HUMBOLDT, Sask. — The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team has named a former NHL player from Saskatchewan as its new head coach.
Nathan Oystrick says he’s looking forward to leading the team, while never forgetting the tragic circumstances that brought him to the role.
The Broncos’ team bus collided with a semi-truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection in April, killing 16 people — including head coach Darcy Haugan — and injuring 13.
Oystrick was most recently head coach of Colorado Academy high school and plans to move to Humboldt at the end of this month.
He played professional hockey for 10 seasons, including 65 NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.
“I understand how much the Broncos have always meant to the community of Humboldt, but I also understand what the team has come to mean to so many people across North America and beyond,” Oystrick said Tuesday.
“I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to get started.”