Scott Laughton Talks DraftJul 01, 2012 - 11:24 EDT
Scott Stewart - North Oakville Today
Scott Laughton sat in the stands at the Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last Friday evening, waiting to hear his name called by one of the 30 general managers in the National Hockey League.
The consensus amongst the hockey experts was that Laughton, a North Oakville native who has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals, would be selected in the middle-to-late first round of the seven round entry draft.
That all changed when arguably the most hated man in the building strode to the stage.
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, the man who crafted the team that ousted the hometown Penguins in round one of the recent playoffs, was booed lustily by the 10,000 diehard Penguins fans in attendance.
As Holmgren approached the microphone, the boos intensified. The former Flyer added fuel to the fire when he deadpanned, “well, I was going to thank you for your hospitality” and then announced that the Flyers were proud to select Laughton.
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