Incoming Union College hockey player Justin Mrazek was selected in the
eighth round (230th) of the NHL draft on Sunday, June 27, by the
Washington Capitals. A goaltender who most recently played for the
Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Mrazek is the first
Union player to be selected in the draft since goaltender Brandon Snee was
picked in the fifth round by the New York Rangers in the 2000 draft.
At 6-3 and
185 pounds, Mrazek posted a 14-16-5 record with Estevan last season with a 3.14
goals against average and a .903 save percentage. Mrazek will battle with
returning Dutchmen goaltender Kris Mayotte for playing time when Union begins
their 2004-2005 season in October.