Local hockey fans will have a couple of reasons to cheer for the newest team in the NHL.
The Seattle Kraken held their expansion draft on Wednesday, and selected two defencemen from Carlyle who played hockey extensively in the southeast region. Haydn Fleury, a 25-year-old defenceman, was plucked by the Kraken from the Anaheim Ducks, and his younger brother, Cale, was selected from the Montreal Canadiens.
The Kraken picked one player from each of the teams in the NHL, with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Haydn Fleury was selected in the first round, seventh overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He won a Calder Cup with the ‘Canes American Hockey League affiliate in 2019, and has played 179 NHL games over five seasons.
He was dealt to Anaheim at the 2021 NHL trade deadline.
Cale Fleury, 22, was selected in the third round, 87th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2017 NHL Draft. He appeared in 41 NHL games in the 2019-20 NHL season, and in his first NHL game, his Canadiens team faced his brother and the Hurricanes.