Published: Okotoks Online
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 05:50
Written by Gino De Paoli
From an unknown walk-on to captain Connor Chambers did it all in just two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers and now has a NCAA scholarship to show for it.
The Pequot Lakes, MN native came to the Oilers in the 2014-15 season after being released from the Brooks Bandits in training camp and never looked back.
Chambers will be heading to Wisconsin Stevens-Point this coming year and says he couldn't be more excited to keep his hockey career going at a high level.
“Stevens-Point has a really good program, James Poole really helped me to get in contact with them and sold me to the coach at Stevens-Point so credit to him for helping me move on,” he says. “It's exciting that my hockey career is continuing and I'll still be able to pursue my goals.”
Chambers in his rookie season with the Oilers started like any other underdog story, in and out of the line-up but whenever he cracking the starting line-up he never missed an opportunity to show what he was made of.
He says he remembers his transition from limited minutes to being out in key situations late two seasons ago.
“Couple guys went down and I kind of had to fill a bigger role at towards the end of that season and this past season I able to be the captain and kind of the leader of the team playing some big minutes for them. The experience there really was what propelled me to get to the next level to play college hockey because I'm able to play in all situations.”
There was talks of Chambers getting a letter on his jersey this season but he says never really imagined he'd be the man behind the 'C' this year.