Okotoks Oiler Affiliate Player – Commits to University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal

December 13, 2016

TODD D. MILEWSKI tmilewski@madison.com

Dylan Holloway was looking at a future in the Canadian major junior hockey system until his dad suggested that he hold off on signing.

That's the first step that led to Holloway, a 15-year-old forward from Calgary, giving University of Wisconsin men's hockey coaches an oral commitment on Monday.

Holloway's father, Bruce, had a three-year pro career after four seasons in the major junior Western Hockey League. But he told his son that, in hindsight, he wishes he would have played college hockey.

“He told me to keep my options open and it's too soon to do anything with any of the teams,” said Dylan Holloway, who was a sixth-round pick of the Everett Silvertips in this year's WHL bantam draft. “He said just hold off, keep playing hockey and it'll all fall in place. Also, my adviser was telling me to wait a bit. I'm happy I did.”

Holloway, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound skilled power forward who said he doesn't shy away from finishing a check, can join the Badgers as early as the 2019-20 season, although the exact timing is uncertain.