WMU News

Two Broncos are likely picks in NHL draft

June 22, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The 2001 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft may very well have a Bronco theme this weekend (June 23-24) in Sunrise, Fla.

A pair of WMU sophomores, defenseman Mike Jarmuth (Monkton, Ont.) and right wing Jeff Campbell (Hensall, Ont.) are middle round projections according to NHL Central Scouting, which provides evaluation services to NHL clubs. In the final Central Scouting report of North American talent, Jarmuth was rated as a third round draft pick and Campbell as a fifth round selection.

"I think both have a realistic opportunity to get drafted in the mid-to-late rounds," said WMU Head Coach Jim Culhane. "They seem to be on the radar screen judging by the number of calls we've received from NHL clubs requesting information. It's every boy's dream to get drafted and college hockey has become part of the process.

Should Jarmuth or Campbell be selected this weekend, both would likely stay on with the Broncos since draft rights are protected for two years.

Jarmuth was the seventh-leading scoring defenseman in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association last year, earning honorable mention on the CCHA All-Rookie team. The 5-11, 181-pound blueliner compiled 21 points (3-18) in 33 games, finishing fifth in WMU scoring.

Campbell led NCAA freshmen in scoring, averaging 1.43 points per game. He finished second nationally in power play goals (14), fifth in goals (0.780 gpg) and 14th in points (1.43 ppg). His 26 goals were the fourth-most ever by a WMU freshman. The 5-9, 170-pound forward totaled 53 points (26-27) in 37 games and set a school record with goals in nine straight games.

The 38th NHL Entry Draft is being held at the National Car Rental Center home of the Florida Panthers. Rounds 1 through 3 take place Saturday and rounds 4 through 9 on Sunday. ESPN2 will carry the draft live with complete results posted on NHL.com.

For more information, visit the Broncos on the Web at <www.wmubroncos.com>.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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