The kid that grew up on Bavaria Hills Circle in Chaska is the newest member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bobby Brink, a month or so removed from his 18th birthday, was selected No. 34 in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft on June 22 in Vancouver.
Brink, with a middle name of Orr, was a state champion at Minnetonka High School in 2018 with the Skippers, spending last season with the Sioux City Muskateers of the United States Hockey League.
"The body starts shaking. To know it's all done with, and all the preparation for the draft is over with, and you can finally start with the organization, is an unreal feeling," Brink said in a press conference the day he was drafted.
Slated to be a late first-round pick, Brink did not hear his name called among the 31 selections June 21. Disappointment turned to elation when the Flyers, led by General Manager Chuck Fletcher, the former Minnesota Wild lead boss, traded up to select Brink.
Fletcher, of course, familiar with Brink, having lived in the Chaska area while in Minnesota. His son, Keith, played for the Hawks, graduating in 2019.
"Obviously it was a disappointment not getting picked yesterday, but going to the Flyers today, I'm just so happy. Yesterday's gone, I'm happy now," Brink said. "It feels good that they wanted me, traded up to get me. To know I was high on their list, were willing to trade more to get me, it was cool."
Following a 21-goal, 35-assist sophomore season at Minnetonka, in which he scored five goals in three state tournament wins, Brink bypassed his junior high school, electing to play in the USHL.
His 68-point season in 43 games with Sioux City -- Brink missed a month with an ankle injury and a week with Team USA, earning gold at the World Junior A Challenge -- earned him the USHL Forward of the Year award.
"It's a great accomplishment for Bobby to win the Forward of the Year award," Sioux City Head Coach Luke Strand said. "He has set a standard for himself and those around him to improve daily at their game, their routine and their execution. This is a very earned award by Bobby and his teammates, and we are proud to be a part of his development ladder."
Through small in stature, just 5'8" and roughly 160 pounds, Brink's creativity with the puck and ability to score, moved him up the Central Scout Rankings this past season.
"I think moving away from home, playing against older and better competition, I think I matured as a player and as a person," Brink said.
"I think I'm an offensive forward with high hockey IQ, good puck skills and shooting ability that scores a lot. You know you got to keep improving, getting better if you want to make it to the next level," he added.
Brink announced he plans to accelerate and attend Denver University this upcoming season.
TWO HAWKS IN THE FIFTH ROUND
Rhett Pitlick, coming off a 30-goal, 64-point junior season at Chaska High School, was selected at No. 131 by the Montreal Canadians.
Fifteen selections later, Hawks teammate Mike Koster, who totaled 69 goals and 189 points in four varsity seasons with Chaska, was picked at No. 146 by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Koster, a member of the U.S. Team that won gold at the Five Nations Cup in 2017 and won the Reed Larson Defenseman of the Year award in March, called the draft moment a "dream come true," on Twitter.
Both Koster and Pitlick are commitments to the University of Minnesota.
Koster, who confirmed he is returning to the USHL to play for the Tri-City Storm, was en route to Toronto Sunday and was unavailable for comment.
Pitlick was also headed for Canada to participate in its annual development camp June 26-28. Pitlick is currently on the roster of the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.