Just drafted on Saturday by the New York Rangers, Shane McColgan is already getting a taste of the Big Apple.
On Sunday, the Kelowna Rockets’ forward flew to New York where the Rangers will spend the rest of the week evaluating and getting to know their top new prospects.
The Rangers chose the 5-foot-9, 165-pound forward from Manhattan Beach, Calif. in the fifth round, 134th overall in Saturday’s NHL entry draft.
Minutes after getting off the ice from his first practice with the Rangers Monday, McColgan was beginning to absorb the latest turn of events in his hockey career.
“Seeing Mark Messier here, and to know guys like Gretzky and Jagr have worn the Rangers jersey, it’s really an honour to be here,” he said.
McColgan, 18, makes up for his relative lack of size by playing with speed, skill and a feisty edge to his game. He led the Rockets in scoring last season with 21 goals and 66 points in 67 games, and was also the club’s top playoff performer with 19 points in 10 games.