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Jung Reacts to Draft Day

In a Nanaimo (BC) News Bulletin story today, Lightning 2007 seventh round draft pick Torrie Jung gave his reactions to being drafted.

“It’s definitely the most exciting thing I’ve ever gone through,” Jung told the newspaper.

Jung is a native of Nanaimo, "The Harbour City," located on the west side of Victoria Island across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver in British Columbia.

The News Bulletin reported Jung was watching TV on Saturday when Tampa’s chief scout, Jake Goertzen, called to tell him the news and offer congratulations.

“He said the team got a chance to see me play a lot in the second half of the season and they liked what they saw,” said Jung.

The 6-foot-1, 170 pounder was the backup in Kelowna last year until an injury to No. 1 Kris Westblom thrust him into the starter’s role.

Jung ended up receiving 23 straight starts in the Rockets’ crease.

“For me it was a blessing in disguise because it gave me a chance to show the NHL guys what I could do,” he said.

Playing on the B.C. Division’s last-placed club, Jung posted a 3.45 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage and earned one shutout.

Beyond the statistics, Goertzen told Jung that the Lightning liked his athleticism, quick reflexes and solid positional game.

Jung knows he will have to get bigger and stronger to try to prepare for pro hockey, and also build consistency.

“[That’s] the biggest thing,” he told the paper. “Being able to play to the best of your abilities, night in and night out.”