Jessiman taken 12th Overall in NHL Draft

Forward Hugh Jessiman ’06 was taken by the New York Rangers with the 12th pick in the NHL Draft. He becomes the highest draftee ever from the ECAC, and is the first Dartmouth player ever to be taken in the 1st round.

Jessiman broke the Dartmouth freshman scoring record and finished 2nd on the team in scoring this past season with 47 points. Dartmouth won 20 games for the first time since the 1940’s.

It is likely Jessiman will return to the Dartmouth for his sophomore season. After that, whether he stays or not may depend on how the new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the players’ association ends up. Most people are expecting a strike/lockout following the 2004 Stanley Cup.

Lee Stempniak ’05 could be drafted in the later rounds.