This month’s alumni spotlight focuses on Oasiz Wiesblatt.
When you have three hockey playing older brothers, you’re almost destined to play the sport.
That was the case for Oasiz Wiesblatt who followed in the footsteps of older brothers Ocean, Orca and Ozzy.
“I was on skates at the age of one,” Wiesblatt said, who pointed to his mother as a huge influence on his career. “I continued to learn up to when I started playing minor hockey. I just loved getting out, playing with my friends, and spending time on the outdoor rink in the winter like any other kid growing up Canada.”
Wiesblatt thrived in minor hockey, playing for the Calgary Bisons and Calgary Buffaloes before moving on to play with the South Alberta Hockey Academy. Over the course his minor hockey career, the Calgary native tallied 38 goals and 106 points in 91 games.
With his minor hockey success, Wiesblatt was selected 10th overall in the 2019 WHL Draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers. He has gone on to play four seasons for the Tigers thus far and has seen his goal and point totals climb each season. His first year in the WHL’s Covid-19 bubble season, Wiesblatt played in 22 games scoring twice and posting five points.
Fast forward to this season and Wiesblatt is one of the leaders for the Tigers, both on and off the ice. The assistant captain has played in 47 games so far, posting a career high in points with 66. He is also six back of his career high in goals with 20. His drive and determination landed him the experience of participating in Columbus Blue Jackets development and main camp in the summer.
Wiesblatt said a lot of skills he learned in minor hockey have transferred over to his junior career and it’s something that has helped him find a lot of success.
“(Minor hockey) really helped me get ready for the next level… helped with skill development and becoming a good teammate,” Wiesblatt said.
Hockey has given the 19-year-old forward a lot on the ice, but it’s also given him a lot off ice too.
“Friendship, volunteering and humanitarian work,” Wiesblatt said. “I love being around and helping people and hockey has given me the chance to do that.”