Leafs prospect couldn't find his pants
ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
ST. PAUL, MINN. - It was supposed to be a dream come true and instead it was slipping into a nightmare for the young Minnesota high schooler.
Out for his Saturday-morning run in a Twin Cities suburb, Tony Cameranesi returned home to find out he had been selected 130th overall by the Maple Leafs and was about to make the mad dash to the Xcel Energy Center to meet his new employers.
“I had to change really quickly and for some reason, I couldn’t find my dress pants,” Cameranesi said before speeding to the rink in the 25 or so minutes it takes from his home. “It took a little longer than usual.”
Despite growing up here, where he was a star forward for Wayzata High School, he decided not to sit in the stands to wait it out.
“I thought about it but I thought for me it would be best to stay at home and see what happens,” Cameranesi said.
“But to hear your name in your home state is surreal.”
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound centre will obviously have to grow at some point but he’ll get the chance to do so during his pending college career at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Cameranesi was one of a pair of Minnesota high school players selected by the Leafs joining Max Everson, a smooth-skating defenceman who is headed to Harvard to play NCAA hockey in the fall. Everson is from Edina, Minn., the same hometown as Leafs general manager Brian Burke.