SUNRISE, Fla. (WANE) – Wolcottville’s Karch Bachman saw his lifelong dream of playing in the NHL become a reality on Saturday. The Florida Panthers, who were this year’s NHL draft hosts, selected the 18 year old in the fifth round with the 132nd overall pick.
Bachman and his family were in Florida to hear the exciting news in person.
There is a Fort Wayne connection with Florida. Head Coach Gerard Gallant was an assistant coach for the Komets during the 1998-1999 season. Bachman credits much of his success to the mentorship of former Komets star, Collin Chaulk
Ranked as a top 100 prospect going into the draft, Bachman saw his stock soar after the NHL Draft Combine earlier in June. He finished in the top five for several of the agility tests including mean and peak power output. At 5’10, he is small, but his explosiveness and speed make him standout from the pack.
Bachman has spent the last three years attending school at Culver Military Academy. His freshman year, he was drafted into the USHL. In 2014 he was invited to play on Team USA’s U18 team. He has already committed to playing college hockey Miami University of Ohio. Bachman will spend next season in the USHL playing for the Green Bay Gamblers.