With the 150th pick in the 2019 National Hockey League Draft, the Calgary Flames selected Oak Park native Josh Nodler.
Oak Park native Josh Nodler has been playing ice hockey since he was 5 years old. After 13 years of hard work and dedication, he finally achieved his goal of being drafted by a National Hockey League (NHL) team.
On June 22, Nodler was drafted by the Calgary Flames with the 150th pick overall.
But before he makes his way to the NHL, Nodler will be heading to Michigan State University this fall.
“I’m super excited to start this fall,” Nodler says. “I chose to continue both my hockey and academic career at MSU because their coaching is first class, they have great facilities, it’s an overall great campus and of course, it’s close to home.”
Nodler credits a majority of his success on the ice to his dad.
“My dad has taught me everything I know about hockey,” Nodler says. “He has always been at every game or practice — he would critique me after my games to help me improve my game. He’s done it all.”
On the night of the NHL Draft, Nodler had most of his family at his house waiting for the big news.
“I got a call and immediately went outside,” Nodler says. “It was Calgary telling me that they decided to draft me. I was at a loss for words — a rush of joy and happiness just consumed me.”
In the 2018-2019 season, Nodler played for the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force where he earned 42 points throughout 54 games. Nodler also played for the U.S. Juniors hockey team in 2017 and received a gold medal.
Nodler credits his love for the game and the dream of making it to the NHL as two of the biggest motivators in his life.
“I always work hard and try to get better every day,” Nodler says. “You have to realize it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If you stick with the process and trust your ability, you can accomplish your goals.”