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Gorniak gears up for his future

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One minute, Jack Gorniak was leading the West Salem Panthers to the State Tournament. The next, he was one of 26 Americans invited to the NHL Combine. 

" I heard rumors about it earlier that I could get selected for it, but I wasn't a hundred percent sure if I was gonna. But then, when I heard the news I was excited, ready to go down there and test." 

He proved himself as he placed in the top ten in 9 of 15 physical tests. 

" I thought I was in good shape and ready to go since I've been practicing them so much," Gorniak said. " When I got there and saw the results, I was still a little surprised, but I was happy of how I did." 

Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato has plenty of experience playing and coaching in the NHL, and he had advice for Gorniak heading into the week.

" I had a phone call with him before, and he just said go out there, do your best, be yourself during the interviews, don't try being someone you're not, just be yourself, and all will work out," Gorniak said. " That coaching staff is unbelievable. They develop players so well, and they put players in a good position to succeed." 

Even more success could be on the horizon for Gorniak as he has a good chance of hearing his name called in the NHL Draft on June 22nd-23rd. 

" It has definitely been a dream of mine," Gorniak said. " I have grown up watching the NHL ever since I was a little kid and always being on the ice skating with my brother." 

However, no matter what happens, his focus is on his future as a Badger.

" I am not too concerned about it right now, " Gorniak said. " I am just worried about the task at hand, which is Madison. Come next week, I will be down there for the summer. I am more focused on that. I am just going to let the other stuff take care of itself and see how it plays out." 

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