Pair of Union Hockey freshmen selected in NHL Draft

CHICAGO — Union College men’s hockey incoming freshmen Parker Foo (Edmonton, Alberta) and Jack Adams (Boxford, Mass.) were both selected on the second day of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Saturday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago.

Foo was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round (144th overall), while Adams was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the sixth round (162nd overall).

Foo (Age 18 | 6-1 | 170 lbs | Shoots: L), who is the brother of former Dutchman Spencer, played for the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in 2016-17, finishing fourth in the league with 34 goals and 12th with 67 points. He added 20 points in the playoffs, ranking second in goals (10) and tied for seventh in assists (10), helping the Bandits to the AJHL championship. Foo racked up 94 points (42G-52A) in 110 career games in the AJHL.

Adams (Age 20 | 6-5 | 204 lbs | Shoots: R) spent last season with the Fargo Force of the USHL, leading the league with 37 goals and finishing tied for fifth with 60 points in 56 games. Adams, who produced 24 points (8G-16A) with Fargo in 2015-16, was named to the 2016-17 USHL Second All-Star Team and earned a spot in the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game. Prior to joining the Force, Adams played three years of varsity hockey at Malden Catholic, the same high school attended by Union hockey’s all-time scoring leader history, Mike Vecchione.

Foo and Adams become the fifth and sixth Dutchmen drafted in the past six years, joining Jake Kupsky (2015, San Jose), Jeff Taylor (2014, Pittsburgh), Shayne Gostisbehere (2012, Philadelphia) and Tim Boyle (2012, Ottawa) as recent selections.  A total of 15 Union players have been selected all-time in the NHL Draft.

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