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Notre Dame Hockey: Two Incoming Irish Freshman Picked in NHL Draft

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Two future Notre Dame hockey players heard their names called in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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The 2018 NHL Entry Draft took place in Dallas this past weekend and two future Notre Dame Fighting Irish players were among the 217 prospects who were selected.

Incoming freshman forward Jacob Pivonka was selected in the fourth round (103rd overall) by the New York Islanders, and defenseman Spencer Stastney was chosen in the fifth round (131st overall) by the Nashville Predators.

Pivonka, 18, was a member of the Chicago Mission AAA hockey program before playing for the United States National Development Program in Michigan from 2016-18. This past season, Pivonka recorded 20 points in 59 games with the Development Program, and also chipped in two points in seven games with Team USA at the U-18 World Championship. Pivonka was an assistant captain on the U-18 team that finished with a silver medal.

Born in Woodridge, Illinois, Pivonka was ranked #105 amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in their final pre-draft prospect rankings. He is the son of former NHL player Michal Pivonka, who recorded 599 points in 825 career games with the Washington Capitals.

Stastney, 18, in a path similar to Pivonka, was also a member of the Chicago Mission who went on to play two seasons with the United States National Development Program. Stastney recorded 28 points in 57 games with the Development Program in 2017-18, and finished with five points in seven games with Team USA at the U-18 World Championship. Born in Mequon, Wisconsin, Stastney was ranked #93 amongst North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

Both Pivonka and Stastney are slated to join Notre Dame for the upcoming season.