Fort Wayne player picked in 3rd round of NHL draft - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Fort Wayne player picked in 3rd round of NHL draft

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -

A Fort Wayne teenager has been drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Eighteen-year-old Blake Siebenaler was picked in the third round.

The Journal Gazette reports that Siebenaler is the first player from Fort Wayne to be drafted by an NHL team since 1995, when Dale Purinton went to the New York Rangers in the fifth round.

Siebenaler was born in Ohio and lived there until he was in third grade, when his family moved to Fort Wayne.

The defenseman has played with the U.S. Hockey League's Indiana Ice and the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs, for whom he scored seven goals and 34 points in 75 games in the last regular season and playoffs.

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