One of the members of the Kootenay ICE selected in last weekend’s NHL Draft is finally started to come back down to earth.
Defenseman Cale Fleury was picked 87th overall by the Montreal Canadiens Saturday.
Fleury admits it was all a bit of a blur when his name was called out at the United Centre in Chicago.
The Calgary export chuckles he “blanked out” in between accepting hugs and high fives from family and friends and making his way to the stage.
Fleury, who turns 19 in November, says once he put on the famous Canadiens jersey and hat the significance of the moment hit him.
The 6’1 203lb blueliner says he’s been looking forward to that day for so long and it means a lot to be going to an organization like Montreal.
He suggests he would have been happy to go to any NHL franchise but it’s extra special that he’s now a member of such a historic organization.
Fleury is in Montreal over the next five days for the team’s development camp and then plans to spend the remainder of the offseason training in Calgary.
He’s focused on making the best first impression possible with the Montreal staff so he’s be in a good position to join the club over the coming years.The blueliner says he’ll be working to get stronger and faster as the jump from major junior to the pros is significant.
Fleury amassed 38 points in 70 games for the ICE last season.
ICE forward Brett Davis was picked 163rd overall in the NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.
– ICE defenseman Cale Fleury
(Photo courtesy of Twitter//Cale Fleury)