Corbin McPherson, who was born in San Jose in 1988, today became the first player to come through the San Jose Jr. Sharks program at Logitech Ice at San Jose to be drafted by a National Hockey League team.
McPherson, a six-foot-four, 210-pound defenseman, was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round (87th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
“It’s extremely exciting, but I’m trying to keep a level head,” said McPherson. “It means a lot.”
Growing up, McPherson began playing with the San Jose Jr. Sharks program at Logitech Ice, commuting from 1 ½ hours each way from Folsom for practices and games.
In 2006-07, his first season with Cowichan Valley of the British Columbia Hockey League, he scored 14 points (four goals, ten assists) in 44 games. In May, he was selected by the Indiana Ice in the second round of the USHL Draft.
“I think it’s tremendous that he was drafted and by a great organization,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “It’s great to see a young man come up through a local program and get acknowledged like that. I think it will be the first of many. It’s an exciting time for Northern California hockey.”