If one needed any convincing of hockey’s growing appeal in Southern California, they need only look at the recent success stories beginning to pour in.
Huntington Beach native Sasha Chmelevski is the latest to make good on his local training. The former Anaheim Wildcat was taken by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round (185th overall) in the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.
“The draft day was really exciting,” Chmelevski said. “It was obviously nerve-wracking when you’re sitting there, but I’m glad that my family was there to support me. I heard my name get called by the Sharks, and it was a great feeling to hug my mom, my dad, and my brothers.”