The Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that 2015 graduate Easton Oliver has earned a main camp invite with the the Brampton Beast of the ECHL (affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens). Oliver played last season for the Brewster Bulldogs of the FHL and, in doing so, became the first ever Razorback Hockey alum to crack the professional ranks. During the 15-16 season, Oliver dressed in 52 games, notching 6 goals to go with 21 assists. Used on both sides of special teams throughout the season, Oliver accrued several memorable moments during his first pro season including a late-game power play winner against the Port Huron Prowlers back in March.
Oliver, who wore #5 for the Bulldogs, played in the #39 jersey for the Razorbacks for parts of six seasons, during which time he helped the team win five SECHC titles and earn three National Tournament appearances. Oliver played in 122 games for the Hogs, potting 26 goals alongside 70 assists for a total of 96 points. He served as the team’s co-captain during the 14-15 season and was selected as an assistant captain for the 13-14 season. In December of 2014, Oliver was chosen as a defenseman and assistant captain for the Division III ACHA Selects team, which traveled to Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia to play a five game series.
When asked about what he learned during his inaugural professional campaign, Oliver commented, “the biggest thing I learned from this season is that playing with confidence is key. If you don’t have confidence in your game you start to worry too much about mistakes.” He added, “hockey is a game of mistakes and it’s about how well you can make up for the mistake rather than hanging your head. I think once I realized that, I got a hold of my professional style of play and began to develop into a two-way defenseman.”
Oliver will compete for a roster spot with the Brampton Beast beginning in early October. If no roster offer materializes, Oliver will return to the FHL for the 16-17 season where he would play for the Danville Dashers.