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Penn State Hockey’s Cole Hults Selected by Los Angeles Kings

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The incoming freshman becomes the second Nittany Lion selected at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

It has been a good day for Penn State at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. After Evan Barratt was selected in the 3rd round by the Chicago Blackhawks, a fellow incoming freshman went off the board to a recent Stanley Cup champion. Now that Penn State has a player that has been drafted by the LA Kings, it is fair to say that the team has a Lion King on its roster. Not too shabby.

Like Barratt, Hults will join the Nittany Lions for the 2017-18 season and may play out the duration of his four years of eligibility.

Hults will help fill the void left by Vince Pedrie, who forwent his final two years of eligibility to sign with the New York Rangers.

The second Nittany Lion drafted today, Hults is the eighth Nittany Lion in program history to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft, joining fellow defensemen Mike Williamson (2013) and Patrick Koudys (2011).