Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oiler Hammond Commits to Denver

Press Release

The Okotoks Oilers are pleased to announce that 1993 born defenseman Tariq Hammond has committed to play for the University of Denver Pioneers for the 2014-2015 season.  Located in Denver, Colorado, the Pioneers play in the newly formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHA).  Recent AJHL alumni to play for the Pioneers include Joe Colborne and Sam Brittain.  The Pioneers are tied for 2nd in NCAA Division 1 Hockey Championships with seven in their program's history.

Hammond joined the Oilers in the 2011-2012 season after playing his Midget hockey for the Calgary Midget AAA Northstars.  Now in his third season with the Oilers, Hammond is currently tied for the team lead in assists (9) and points (10).   In his Oiler career, Hammond has played 108 games recording 8 goals and 41 points.

Oilers GM/Head Coach James Poole states, “Tariq has been outstanding for the Oilers program on and off the ice in his three seasons and we are extremely happy that his hard work has been rewarded with a scholarship to Denver.  Tariq was the Oilers Most Improved Player in the 2011-2012 season after leading all defenseman in Plus/Minus, and in his 3rd season has elevated his play to become one the top defenseman in the AJHL at both ends of the rink.  We look forward to Tariq’s continued contributions this season and know that Denver will be getting a quality player and person that will also be a great addition to the Pioneers program starting next season.”

The Oilers would like to congratulate Tariq and his family for his accomplishment.  Tariq Hammond joins current Oilers Rhett Gardner (North Dakota) and John Edwardh (Mass Lowell) off the 2013-2014 roster committed to NCAA Division 1 programs.

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