PHILADELPHIA – Even though Anthony DeAngelo lives right across the bridge in New Jersey, the NHL has booked him a hotel room in Philadelphia as the NHL Draft approaches.
The first round will take place on Friday at Wells Fargo Center and for the past few days, the players eligible for the draft have been able to explore the city. However, even though he only lives 20 minutes away, DeAngelo has been about as much a tourist as the other prospects.
“I don’t know if I’ve been the tour guide as much. They’ve just had me mic’ed up,” the Sarnia Sting defenseman said on Thursday. “I was kind of doing some touring of my own. I don’t tour very much, so the Philadelphia museum, the Rocky steps, all that kind of stuff, it was my first time doing it too.”
DeAngelo said he’s going to have over 100 people in attendance at the draft and hopefully they’ll get to hear his name called Friday night. He said having friends, family and old coaches and teammates there will make it that much more special.
The sightseeing tour on Wednesday included stops at those infamous Rocky stairs, meals at Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks, a look around the Betsy Ross House and a Philadelphia Phillies game.
Before the ballgame, some players were able to partake in batting practice. Was anyone able to hit a home run?
“Oh no. No. Not even close,” left wing prospect Michael Dal Colle said. “I hit it pretty far, but I’m not a power hitter, I’ll tell you that.”