The Steamboat Wranglers have announced the signing of
returning Wrangler Nicklas Oda to the team.
Head Coach Ryan Dingle writes, “Nick is a stand-up individual who has an incredible amount of passion. I expect that Oda will elevate his game this season. He scored big goals for the club last season and I expect nothing less from him this year. Nick has embraced the Steamboat community as much as the Steamboat community has embraced him. Everyone is ecstatic that he is returning for another season.”
Nicklas agrees, adding, “I'm very excited to be coming back and playing for the Steamboat Wranglers. There's no other place I would rather come back to. Steamboat is a great town with great people, a great community, and most importantly a great team. We did great things last year and are expecting to accomplish bigger and better things. Go, Wranglers!”
Nicklas is attending Steamboat Springs High School for his senior year.
In addition to the Wranglers, Nicklas has played for the Junior Thunderbirds in the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association and Team Seattle, making it to nationals twice. The Oda family then relocated to California, where Nicklas continued playing before he made the move to Steamboat to be a Wrangler last season. Now he is back!
He also comes from a hockey loving family. His parents, Elina and Harley, named the kids after famous hockey players, since Dad is a Redwings fan. Nicklas is named after Swedish defenseman Nicklas Lidström, and Brendan is named after Canadian legend and Olympic gold medalist Brendan Shanahan. Daughter Miikka is named after famous Finnish goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Steamboat Wranglers are the newest team to join the Western States Hockey League. The WSHL is an Amateur Athletic Union, Tier II Junior “A” hockey league that has been in continuous existence since 1994. The WSHL is the second largest junior hockey league in North America, with 30 teams in 14 states. The Wranglers are part of the Mountain Division of the WSHL.
The first game for the Wranglers is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Howelsen Ice Complex in Steamboat Springs. Find out more about the Wranglers at www.SteamboatWranglers.com
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