(WQOW) - Sam Stange was on the ice with his teammates Wednesday when Tony Granato approached him with a cell phone.
"He handed me the phone and it was the Red Wings. It was a pretty cool moment to share with the team," Stange said.
The Badgers freshman, and Eau Claire native, had just been drafted by Detroit in the fourth round of the NHL Draft. Stange was the 97th overall pick.
"It's really cool to be picked by an original six team," Stange said. "A team with the history like that is pretty cool. You know that the fans are going to be awesome there. It definitely doesn't hurt also that I'll be staying in red and white."
Stange, the 2019 Wisconsin high school player of the year in both baseball and hockey, had to wait a few extra months to hear his name called due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draft was originally scheduled for June.
Stange said patience was the key word to describe the process.
Stange will travel to Michigan this weekend for USA Hockey's 2021 National Junior Team Evaluation Camp, which will help determine the roster for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship later this year.