Willman, Bird Selected in 2014 NHL Draft
PHILADELPHIA – Freshmen forwards Max Willman (Barnstable, Mass.) and Tyler Bird (Andover, Mass.) of the Brown men's hockey team were both selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday. Willman was selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the first pick of the fifth round and No. 121 overall, while Bird was tabbed later in the round at No. 137 by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Willman is coming off a postgraduate year at Williston Northampton, where he led the team in scoring with 44 points and 21 goals in 25 contests. He was named to the 2013-14 Prep All-New England Team following his season at Williston. Prior to Williston, Willman paced Barnstable High School in scoring as a junior and senior, and was also named MVP of the MSCHA Shriners All-Star game.
Bird transferred to Kimball Union Academy for his senior season in 2013-14 and put together an impressive campaign. He logged 60 points in 37 games for the Wildcats, helping the team to the Piatelli/Simmons prep championship. Bird ranked second in New England prep hockey with 33 goals. A former St. John's Prep standout, Bird recorded 27 points (12g, 15a) for the Eagles as a junior and 18 points (8g, 10a) as a sophomore.
Brown had multiple players selected in the same draft for the first time since Brian Ihnacak '07 and Paul Baier '08 were drafted in 2004. This also marks Brown's first draftees since Dennis Robertson '14 was selected in 2011.