Fort McMurray, AB (Sept. 12, 2016) – The Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) are pleased to announce that 1996-born forward Brandon Ralph (Fort McMurray, AB) will join the MOB for the 2016/17 AJHL season.
Ralph, 20, joins the MOB after spending three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Everett Silvertips. In 55 games with the Silvertips last season, Ralph registered eight points (five goals, three assists) and 23 penalty minutes. Prior to last season, Ralph spent two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings, helping the Oil Kings capture the 2014 Memorial Cup.
“For me, it was important to return home to play for the Oil Barons in front of family and friends,” said Ralph. “As a kid, I always looked up to the Oil Barons. I remember the loud crowds at the Casman Centre and the deep playoff runs in the 2000s.”
“It’ll be an honour to wear the Oil Barons jersey this season and to think about all of the great players that have worn that jersey before me over the years,” added Ralph.
“It’s always a positive when you can add a local kid with experience in the WHL,” said Head Coach and General Manager Tom Keca. “Brandon grew up watching the Oil Barons. He knows our community, the expectations we have for our players, and the role models we want our players to be for youth in our community.”
“He’s a character individual that brings a lot of experience and leadership to our young team. He’s a welcomed addition to our hockey club and we’re excited to welcome him home,” said Keca.
For more information, please contact:
Tom Keca, Head Coach and General Manager
Phone: (780) 881-3108