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UConn Leads The Country In First Rounders

June 24, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut men’s hockey forward Tage Thompson (Orange, Conn.) was selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday night by the St. Louis Blues as the 26th overall pick.

Thompson becomes the 15th UConn student-athlete to be selected in the first round of a professional sports draft since 2014 in the NBA, NFL, WNBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, MLS and Canadian Football League.

The 15 combined selections in these seven leagues is the most combined of any school in the country. Louisville is second with 11, Duke has 10 and Kentucky and Notre Dame have nine each.

UConn is the only school in the country since 2014 to have a first round pick in each of the traditional “Big Four Sports” – NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

Here is a summary of UConn’s first-rounders since 2014.


NBA-Shabazz Napier (24th overall pick to Charlotte)
WNBA-Stefanie Dolson (6th overall pick to Washington); Bria Hartley (7th overall pick to Seattle) MLS-Andre Blake (1st to Philadelphia)


Byron Jones (27th overall pick to Dallas)
WNBA-Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (3rd overall pick to Seattle); Kiah Stokes (11th overall pick to New York)
MLS-Cyle Larin (1st overall pick to Orlando); Sergio Campbell (19th to Columbus)
CFL-Alex Mateas (1st overall pick to Ottawa)


WNBA-Breanna Stewart (1st overall pick to Seattle); Moriah Jefferson (2nd overall pick to San Antonio); Morgan Tuck (3rd overall pick to Connecticut)
MLB-Anthony Kay (31st overall pick to New York Mets)
NHL-Tage Thompson (26th overall pick to St. Louis)