The Junior Oilers announced a few weeks ago that coach Marty Magers will return as head coach for the upcoming season. It will be the 3rd season behind the bench for Magers and his 2nd full season. He became head coach midway through the 2013-2014 season. Junior Oilers General Manager Justin Lund said, “We are very excited to have Marty back as our head coach for another season. Marty brings a wealth of hockey knowledge with him and is a great coach for the young men on our team. Marty has built a great reputation in Tulsa not only at our level, but at the youth level as well.”
One of Coach Magers’ first challenge will be to fill the holes created by players that have exceeded the maximum age for players. In the WSHL, the maximum age for players is 20 years old so each year, players “age out”. This year Andrew Wyrrick, Keiran Spettie, John Stenzel, Jason Small, and Casey Neel have all aged out. In the case of Neel, he will prolong his junior career in Meaford, Ontario playing for the Meaford Knights. The Knights are part of the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League and the maximum age to play there is 21. When asked about his time playing Tulsa, Neel said “I’m going to miss the support and family I’ve grown up around in Tulsa throughout the years. I’ll miss representing Tulsa and playing hockey with my brothers. I look forward to moving on in my career by becoming a leader on and off the ice and becoming a model person that the younger kids will look up to. And I hope to make everyone back home proud and I hope to earn the respect that I’ve earned throughout my years playing in Tulsa.” The Junior Oilers wish all the players the best of luck in their future.
Around the league, the WSHL announced that the Oklahoma City Blazers were awarded the first ever WSHL All Star Game. The All Star Game will take place on January 2nd, 2016. This game will feature an unusual, but sure to be an extremely popular format for the local fan base as the WSHL All Stars will take on the hometown Oklahoma City Blazers. The Blazers will host the All Star Game this year and then the league will move it to another city in the WSHL for the next year.
The season starts in October. Contact Justin Lund at email@example.com for more information regarding ticket packages and updates about the upcoming season.