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Manhattan Beach native, Jr. Kings grad Brisson selected by Vegas in first round of NHL Draft


Brendan Brisson, a graduate of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program, was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round (29th overall) of this year’s NHL Draft, which was conducted today virtually.

The 2001-born Brisson, a University of Michigan recruit, completed an outstanding 2019-20 season with the USHL regular-season champion Chicago Steel in which the forward was named the USHL Rookie of the Year and to the All-USHL First Team after collecting 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) in 45 games. He was also a plus-17.

“The Golden Knights are getting a player that first of all, is a great person, that loves to be at the rink and is always looking to add different elements to his game, always looking to get better,” said Steel head coach Brock Sheahan. “Brendan has high-end skill and can make plays at speed and is comfortable playing inside of contact. He makes players around him better and can also score in a variety of ways.”

Last week, the Manhattan Beach native was invited to the upcoming U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp, which will be held from Oct. 8-13 in Plymouth, Mich. The camp is part of the evaluation process in selecting the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will run from Dec. 25, 2020-Jan. 5, 2021 in Edmonton.

Rounds 2-7 of the draft will be held tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m. PDT and aired on NHL Network and Sportsnet.

(Oct. 6, 2020)

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