Monday, June 27, 2011
Milton Academy's O'Gara taken by Bruins
By Scott Barboza
Milton Academy junior Rob O'Gara didn't have to wander far to find his NHL team as the Stanley Cup champion Bruins selected him 151st overall in the fifth round of the NHL Entry Draft.
The Massapequa, N.Y. native was at home, watching the draft unfurl via the computer. He received a message from his advisor saying, "Great pick."
Then, there was confusion.
"My dad was like, 'Wait a minute, what's going on?'" O'Gara said. "Because we hadn't refreshed the computer screen yet and we saw that I was picked by the Bruins.
"And I can't describe how happy I was."
A few minutes later, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound blue-liner received a phone call from Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney confirming the pick.
O'Gare scored two goals with seven assists for nine points in 30 games in his junior season with the New England champion Milton Academy squad. He said he plans to stay on with Milton Academy for another year before matriculating to Yale.
The only thing that will have to change is his rooting interest.
"I've been an Islanders fan since I was born, mostly as a result of my dad," O'Gara confessed. "I've been watching games since I was five probably and I've loved [hockey] ever since."