As NLL Commissioner George Daniel announced the 33rd pick overall in the 2012 draft, Simon Giourmetakis could only think of one thing; he was heading home. The Edmonton, AB native has played away from home for quite some time. Giourmetakis played four years in the NCAA for the Canisus Golden Griffins, played his final year of his junior career with the Coquitlam Adanacs (Minto Cup Champion 2010) and played this past summer in for the WLAâ€™s Maple Ridge Burrards. If Giourmetakis can crack the Rush roster, he will have the opportunity to play in front of his family for the first time in three years. â€¨Giourmetakis is a big offensemen with great hands and a heavy shot who will get his nose dirty in the middle to create space for the more finesse players on his team. The Golden Griffin grad posted a solid 8 goals, 11 assist for 19 points in 14 games in his rookie WLA season. â€¨I had the chance to catch up with the Edmonton Rush prospect and speak with him about his feelings on the draft and his future as a member of the Rush.
Q:How does it feel to get drafted to the NLL? Especially to your hometown team
A:It feels amazing. Getting drafted at all has been a dream of mine since I started playing so there really is no better feeling. Going to my home town is real exciting as well because I can play in front of my family and friends again.
Q: Does this come as a shock? or did someone from Edmonton contact you before?
A:It was not a shock. I was contacted by the coach and gm that they were interested and were hoping to grab me.
Q: What can you bring to the Rush to help their success?â€¨
A: Hopefully I can create space for a lot of the guys out there. I’m not looking to be the go to guy out there but I can definitely fill a role if they need one and I can put the ball in the net a few times.