DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS) – On Day two of the National Hockey League Draft, the Detroit Red Wings used their third-round pick to select Jackson native Carter Mazur, 19, 70th overall.
“Honestly, it was unbelievable,” Mazur said. “We were sitting in a Bar and Grill place watching it on the TV, and I look up and saw my name. I look over and my mom’s crying, my dad’s also crying, my grandpa’s there crying. So, it was just unbelievable to get drafted by the hometown team, especially when growing up playing for LCA, playing at Little Caesars Arena, it’s just unbelievable.”
Mazur is a left-wing and recorded 20 goals and 24 assists last season while playing for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. He grew up a Red Wings fan and even had the chance to play for a former Wing.
Kris Draper, former center for the Red Wings and the team’s current director of amateur scouting, coached Mazur in the Little Caesars hockey program.
“It’s honestly crazy that it comes full circle,” Mazur said in a Zoom press conference after being drafted by Detroit. “It’s just crazy that it was my coach, and now he’s the one drafting me. So, it’s just surreal. I can’t really put it into words, it’s just awesome to be a part of what he’s trying to build at Detroit.”
Mazur was committed to Michigan State at one point but flipped his commitment to the University of Denver, in January of 2021. He wasn’t the only one committed to U of D that was drafted by Detroit. In the second round, the Red Wings selected Shai Buium, who’s Mazur’s roommate.
“He’s coming in with my freshman class and he’s actually my roommate for this summer. So, I got to know him really well. It’s just a special moment that we both got drafted by this organization.”