[Joe] Basaraba’s hockey journey is different then most Canadian players that thrive in the Canadian junior leagues. After being drafted in the second round (22nd overall) by the Erie Otters in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, the 16-year-old was not ready to be that far away from home. Instead, Basaraba was given an opportunity to play under Tom Ward at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Ironically, Basaraba never returned to Canada to play hockey, choosing to stay in the state of Minnesota when he committed to UMD.
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