St. John's Prep center Colin Blackwell, ESPN Boston's inaugural Mr. Hockey Award recipient, was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (194th overall) of the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
It came somewhat as a surprise for the Harvard-bound skater.
"I was home watching the draft throughout the day," Blackwell said. "But I was in the other room when I got picked.
"All of a sudden, my girlfriend started screaming from in front of the television, telling me to get in there. It was amazing."
The 5-foot-8, 164-pound forward is slated to play for head coach Ted Donato as a true freshman next year.
In 2010-11, the Eagles captain and North Andover resident led Prep to its first Super Eight tournament final appearance and was named the Catholic Conference’s Most Valuable Player.
Blackwell tallied 33 goals and 33 assists for 66 points and was a +42 during the regular season. He also added seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in five games to lead all scorers in the Division 1A tournament.
In the run-up to the draft, Blackwell had met with the Sharks scouting department for an interview. He said he'd also talked to the L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues.
"This is the highlight to my high school experience," Blackwell said. "It's such a great honor, but this is the beginning of a new chapter in my life."
Blackwell is not the only local tie on the Sharks' present roster, which also boasts Essex's Benn Ferriero as well as St. John's Prep alum John McCarthy.
"It's great to join an orgiazation like [the Sharks]. It shows that there's talent in New England, in Massachusetts, and we can play."
While reflecting on the achievement of being drafted, Blackwell was only looking ahead.
"This is just the beginning. There's a lot of hard work to put in now [at Harvard]. Getting drafted, this is just one goal, now it's time to move on to the next one."