WEST NEWBURY — Growing up, every young hockey player dreams of hearing their name called at the NHL Draft. For one local hockey star, that dream came true this past weekend.
Shane Eiserman, an 18-year-old West Newbury resident, was drafted No. 100 overall by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound left winger is committed to play at the University of New Hampshire this coming season, and he is considered to be a legitimate NHL prospect once he’s finished there.
“It’s awesome,” Eiserman told reporters after being drafted. “It’s a big relief and I’m glad to be picked by such a great organization.”
Eiserman’s path to professional hockey has featured more than its fair share of pit stops. As a freshman in high school, Eiserman helped lead St. John’s Prep to the 2011 Super 8 championship game, where the Eagles lost to Malden Catholic 4-3 at the TD Garden.
While at St. John’s Prep, he broke the Eagles’ single-season scoring record for freshmen (24 goals and 52 total points), and after the season he transferred to Cushing Academy, where he spent his sophomore year.
After Cushing, Eiserman traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to join the National Team Development Program’s U-18 squad, where he represented the U.S. on the silver medal-winning team at the 2013 U-18 World Junior Championships in Sochi.
Finally, Eiserman spent this past season playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League — the highest junior hockey league in America — where he recorded 9 goals and 14 assists.
He committed to play collegiately at UNH when he was a freshman at St. John’s Prep, and now after years away from home, he is excited for the chance to be back in New England.