Another year, another hard goodbye. Here we are yet again saying “thanks for all the fish” to a group of young men we’ve watched grow for the past four years on and off the ice. The Sooners finish the regular season 24-8-1 and are now preparing for the National Tournament in Cleveland,OH on March 7th.
This year, we again say goodbye to six:
#90 Bryce Johnson (Grimes,IA)- 2014-15= 23G 25A in 29GP; 2G 3A at WUG
#1 Colin Fernandes (Surry,BC)- 2014-15= 19-7; GAA 2.60; .900SV%; 675 saves in 30GP
#10 Joe Adams (Orange,CA)- 2014-15= 3G 7A in 34 GP
#19 Darrell Boldon (Calgary, AB)- 2014-15= 17G 14A in 32GP
#27 Brandon Dennis (Williamsport,PA)- 2014-15= 3G 4A in 12GP
#81 Matt Mckinney (Dallas,TX)- 2014-15= 9G 7A in 22GP
Like years past, I ask a couple of the guys a couple questions about their future and their thoughts on playing hockey at The University of Oklahoma. This year, I talked with Joe Adams, Colin Fernandes and Brandon Dennis.
Goaltender Colin Fernandes:
What is your next move?
I will be graduating with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Sports Management at the University of Oklahoma in the summer of 2015. During the fall of 2014, I hung my skates up for a semester to work a Hockey Development Internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Currently, I am working on a semester long class project partnered with the Oklahoma City Thunder analyzing specific marketing opportunities. My goal is to stay as close to the game as I can.
What would be a favorite moment/s while playing at OU?
One of my favorite moment’s while playing at the University of Oklahoma was the come from behind win against Oakland during the 2013 National Tournament in Chicago, IL. Darrell Bolden scored the overtime winner to advance OU to the second round. Another memorial moment was during the Great Northwest Showcase in Surrey, BC. Colin Fernandes got to face his hometown team, University of British Columbia. He led all goalies in the tournament who played 2 games with a .911 save percentage. This year it was great to see Bryce Johnson, Jordan Greenburg, and Mico Solorzano get selected to represent team USA at the World University Games in Granada, Spain.
Anything in particular that you will miss about the school/team??
The relationships with my teammates and friends I have made along the way. Being able to come to the rink every day and just be a hockey player.
Do you take any special preps for the tourney (superstitions)?
No special preparations or superstitions heading into the tournament. I have a good feeling about this year and the group of guys we have in the locker room. For a lot of us this is our third year in a row playing in the tournament, so it’s nice going to Cleveland knowing what it takes to win.