Former Atlanta Gladiators assistant coach Nathan Oystrick was named the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on Wednesday. Oystrick was with the Gladiators during the 2016-17 ECHL season and was an assistant to head coach Andy Brandt.
In the one season Oystrick coached the Gladiators, Atlanta had a record of 27 wins, 37 regulation losses and eight losses in extra time. In addition to his one season coaching Atlanta, Oystrick was an assistant coach with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL in 2015-16 and was the head coach at Colorado Academy in 2017-18. In the 2018-19 season, Oystrick will not only be the head coach of the Broncos, but the general manager as well.
Oystrick has another professional hockey connection to Atlanta. As a player he was drafted in the seventh round, 198th overall, by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He would play one season with the Thrashers in 2008-09. In 53 games with Atlanta, Oystrick had four goals and eight assists for 12 points, 50 penalty minutes and was a -2. He would go on to play the 2009-10 season with the Anaheim Ducks and the 2010-11 season with the St. Louis Blues.
There was an opening for head coach in Humboldt because on April 6, 2018, there was a serious bus accident involving the team. There were a total of 16 fatalities including the Broncos head coach and general manager Darcy Haugan.
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