Ogden Mustangs defenseman Oliver Wieringa will return for his second season with the team in 2019-20.
A 6-foot-5-inch and 230-pound defenseman, Wieringa was a physical force on the ice last season, punishing his opponents. His high hockey IQ, good hands and surprising mobility for a big man, were also assets. He contributed eight goals and 13 assists offensively on the season.
Last season Wieringa was part of a very deep defense corps, which was a major reason for the Mustangs’ success, allowing a league-best 86 goals against in 51 regular season games.
This season, Wieringa will look to assume an elevated role, picking up where he left off.
“The entire organization — from the players, to the coaches, to the fans — made it an easy decision to come back to Ogden,” Wieringa said. “Having been with the team last year, I’m looking to set my expectations higher and build off last season’s success to bring home a Thorne cup.”
Wieringa had multiple highlight-reel plays throughout the past season, but perhaps none as massive as this goal right here, opening the Mountain Division Finals with an overtime winner to end Game 1.
It’s an absolute thriller in Game 1 of the Mountain Division Finals as Oliver Wieringa plays the hero and scores the winner from the point in oooooooooooooooovertime! #OMHockey @Oliver_Wieringa @WSHLHockey @BDEHockey pic.twitter.com/0lA2OaTPIa
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) March 30, 2019
From Woodstock, Ontario and born in 2000, Wieringa will still have another season of junior hockey eligibility remaining after this season.