Okotoks, AB – The Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League are proud to announce that 2000 born forward Ben Sanderson (Calgary, AB) has committed to the Colorado College Tigers.
Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Tigers play in the NCAA’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) under Fourth Year Head Coach Mike Haviland. The Tigers hockey program has won nine conference, have participated in 20 NCAA Tournaments, 10 of them in the Frozen Four and two National Titles (1950, 1987).
Sanderson, 17, in his rookie season with the Oilers has accumulated 22 points (16 goals, 6 assists) in 44 games played.
Oilers Head Coach & Director of Hockey Development Tyler Deis says in the brief time that Sanderson has been with the team, he always seems to be the threat that can turn momentum into the team’s favour.
“Ben’s abilities, including his speed and high caliber shot, always have the opposing teams watching his transition to offensive zone pressure. He has become a very valuable asset to our hockey club. We couldn’t be more proud of Ben and we are looking forward to developing his game to have him ready to head off to his next level of play.”'
Sanderson was recruited to the team after a season with the Calgary Northwest Flames of the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) where he had 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 32 games and scored nine points in eight AMHL playoff games (4 goals, 5 assists).
The Oilers would like to congratulate Ben and his family on his achievements both on and off the ice. We are thankful for his dedication to the organization and in the community.
Ben is the second Oiler in franchise to suit up for the Tigers, joining 2014-15 Oiler captain Tanner Ockey who is in his Junior season and an alternate captain for the Tigers.
Sanderson is the 5th current Oiler on the 2017-18 roster to commit to a NCAA Division I institution, as he joins Jacob Bernard-Docker (University of North Dakota), Nick Blankenburg (University of Michigan), Dylan Holloway (University of Wisconsin) & Austin Wong (Harvard University).