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July 3, 2014

A DREAM COME TRUE

West Newbury's Eiserman looks ahead after being drafted by NHL's Ottawa Senators

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“It’s going to be awesome. It’s not too close, but it’s 30 minutes away and near all my family,” he told reporters in Ottawa after the draft.

Though Eiserman has played all over the country, one of the biggest factors in his success was his time at home training with Eddie Hill, who was a second-round draft pick in 1999 and who runs the Hill Hockey Clinic in Newburyport.

Eiserman has trained with Hill for the past three years, and Hill said he could tell early on that he had the potential to become a special player. He described Eiserman as a man-child who has the pure size and strength that allows him to overpower smaller players and also the skill to compete at the highest level.

“He went to the NHL Combine in June and finished second on the bench press out of 120 of the top prospects,” Hill said. “He’s a big, strong kid and this is just a childhood dream for him to be recognized by the NHL.”

Eiserman is currently up in Ottawa for the Senators Development Camp, where he and the other draft picks are going through a rigorous week of training. Once that’s done, he is expected to continue to prepare for his upcoming college season.

Hill said he believes Eiserman has a bright future ahead of him, and that playing for a great college program like UNH will give him the best opportunity to succeed at the next level.

“With a college player that’s drafted, there’s no rush; when Shane’s ready, he’s ready,” Hill said. “As far as a major junior player, you have to be ready in two years, and if you’re not, you don’t make it. With college he has plenty of time to grow, develop and pound weights in the weight room. The NHL is a lot quicker than Hockey East.”

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