Humboldt Broncos name former NHL player Nathan Oystrick as new coach – Sporting News

The Humboldt Broncos, rebuilding from the tragic bus crash this spring that resulted in 16 deaths, have named former NHL player Nathan Oystrick as the Canadian Junior A hockey team’s new coach.

Coach Darcy Haugan was among those killed when the Saskatchewan-based team’s bus collided with a semi-truck.

Today the Humboldt Broncos announced Regina-born Nathan Oystrick as their next head coach and general manager. Link to full release: https://t.co/qru3ggHFAY #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/cUXGqEclY7

— Humboldt Broncos (@HumboldtBroncos) July 3, 2018

“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 Tuesday (via the team’s website). “I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

Oystrick most recently was head coach at a private Denver prep school but is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan.

He played 10 seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.

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