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Flyers select D-Nick Luukko with the 179th pick in the 2010 NHL draft

With the 179th selection (sixth round) in the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Flyers select defenseman Nick Luukko out of The Gunnery.

Luukko, son of Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko, is a native of West Chester, Pa. and spent his freshman year of high school playing in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League for AAA team, Malvern Prep.

Despite the belief that Nick was drafted strictly due to his father holding water with the organization, it’s not exactly true.  At 6-foot-2, 180 lbs., he has the size and skill to become a professional but needs to fill out to become effective at the higher levels.  Add on the fact that the Flyers organization has had their eye on Nick growing up, as well as when he would work out with the Flyers during the offseason, and the choice was more familiar than anything.

“Nick possesses poise well beyond his years,” said Gunnery coach Craig Badger. “He never panics and most always makes the right decision.  This approach will allow him to find success at every level.”

Armed with a coveted right-handed shot, Luukko led the Gunnery blue line in points with 15.

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