NEWARK, N.J. -- Steve Santini, who was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and raised in Mahopac, grew up a New York Rangers fan but will no longer be cheering for his favorite childhood team.
"That changed 20 minutes ago," Santini said in the moments after he was announced as the New Jersey Devils' second-round pick, 42nd overall.
The 18-year-old defenseman, who played for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., said he is aware of how passionate New Yorkers are about their hockey and is thrilled to get the opportunity to play in the area.
"New York sports fans are the best. I know that," Santini said. "I'm very excited to hopefully have the opportunity to play in New Jersey."
Describing his game, Santini said, "I'm not a big point-getter, but I am a good shut-down guy."