Former NMU defenseman Oystrick is new Humboldt Broncos coach
New Humboldt coach Nathan Oystrick: “I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to get started.”
As a native of Saskatchewan, Nathan Oystrick knows what the Humboldt Broncos mean to Humboldt and what the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League means to the people of the province.
Oystrick, a former NHL defenseman who also played at Northern Michigan University, was named the new coach of the Broncos on Tuesday.
Humboldt’s former coach and GM, Darcy Haugan, was one of 16 killed when the Broncos team bus collided with a truck on April 6 as the team traveled to a SJHL playoff game. Thirteen were injured in the crash.
“I understand how much the Broncos have always meant to the community of Humboldt, but I also understand what the team has come to mean to so many people across North America and beyond,” Oystrick said in a Canadian Press story. “I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to get started.”
Oystrick, who is from Regina, Saskatchewan, played 65 games for the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues with five goals, 15 points and 61 penalty minutes during an 11-season professional career from 2005-06 to 2015-16. He played at Northern Michigan for four seasons, 2002-03 to 2005-06.
Oystrick, 35, was most recently the head coach of Colorado Academy High School and plans to move to Humboldt at the end of the month.