The list of hockey alumni at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota, is an impressive one and includes National Hockey League stars Sidney Crosby, Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews, Jack Johnson and Kyle Okposo.
That prep school will be the destination of 14-year-old Oliver Wahlstrom, who verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in January at the age of 13.
The Yarmouth native played left wing on the North Yarmouth Academy prep school team as a seventh-grader this past winter.
He is the son of former University of Maine winger Joakim Wahlstrom and his wife, Penny.
“We’re all pretty excited about it,” said Joakim. “We had several options but it has such a good hockey history and it is a very good school.”
Oliver Wahlstrom will have a rare opportunity to play with players his own age this coming season as he will be on their bantam team (ages 13-14).
“He has been playing [with much older players] almost forever but this will give him a chance to play with kids his own age at a high caliber. It will be very good for him, his maturity level and the social aspect of his growth,” said Joakim Wahlstrom.
He added that the bantams will play a “70- to 80-game schedule” and have exceptional facilities that include 2½ rinks and a workout facility.
“They also have a phenomenal dry-land off-ice regimen,” Wahlstrom said.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Oliver Wahlstrom will try out for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s varsity team in 2015.
Faribault is similar to Orono in some ways in that it is a small city (population approximately 23,000) and there aren’t many distractions
“There’s hockey and school. And there is also hunting and fishing and Oliver enjoys that,” said Wahlstrom. “It’s going to be a good fit. It’s going to be tough to see him go but we’ll be able to watch his games on the Internet.”
Oliver Wahlstrom has gained national notoriety through two eye-opening moves he made as a 9- and 10-year-old during the Mini One-on-One competitions that are broadcast on the New England Sports Network between periods of Boston Bruins games.
As a 9-year-old, he laid his hockey stick on the ice, balanced the puck on the blade of his stick and lifted his stick before doing a 360-degree spin and flipping the puck past the bewildered goalie.
The next year, he dragged the puck behind him and between his legs before raising the stick to shoulder level, balancing the puck on the blade of his stick and moving it back and forth before flinging it behind the goalie.