Okanagan Hockey Academy forward Wyatt Sloboshan has signed with the Saskatoon Blades, the Western Hockey League club announced Friday.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Saskatoon Blades,” Sloboshan told saskatoonblades.com. “This is a great organization and I’m really excited to be part of something that’s going to be very special.”
Sloboshan, 17, spent this past season with the OHA Prep team, compiling 77 points (27-50-77) in 45 games. The Vansoy, Saskatchewan product joined OHA after one season of midget hockey in his home province where he won the provincial championship.
“Wyatt is a wonderful combination of skill, grit and character,” stated Blades general manager and coach Bob Woods. “He’s a great player and an even better person. We’re excited to see him step in and play a prominent role wearing a Blades uniform.”
Sloboshan was originally drafted in the third round, 54th overall, by the Swift Current Broncos in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. On January 1, 2014, the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was part of a trade that would send him, one other player and two draft picks to the Blades.
Sloboshan was also a member of Team Western along with OHA teammate Matthew Campese at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge.
Being a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy has been an extremely rewarding and unforgettable experience. It has enabled me to gain confidence and acquire life long skills expanding beyond the game of hockey. The balance between academics and athletics is superb, allowing you to achieve your ultimate success. The academy assisted me in achieving my dream of playing hockey at the NCAA level while studying Pre-Medicine. Without this caring support group, none of this would have been possible and I am forever grateful.