New Ducks Hockey Recruits Excited to Join Team

July 29th, 2018

As freshmen begin to prepare for their big move to Eugene this fall, one group of men arriving on campus will not only be new to the Duck community but also the University of Oregon men’s ice hockey team. Seven new recruits will be joining the team this fall for Duck’s hockey 2018-2019 season. 

“The incoming recruits are going to be able to contribute in more ways than one,” says Head Coach Rylee Orr. “They are all great character kids. We feel like we were very fortunate in that regard.” 

            Hailing from all over the United States and Canada, the seven new players have a lot to bring to the team. Coach Orr believes that both the new offensive and defensive players talent will contribute to “put up big numbers” and “dominate the game at both ends of the rink,” respectively. 

            Once new and returning players meet in Eugene this fall, both Coach Orr and Assistant Coach Cooper Limb have a lot planned to ensure a successful season. “The coaching staff, as well as our returning players are very excited to get this season going,” states Orr. “Our expectations for the year are very high. We expect to be a team that can compete with anyone in the country, and that is something that will be a first for the program, so that is very exciting. We are changing the culture around here. Winning is going to be the new standard every single night.”

            The change in culture is not just felt by current players and the coaches, however. Kirt Fortney, a forward out of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, has a similar goal for his inaugural season with the Ducks. “I’m excited to help Oregon become a division 1 hockey program,” echoed Fortney. “The coaches and player I’ve talked to are excited for the direction the club is headed in for the upcoming season.”

            Although winning is the top priority for Oregon men’s hockey this season, Coach Orr also knows the importance of both individual and team building. “Our goals for the new recruits are to help them grow their games individually, and also as a team,” he says.  “If we can get everyone to buy in from the start, the sky is the limit with these kids, as well as our team.” 

            In addition to Fortney, the newest recruits for the Ducks Hockey team include forward Austin Charnholm from Belgrade, Montana; forward Luke Chamberlain from Salt Lake City, Utah; defenseman Austin Pultz from Calgary, Alberta; defenseman Nick Power from Sherwood Park, Alberta; goaltender Grayson Parkes from Edmonton, Alberta; and forward Billet Porter from New Castle, Colorado. For all those interested in playing for the Ducks Hockey Team, there will a team meeting and tryouts. The meeting’s time and place will be announced in the near future, and tryouts are currently scheduled to go from September 24-26that the Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.