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The Boston Bruins drafted a player Wednesday night who has ties to Adams. 

Right-handed forward Riley Duran was selected with the 182nd pick of the NHL draft. The sixth-round pick is son of Kevin and Lori McLaren Duran. The latter is an Adams native and member of the Hoosac Valley High School Class of 1989. Her father, Bruce McLaren, was a former Adams chief of police. 

Duran, who will play the 2020-21 season with the Youngstown (Ohio) Phantoms of the United States Hockey League, netted 22 goals and 22 assists in 27 games at Lawrence Academy. He will join Providence College in 2021-22.

Duran was ranked No. 95 on the NHL Central Scouting North American Skater rankings before the draft. More information about Duran can be found on the Boston Bruins website

Jake Mendel can be reached at, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.

As a lifelong Pittsfield resident, Jake gravitates to the nearest field or park. He joined The Eagle as a paperboy in 2005 and worked his way up, becoming a full-time reporter in 2018. He's on The Eagle's express desk and is found on Twitter @JMendel94.


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