NEWARK, N.J. – Miami University incoming freshman Anthony Louis was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday in the sixth round of the 2013 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, held at the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils.
Louis (Winfield, Ill.) was taken by his hometown team with the 181st overall pick, which was the 30th and final pick of the sixth round. The Blackhawks are coming off winning the Stanley Cup in June for the second time in four years.
With Louis being drafted, the RedHawks have now had at least one player taken in the NHL Entry Draft each of the last 13 years, while he is the 25th player to be drafted under head coach Enrico Blasi. Miami will have five NHL draft picks on its 2013-14 roster, as rising juniors Jimmy Mullin and Blake Coleman are prospects of the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils, respectively, while rising sophomores Riley Barber and Sean Kuraly are draft picks of the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks, respectively.
Prior to heading to Miami, Louis helped the U.S. win the 2012 U-18 Four Nations Tournament title in Ann Arbor, Mich. last November. In the Four Nations Tournament, the shifty forward tallied three goals and added two assists for five points. Last season with the U.S. National U-18 Team, Louis played 62 games totaling 22 goals, 29 assists, and 51 points. He also helped lead Team USA to a silver medal at the 2013 U-18 World Championships in April.
From 2009-11, Louis suited up for Team Illinois AAA, notching 60 goals and 44 assists for 104 points in 66 combined games over two seasons. On the U.S. U-17 Team in 2011, he was the team’s leading goal scorer with 27 while compiling 41 points in 49 games. Louis was also selected to the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game last September.
Louis is the 57th player in program history to be drafted in the NHL and the third to be chosen by the Blackhawks. Tom White (‘97) was selected by Chicago in 1993 and Nathan Davis (’08) was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005.
Louis will make his RedHawk debut Oct. 5 when Miami hosts Windsor in an exhibition game before opening the regular season at Ohio State Oct. 11 and hosting OSU Oct. 12. Miami then kicks off its new conference, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, with the first ever NCHC game on Oct. 18 against North Dakota at Steve Cady Arena.
The NCHC is an eight-team hockey-only league consisting of Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan, along with Miami. The conference boasts a combined 17 NCAA Championships, 50 Frozen Four berths, 12 Hobey Baker Award winners, including SCSU’s Drew LeBlanc this past year, and 266 All-Americans. The teams have also produced 295 players that went on to play in the NHL. The new league will reward fans every weekend with fast, exciting, action-packed hockey that pits several of the top teams in the country against each other. The NCHC also has agreed to a television deal with CBS Sports Network, assuring at least 18 league games will be broadcast to a national audience this coming season.