In Cedar Rapids, a rising star lit up the ice with the RoughRiders, and no, it wasn't just the Zamboni's headlights causing a buzz! Enter Elliott Groenewold, whose hockey wizardry not only earned him USHL All-Rookie Second Team honors but also solidified his status as the favorite puck wizard.

What did we learn from the Boston Bruins press release?

The Boston Bruins' announcement was like icing on the cake (pun intended). They snagged Groenewold in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2024 NHL Draft—talk about recognizing talent! Standing tall at 6-foot-2 and tipping the scales at 201 pounds (mostly muscle, we hear), this Bellows Falls, Vermont native racked up 16 points in 57 games with the RoughRiders. Oh, and let's not forget his bronze medal win at the 2023 World Junior A U-19 Challenge—definitely a keeper!

Now, as he gears up for Quinnipiac University, we can only imagine what's next for this Cedar Rapids sensation. With Groenewold on their roster, the Bruins aren't just betting on talent; they're betting on a kid who's got more moves than a breakaway forward and more charm than the Stanley Cup itself.

Boston Bruins/Canva/TSM
Boston Bruins/Canva/TSM

Was Groenewold the only one picked up?

Oh, and in case you're wondering, they also scooped up forward Jonathan Morello and defenseman Loke Johansson in later rounds, because hey, who doesn't love a good trio of future hockey legends?

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Stay tuned as Groenewold's journey from Cedar Rapids to the big leagues continues—because every slapshot tells a story, and Elliott's just getting started!

This is the great thing about Cedar Rapids.  You get to see these rising stars at a much cheaper price and there's not a bad seat in the house.  Go, Roughriders!

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