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Blackhawks draft Jeremy Roenick's nephew, Chris Calnan

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PITTSBURGH -- Chris Calnan knew a lot about the Blackhawks and Chicago. His uncle -- former Hawks star Jeremy Roenick -- was able to fill him.

So when Calnan, a 6-2, 190-pound wing headed to Boston College in 2013, was selected by the Hawks in the third-round he was "pumped" to be joining the organization for which his uncle once starred.

"It's crazy. It's a little cliche, but it's a dream come true," said Calnan, who was taken out of Noble & Greenough High School in Massachusetts. "I've had a lot of interactions with Chicago and I thought they would definitely be one of the teams that would probably pick me."

Before joining Boston College, Calnan said he'll choose between playing for the Eastern Junior Hockey League's South Shore Kings or the Waterloo Blackhawks of the U.S. Hockey League.

Calnan described himself as a "power forward."

"I'll drive the net," he said. "My skating is definitely a positive and that helps. But I'm just a gritty forward who likes to go into dirty areas, drives the net, drives wide, with a quick release and a nice shot."

Calnan talked to Roenick on Friday about the draft process and the Hawks.

"[Chicago is] a great city. He's told me all about it," Calnan said. "We're not blood-rated, but he's my mom's sister's husband. We keep in touch. He's a great inspiration for me. It's pretty crazy since he played in Chicago.

"Just watching him over the years, he's a talker and I enjoy what he does. It's pretty cool."

Calnan is close with Hawks center prospect Kevin Hayes, who is at Boston College. As far his choice to commit to Boston College, Calnan said, "It's just the program in general. It just seemed like the right fit for me."

Calnan always was projected as a mid-round pick. He was the No. 69-ranked skater in North America, according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Blackhawks picks

No. 18 LW Teuvo Teravainen, Jokerit (Finland)

No. 48 D Dillon Fournier, Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)

No. 79 RW Chris Calnan, Noble & Greenough High School (Massachusetts)

No. 109 traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the 191st overall selection and a fourth-round selection in the 2013.

No. 139 LW Garret Ross, Saginaw (Ontario Hockey League)

No. 149 D Travis Brown, Moose Jaw (Western Hockey League)

No. 169 C Vincent Hinostroza, Waterlook (U.S. Hockey League)

No. 191 G Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville (QMJHL)

No. 199 G Matt Tomkins, Sherwood Park (Atlantic Junior Hockey League)

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