VANCOUVER (WSAW) -- It didn't come without a lot of hard-work, but the day every athlete dreams of came to reality for Stevens Point native Cole Caufield.
The 18-year-old was selected 15th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. He's the third person from Stevens Point to ever be drafted in the NHL Draft, and the first player to ever be drafted in the first round. The other two from Stevens Point are Travis Erstad and Aaron Harstad.
Caufield was the seventh U-18 U.S. National Development Program player drafted on the night.
"I mean it was a wait, bit it's all worth it," said Caufield. "Seeing those guys, the work that they've put in and we've all put in, it's nice to see the work pay off, and I'm so happy for every single one of them, they all deserve it all."
"We're so happy for him," said Cole's mom Kelly Caufield. "He has wonderful teammates, and it's been a joy to watch them. To see them up there with their families has been wonderful."
Caufield exploded up the boards with his impressive U-18 World Junior Championship performance where he tallied 14 goals, which was the most of anyone in the tournament, and four assists in just seven games as the USA took bronze.
Caufield also put up gaudy numbers with the U.S. National U-18 Team with 72 goals and 28 assists in 64 games, which is the most in the history of the program.
Caufield played two years with SPASH. During his time with the Panthers, he played 45 games with 75 goals and 62 assists. He put up an unreal 50 goals in his sophomore season.