The Okotoks Oilers are pleased to announce the acquisition of 20-year old forward Stephen Doane from the Grande Prairie Storm for future considerations. Doane, from Calgary Alberta, recorded 10 goals and 32 points last season with the Storm after recording 19 goals and 33 points with the Drumheller Dragons in his 18-year old season.
“Stephen is a player that is very tough to play against due to his grit level and tenacity on pucks. This addition will improve our depth up front that fits with our hard-working identity, gives us another player that can contribute offensively right away and will also really help our success in the face-off circle all the while not having to give up any players,” states Oilers coach James Poole.
The entire Oilers organization would like to welcome Stephen and his family to the program and look forward to his contributions this upcoming season.
In addition, the Oilers have lost the rights of 1996-born goaltender Keelan Williams to the Camrose Kodiaks. As part of the Ty Clay futures trade, the Oilers were forced to leave a few players unprotected off last seasons roster that were eligible to return, in which the Kodiaks were able to select one player which ended up being Williams. In 14 games played, Williams recorded 8 wins, 3 loses and 1 OT loss with a goals against average of 2.39.
“The addition of a quality player like Ty Clay comes at a cost and unfortunately when deciding which players to leave unprotected we felt Keelan’s commitment to playing in the WHL next season left us no choice but to leave him on that list. Keelan did a good job for us this past year in a back-up role and has a bright future ahead of himself. On behalf of the Oilers, we thank him for his commitment to the Oilers this past season and wish him the best of luck pursuing his aspirations in the WHL.” states Oilers coach James Poole.
For any questions or comments, please contact the Oilers hockey office at (403)938-0243