WATERLOO, Iowa --- For all his life, Rhodes Dolan has dreamed of playing for the Waterloo Black Hawks.
That dream came a little closer to reality for the Waterloo West junior Tuesday.
The Black Hawks selected Dolan, the son of former Black Hawk Scott Dolan, in the second phase of the United States Hockey League’s Entry Draft.
Dolan, a defenseman, was one of 14 players Waterloo selected during the draft and it marks the second consecutive year the Black Hawks have selected a Waterloo native.
The Black Hawks took goalie Cal Petersen a year ago and Petersen started in net for five games this season with Waterloo and figures to be one of two goalies Waterloo carries on the team next year.
“It is great,” said Dolan who was traveling to Green Bay for Game Five of the Clark Cup finals with the Black Hawks when he was informed that he had been drafted. “It is a dream come true. My whole life it is what I wanted to be to become a Black Hawk. Having that chance is really great.”
The 6-foot-4, 178-pound Dolan had eight goals and 25 assists while helping the Waterloo Warriors to the Midwest High School Hockey League championship this season. A year ago, as a sophomore he had 10 goals and 17 assists.
“I think it is exciting,” Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley said of the pick. “He practiced with us all year and I think he’s earned this opportunity to stay in the fold. We’re pretty excited.”
With its first pick of the draft, Waterloo took Boston College committ Chris Calnan of Norwell, Mass. Calnan, a 6-1, 190-pound right winger had 22 goals and 23 assists for Noble and Greenough Prep this season.
“We were sitting in the 10 spot and when he dropped all the way their we were excited,” O’Handley said. “He’s got good size and is a good skater. I think he will go in the NHL Draft in June. We’ve been talking to him and he’s excited. I think he will compliment a pretty good group of forwards who are coming back.”
Of the 14 picks, six of them were defensemen including Eric Schurhamer of St. Paul, Minn. and Mark Friedman of Toronto, Ontario.
“I think those picks highlighted our draft,” O’Handley said.
Friedman is committed to Bowling Green University.
One other name that jumps out of the lists of draft picks is forward Jack Ramsey of Minnetonka, Minn., the son of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mike Ramsey.
“Anytime you can get a coaches’ kid is a plus,” O’Handley said. “The kid is a really good hockey player with great size. I’m excited about the possibility of having him on our roster next year.”