The Big Apple could become a battleground for a couple of Calgary Hitmen players in the future.
Slick-skating defenceman Dustin Kohn and power forward Brodie (Moose) Dupont were both drafted by New York teams yesterday.
Kohn, who hails from Edmonton, was the New York Islanders' second round pick (46th overall), while the Moose is Broadway bound after the Rangers picked him in Round 3, 66th overall.
Kohn, who talked to Dupont shortly after they were drafted, said the prospects of going against his current teammate in a few years is exciting.
"In the future, that'd be the ideal situation. He called me up and let me know he got drafted across town, so it was great to see him go to the Rangers," said Kohn, 18, who put up eight goals and 35 assists last season and had several meetings with Islanders brass before the draft.
For Dupont, the bright lights of the big city are a long, long way from his tiny hometown of St. Lazare, Man., with a population of about 250.
But the rugged winger said he's looking forward to getting a chance to play in the Big Apple.
"It's a pretty good city to be going to," said Dupont, 18, adding the Rangers showed a fair bit of interest in him.
"It's a bit of a jump from Calgary but it'll be cool going there and I'm looking forward to it already."
Yesterday, the whole Dupont family gathered to follow the draft, watching the first round on TV.
Then Dupont had to hoof it over to a buddy's house to catch the next round on the NHL Network.
"We were watching and we kind of saw my name but we weren't sure, so we checked it again on the Internet and sure enough.
"But it's a big relief though."
Unfortunately for their Hitmen teammate Riley Merkley, there was no phone call from an NHL club. Merkley, who was ranked 81st among North American skaters, was not drafted yesterday and was understandably disappointed.
"It was a little bit of a surprise but oh well," said the Blackie native, who had 27 points in 71 games last season. "It just makes you want to keep going and hopefully get lots of invites to camps and something good will happen. So I'll just keep going from here I guess."