, a standout player on the , will be skating in a few months for one of the top junior hockey leagues in the country.
The Topeka (Kansas) RoadRunners drafted Groat in the first round on Thursday. The 6 feet 2 inch, 160-pound forward will be playing in the South Division of the North American Hockey League.
Scott Langer, head coach and general manager of the RoadRunners, described Groat as a leader with good speed and a great shot. He also possesses a good “hockey IQ”, a trait that coaches find desirable, Langer said.
Groat will graduate later this month from , where he was honored recently for being in the . He earned a 3.91 grade point average.