A local hockey player got to hear his named called by his hometown team at last night's QMJHL entry draft.
Defenceman Owen Phillips of Upper Tantallon went seventh overall to the Halifax Mooseheads. He spent the past season playing in Pittsburgh.
In an interview posted to the Mooseheads' website after the selection, Phillips says he grew up a fan.
"We were fortunate enough to get out to some games when guys like MacKinnon and Drouin were playing," Phillips explained. "Seeing guys on the team like that and how skilled they were, how good they were, really motivated you to become the best hockey player you could."
Meantime the Cape Breton Eagles took Tomas Lavoie with the first overall pick.
The lanky defenceman was the consensus top draft choice, turning heads last season playing in Quebec.