Sam Kurker: CHP Exclusive Profile
by Bob Miller/CHP Managing Editor
Sam Kurker is going to make it two years running in the NHL Draft for St. John’s Prep.
The 6-2, 200 pound right wing is a cinch to follow Colin Blackwell’s lead by being drafted in this coming June’s 2012 NHL Draft selection in Pittsburgh. Blackwell, also out of St. John’s, was the 7th round choice of the San Jose Sharks in the 2011 draft process last summer.
Kurker’s skill set undoubtedly will garner an even higher choice this summer.
A strong skater with a good shot, Kurker has the physical game to affect play in all three zones as a power forward.
“I am confident that Sam’s style of play will translate well to the pro game,” said St. John’s head coach Kristian Hanson. “Sam has the frame and ability to be an effective power forward at that level. It is exciting for Sam and and St. John’s Prep, that we may be looking at the second player in two years to be drafted out of our program. Sam knows there is much work to still be done, but he is up to the task.”
Kurker appreciates the opportunity St. John’s has given him to display his talents.
“St. John’s has provided me with both a great education and great athletics,” Kurker offered. “St. John’s has formed me as a person and I could not be more satisfied with my time there.
“I feel like my strengths are my shot, speed, and size and I am trying to improve on my release as well as finishing all of the opportunities I get.”
Through this seasons first 10 games, Kurker has done just that, popping 15 goals and chipping in 11 assists for 26 points.
Kurker will be placing the further development of those talents in the hands of Boston University head coach Jack Parker as part of a very strong ’13 Terrier freshman class, slated to include other strong pro prospects like Robert Baillargeon, Daniel O’Regan, Kevin Duane and Doyle Somerby.
“It came down to three schools – Boston University, Northeastern University, and Providence College,” Kurker said of his college decision. “Once BU became an option I knew that is where I wanted to be. I really like the coaches and the rich tradition. When I visited I feel in love with the campus and I knew it was where I wanted to be. I am really excited. I know most of the guys and I think its going to be a fun, successful four years. It is good to see a lot of local guys heading to BU.”
With June’s NHL draft looming in his immediate future, Kurker is able to both look back at his hockey roots and look forward to his hockey future, both at Boston University and beyond.
“My father is who first introduced me to hockey and I fell in love right away,” said Kurker thankfully. “He has always pushed me hard, I would not be where I am right now without him. It is a really exciting time with everything going on, but it is still far enough off so I can not let it get to me. I know that I just need to keep working and trying my hardest every night.”