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Youngstown defenseman has his sight set on making it to the NHL

It's evident the passion Andrew Strathmann has for hockey, and when asked what his ultimate goal was, without hesitation he responded with a smile on his face "the NHL"

Andrew Strathmann is a defenseman for the Youngstown Phantoms that is a top prospect for the 2023 NHL Draft.
Kirsten Krull / The Rink Live

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Growing up in Beach Park, Illinois, there weren't a lot of people who played hockey, but that didn't stop Andrew Strathmann. His dad played a vital role in getting the defenseman into hockey.

"When I was really young my dad kind of got me into it," Strathmann said. "He played club in college but, every night at a hotel in Detroit or wherever we are I'm always with him and he's always driving me places. It's great just taking me to the rink every day and doing everything at the rink with him."

Strathmann was a force on the Tri-City Storm's blue line last season, that is until a trade in the offseason brought him to Youngstown.


Age: 17
Hometown: Beach Park, Ill.
Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 174 pounds
Current team: Youngstown Phantoms
College: University of North Dakota
NHL Rights: Prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL Entry Draft


Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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