: Can burp on command
Favorite podcast: Spittin' Chiclets
Last meal would be: Burrito bowl AND a burrito from Chipotle
Would most like to have dinner with: Will Ferrell
Favorite TV show: Narcos
Go-to karaoke song: Don't Stop Believing
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Most used emoji: 😂
Biggest obsession: Hockey
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