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Former Wausau West hockey star Parsells discusses being drafted by NHL's Sharks

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- One local standout is getting his shot at professional hockey.

Former Wausau West hockey standout Adam Parsells was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the sixth round of the NHL Draft on Saturday.

Parsells did not have much contact with the Sharks before the draft, and said he was surprised to be picked by San Jose. Still, this didn't take away from the thrill of seeing his dream of playing professional hockey take the next step.

"It was San Jose's pick, and I heard them say Wausau and my mom immediately started crying," he said. "I thought, 'Wow, this is kind of surreal.' My heart was just pounding.

"It was such a cool experience, he continued. "I couldn't be more proud of what I've done for myself, and I really appreciate the city backing me."

However, the ultimate goal is still in the distance. Unlike players in leagues like the NBA and NFL, Parsells won't immediately get his chance in the NHL.

He'll first head east to play for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL), before enrolling at UW-Madison on a full scholarship to play hockey in the fall of 2016.

"This summer is going to be huge for me," the recent Wausau West graduate said. "I'll be working out every day, improving my skills."

Parsells said his timeline depends on his development, but it will be "two, three, or maybe four years" in Madison before he moves on to sign a professional contract.

Stay tuned to Newsline 9 for more stories on Parsells coming up throughout the week.

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