A Kamloops Blazer finally heard their name called at the 2019 NHL Draft, when defenceman Quinn Schmiemann was selected with the 182nd overall pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The sixth-round selection is the highest a Blazers player has been taken in the NHL Draft since Garrett Pilon and Connor Ingram went back-to-back in the third round of the 2016 Draft
The Wilcox, Sask. native was the fifth player taken by the Lightning this draft, joining a class that includes first-round pick from the Kelowna Rockets, Nolan Foote.
Schmiemann had five goals and 23 points in 58 games last year, his first full season with Kamloops. He split the team's Rookie of the Year award with forward Josh Pillar.
The Blazers defenceman joins perhaps the most loaded organization in pro hockey. Tampa Bay tied an NHL record for the most wins in the regular season last year, but were promptly swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.
While it took a while to hear a Blazer called out, the city heard its name mentioned in the third round, after Kamloops native John Ludvig was selected by the Florida Panthers.
It was an especially nice selection, as the defenceman went 69th overall.
Ludvig, a former member of the Kamloops Storm, has spent the last two seasons with the Portland Winterhawks. Last year, he had five goals and 18 points in 58 games.
Blazers forward Martin Lang was also a possibility to be selected this weekend but was passed over. Lang had 11 goals and notched 33 points in his first WHL season this past year.