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NHL draft: West Salem's Jack Gorniak selected in fourth round

NHL draft: West Salem's Jack Gorniak selected in fourth round

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West Salem's Jack Gorniak

West Salem's Jack Gorniak, right, was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

DALLAS — The Montreal Canadiens made West Salem High School graduate Jack Gorniak their fourth-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.

Gorniak, a University of Wisconsin recruit, led West Salem/Bangor to the WIAA state tournament as a senior and impressed NHL personnel with his performances at scouting combines after the season and with Team Wisconsin in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League.

Gorniak, a forward, was selected 123rd overall and had 30 goals and 33 assists for the Panthers (20-8), who had their season ended with a 6-2 loss to Eau Claire Memorial in the state quarterfinals.

He had 107 goals and 146 assists during his high school career and had 18 goals and 20 assists during 24 games with Team Wisconsin this past season.

Gorniak's selection gave the Badgers four draftees for the third straight year.

K'Andre Miller was picked by the New York rangers 22nd overall during Friday's first round, and Ty Emberson, and Sampo Ranta joined Gorniak as mid-round picks on Saturday.

Emberson, a defenseman from Eau Claire, Wis., went to the Arizona Coyotes at No. 73 (third round). Ranta, a forward from Finland, went 78th (third round) to the Colorado Avalanche.

Gorniak, also a USA Hockey first-team selection after his senior season, is the 12th Badger drafted by the Canadiens.

He had 107 goals and 146 assists during his high school career and had 18 goals and 20 assists during 24 games with Team Wisconsin this past season.

Gorniak was a three-time all-state player and chosen as the state's player of the year by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association as a senior.

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