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Humboldt hires Oystrick as coach, general manager

Defenseman played 65 games in NHL, replaces Haugan, one of 16 killed in bus crash

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The Humboldt Broncos hired Nathan Oystrick as coach and general manager Tuesday.

Oystrick, 35, replaces Darcy Haugan, who was one of 16 members of the Broncos killed in an April 6 bus crash. Thirteen others were injured.

"I'm looking forward to coaching the Humboldt Broncos but will never forget the circumstances that brought me here," Oystrick said. "I'm honored and excited to help lead the Humboldt Broncos to success in the 2018-19 season."

Oystrick began his coaching career as an assistant coach in the ECHL in 2015-16 and coached at Colorado Academy High School in Denver last season.

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Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Oystrick played 11 professional seasons, including 65 games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues between 2008 and 2011. The defenseman had 15 points (five goals, 10 assists).

"Nathan has a background in coaching that is new but yet is exciting for this organization," Humboldt president Kevin Garinger said. "He's had the opportunity to be an assistant coach in the ECHL for two years and from there was a high school coach in Colorado … so he's dealt with athletes in this age group as well."

The Broncos will resume play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 2018-19 season. They selected six players in the SJHL bantam draft June 1, and picked 10 players in a dispersal draft held June 13. The organization also held a tryout camp for 80 players from May 25-27.

Haugan was named the winner of the first Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20, and the team was presented with the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas on June 22.

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