VANCOUVER - Jackson LaCombe ‘19 and six other former Sabres were a handful of young men to take one step closer to the NHL this past weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft, marking the biggest draft class Shattuck-St. Mary’s hockey has had.
LaCombe, a recent SSM graduate and Eden Prairie, Minn. native, was selected as the 39th pick by the Anaheim Ducks. With his selection, LaCombe became the 10th Minnesotan that attended SSM to be selected in the NHL draft - the first since John Draeger ‘12 and Zach Stepan ‘12 in the 2012 draft. In his four years at SSM, LaCombe totaled 52 goals and 166 assists, with 22 goals and 67 assists coming in his senior season alone.
“The growth in Jackson’s game over his four seasons at SSM is one of our program’s greatest success stories and a true testament to his work ethic and character,” said Ben Umhoefer, Director of Boys Hockey.
In addition, Cam York (14th selection), Drew Helleson (47th selection), Robert Mastrosimone (54th selection), John Farinacci (76th selection), Braden Doyle (157th selection), and Mckade Webster (213th selection) rounded out the former Sabres that heard their name called in the draft. All but Farinacci and Webster were members of the 2015-16 Boys Bantam team that went on to win the national championship that year.
“We are extremely proud of the seven Sabres selected in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. We have fond memories of their time at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and are thrilled to see their hard work be recognized,” stated Umhoefer.