DUBUQUE, IA--The 6th Round of drafts have been kind to big defenseman Patrick Holway in the last two months. Selected by the Fighting Saints in the 6th Round of Phase 2 of the USHL Draft in May, Holway is slated to be patrolling the blue line for Dubuque this season. Holway's fortunes got even better when his name was called in the 6th Round of the NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings on June 27.
Holway skated last year with the Boston Advantage and stands at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. The big defenseman had an impressive Main Camp for the Fighting Saints in June with Team Orange. Holway earned a spot in the team's Camp All-Star Game.
Holway was selected 170th overall. Many current, former, and future USHL players were chosen in the NHL Draft in another record-setting year for the league. With 37 players selected who spent time in the USHL during the 2014-15 season, the League has broken its own record for most skaters drafted for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, nine USHL alumni were drafted including 2nd overall selection Jack Eichel. First round selections included Kyle Connor, Colin White, Brock Boeser and Jack Roslovic. Unofficial NHL Draft count of players who skated in at least one game for a league is as follows: (37) USHL; (37) WHL; (33) OHL; (31) QMJHL.
More coverage of the USHL Draft and the impact of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Dubuque will be posted in the coming days.