The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 1, 2013

Islanders draft MSU goaltender Williams


The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Minnesota State men’s hockey goaltender Stephon Williams was selected by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of Sunday’s National Hockey League draft.

Williams, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s rookie of the year last season, was taken with the 106th overall pick. He was the 10th goaltender drafted.

Shortly after being picked, the sophomore-to-be tweeted: “Truly an honor to be drafted by the Islanders! Wanna thank everyone for all the support. It is a dream come true #nhldraft”

Williams finished his freshman season at MSU with a 21-12-2 record, a .923 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average in 35 games. Besides being named the WCHA’s top rookie, he was named first-team All-WCHA.

Williams will be one of four draft picks on next season’s MSU roster, joining junior Max Gaede (San Jose, third round, 2010), sophomore Teddy Blueger (Pittsburgh, second round, 2012) and freshman Zach Stepan (Nashville, fourth round, 2012).

— Shane Frederick