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Ratcliffe leads group of four Guelph Storm players taken in NHL draft

By Tony Saxon, Guelph Today.com

The “longest walk” of Isaac Ratcliffe’s life really wasn’t that long: Down a flight of stairs then across the arena floor at Chicago’s United Centre to meet the Philadelphia Flyers brass.

Ratcliffe was the first of four Guelph Storm players chosen in the National Hockey League entry draft on Saturday.

The Flyers took Ratcliffe with the fourth pick of the second round, 35th overall.

“I’m still shaking. It’s been a hectic morning, it’s all so surreal still,” said Ratcliffe over the phone from his Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s unbelievable and I can’t really describe the feeling. Every player that heard their name yesterday and today can still feel the butterflies. That moment is going to be with me the rest of my life.

“My heart dropped when I heard my name and walking down those stairs was the longest walk of my life. I think the butterflies were pretty much carrying me down the stairs.”

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