Oiler Renyard Commits to University of Massachusetts

The Okotoks Oilers are very pleased to announce that 1994-born goalie Nic Renyard has committed to the University of Massachusetts.  Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, the “Minutemen” compete in the NCAA Division 1 Hockey East Conference.  Notable Minutemen Alumni include 2-time Stanley Cup Champion Goaltender Jonathan Quick from the Los Angeles Kings. 

“I’m extremely excited to be joining the Minutemen Hockey program.  Thank you to my family, friends, teammates and coaches for the support that has allowed this personal goal to become possible,” states Nic Renyard.  “I would also like to thank the Okotoks Oilers for believing in me and helping me achieve this opportunity.”

Renyard, a 20-year old goalie from Victoria, BC is in his first season with the Okotoks Oilers after spending his previous two in the BCHL with the Penticton Vees and Victoria Grizzlies.   After starting the season 12-0-1 with the Oilers, Renyard currently sits among the AJHL leaders in all goaltending categories with 19 wins (1st), 1.86 Goals Against Average (2nd) and .934 Save percentage (2nd).   Renyard is currently on pace to break all single season goalie records within the Okotoks Oilers organization which is quite impressive considering the list of previous Oiler goalies includes Brad Eidsness (North Dakota), Sean Cahill (Alaska Fairbanks), Michael Matyas (Anchorage Alaska), Mike Tadjdeh (WHL / SAIT), and Jared D’Amico (Anchorage Alaska).  

Nic Renyard is the 4th player on the 2014-2015 Oilers committed to a NCAA Div 1 post-secondary hockey program joining Rhett Gardner (North Dakota), Ambrose Firkus (Alaska Fairbanks) and Phelan Shaw (Minnesota Duluth).

Oilers Head Coach / GM James Poole states, “Nic came to the Oilers organization only wanting an opportunity to prove himself as a number one goaltender and with hopes that this would translate into an NCAA scholarship.  Nic has exceeded all expectations with his stellar on-ice play, exceptional work ethic, and infectious team first attitude.  The numbers and win-loss record speak volumes to what Nic means to our team, but above that he has also become a very positive influence within our dressing room and within the community of Okotoks.   As an organization we couldn’t be happier for Nic and his family on this scholastic and hockey achievement.  At the same time, we look forward to his continued contributions to making the Oilers 10th anniversary season the most successful in the organizations history.” 

For questions please contact James Poole at (403)938-0243