This past week, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s OCN Blizzard made the announcement that former star forward Tony Apetagon would be returning to the team for the 2020-21 season, or at least part of it.
As a soon-to-be 22-year-old, the three-year MJHL veteran will obviously not be suiting up alongside the reformulated Blizzard roster, but rather line up behind the players on the bench as an assistant to head coach Billy Keane. Officially, Apetagon’s title will be ‘Guest Coach’ and he will serve the team for the first half of the season.
A kinesiology student at the University of Manitoba, Apetagon is taking advantage of the virtual education mandate within the university’s fall semester, and spending the fall and early winter months back home up north, assisting his former coach Keane behind the bench of the team he once served as captain.
“I am very excited to be back in OCN and helping Billy who helped me a lot while playing for him in Winnipeg,” Apetagon said in a team-issued press release. “OCN has a special place in my heart and I’m excited to be back!”
Following two seasons of play within the Manitoba U-18 AAA league with the Norman Northstars, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound forward joined the Blizzard where he went on to register 37 goals and 82 points in 95 games, before being moved to Billy Keane and the Winnipeg Blues midway through the 2018-19 season. He scored 11 goals and 25 points in just 18 games in Winnipeg. Last season, Apetagon suited up for the University of Manitoba Bisons, where he put up three goals in 13 contests.