point, identical twins Justin and Drew Daniels probably
will have to separate.
it's beginning to look like that might not happen for a
really, really long time.
19-year-old brothers from Suffern who played last season
at the Kent School in Connecticut were each drafted by
the San Jose Sharks in yesterday's NHL draft, keeping
their hockey futures intertwined for the foreseeable
Daniels was selected first. The Sharks chose him with
the first pick of the third round, which was 62nd
Sharks didn't even have a pick in the first two rounds,
making Justin their highest selection in this weekend's
draft. San Jose traded its fourth- and fifth-round picks
this year and its third-round pick in 2009 to Tampa Bay
to select Justin.
didn't even know if I would get drafted at all," said
Justin, a center. "Maybe the sixth or seventh round, but
I wasn't thinking the third. I was just hoping for the
hours later, the news got even better. Drew Daniels, a
right wing, was taken by San Jose in the seventh round,
"Growing up, you just dream of being drafted, to get a
chance to play at that type of level," Drew said. "But I
never thought we would get drafted by the same team."
twins, the Sharks also drafted five other players not
surreal," Justin said. "It's pretty storybook how it
worked out. We gave each other a huge hug, and we're
proud of each other."
brothers will head to San Jose together on July 14 to
participate in a camp for all the Sharks' draft picks.
Danielses starred at Suffern, playing on Section 1's
perennial power from eighth grade through their junior
season. In 2006, they led Suffern to the sectional
championship and were named The Journal News' co-hockey
players of the year for Rockland County. That season,
Justin led the section in scoring with 91 points and
Drew was second with 90.
on earning a college scholarship, they chose to play in
a more competitive environment, leaving Suffern to
enroll at Kent, whose hockey program plays in the New
England Prep School Founders League.
tough as it was to lose two incredible players, it was
the right decision for them to leave," Suffern coach Rob
Schelling said. "They were dominant and needed to play
at another level."
Danielses continued to excel in their two years at Kent.
This season, Justin had 54 points in 25 games and Drew
had 47, earning both scholarships to Northeastern
first, in the fall, they are headed for the Sioux City
Musketeers - yes, they were "coincidentally" drafted by
the same team, a Tier 1 team in the United States Hockey
League. They're planning on living together with a host
family in Iowa.
following year they will go to Northeastern, and if
things go well, San Jose a few years later, where they
hope they can continue their time as teammates.
said the twins, who also have a 9-year-old brother,
Troy, and a 6-year-old sister, Stefani, have never been
to San Jose.
been pretty fortunate," Drew said. "It just seems like
it always has a way of working out."
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