Even after the craziness of the past year and the stops and starts as a result of the pandemic, you won’t hear complaints from Mount St. Charles Academy 18-U defenseman Nate Benoit.
On July 24, after sitting through hours of tedious selections at his family’s Bow, N.H., home, the North Dakota commit was selected No. 182 overall by the Minnesota Wild in the sixth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
“It’s unreal,” Benoit, 18, told New England Hockey Journal. “It’s something you’re always working toward and it’s always in the back of your mind, but when it actually happens, and it’s finalized, it’s something that I still haven’t even gotten used to yet. It’s hard to realize it’s real. It’s just such an awesome feeling.”