Rieger Lorenz, it would seem, does not like to waste time.
Skating by the age of two on the family’s backyard rink, he strides into organized hockey a couple of winters later.
He’s only in Grade 9 when he makes a decision on his puck-chasing future, choosing to forgo the Western Hockey League and commit to the University of Denver.
And these days? Plenty is happening.
Freshly turned 18, Lorenz is heading down to the college’s campus, to get comfortable, to get in some skating, and to get cracking on his finance degree by digging into three summertime courses. In the midst of all that, he intends to jet to Montreal for the NHL draft, July 7 and 8, to see firsthand which club latches onto his rights.
Busy lad. And, as you could probably guess, he isn’t one to stand still on the ice, either.
This past season – his first full campaign with the Okotoks Oilers – Lorenz paced the club in scoring. The 38 goals and 85 points established franchise single-season records for freshmen.