Boston University was omnipresent during the second day of the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Three of Jack Parker’s Terriers came off the board with defenseman Adam Clendening and winger Matthew Nieto going in the second round before Clendening’s blue line partner Garrett Noonan went in the fourth round.
Clendening and Nieto made the journey out to Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center along with Coach Parker to be a part of the festivities.
It marked the third time in the last five years that BU had two of its players selected in the top 50 of the draft.
“I’ve got the whole family out here, it was a great experience for everybody,” said Clendening, a freshman who was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 36th overall selection.
Clendening had just reconciled with Nieto when they hopped on the phone with ESPN Boston, having just gone through the media car wash in Minneapolis.
“Yesterday was a long day and we were back early in the day today,” Nieto added. “It’s something you’ll never forget though.”
Nieto, the freshman forward from Long Beach, California, will be changing his NHL allegiances after being taken by the San Jose Sharks with the 47th overall pick.
“I actually grew up a Kings fan,” he said.
Noonan, a product of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Mass., was finishing up a workout at Agganis Arena when he found out that he’d been selected by the Nashville Predators with the 112th pick.
“I was watching the television in the lounge when Adam [Clendening] and Matt [Nieto] got picked,” said Noonan, a native of Norfolk, Mass. “So I kept watching and a little while later I got the call from Nashville.”
All three players credited their time spent on Comm Ave. as a driving force behind hearing their names called.
“You look at the history and BU produces a lot of pro players,” said Nieto, who played his sophomore year of high school at The Salisbury School in Connecticut before joining the U.S. National U-18 team. “We have all the tools provided to us that we need to become professionals.”
Clendening added, “It’s a privilege every time you put that sweater on at BU. You’ve got Coach Parker, who’s one of the most legendary coaches in the game. It’s a great place to play hockey.”