The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s OCN Blizzard are the recipients of some big-league muscle. This weekend, the team announced that Manitoban forwards Justin Nachbaur and Evan Herman had been granted temporary transfers and would be joining the team for the first half of the 2020-21 MJHL season.
With the Western Hockey League’s proposed start date of Friday, January 8, 2021, officially determined, the league recently governed that its players would be allowed to pursue further affiliated hockey opportunities in order to remain in shape leading up to the start of the WHL season in January. Allowable league play includes Junior ‘A’, Junior ‘B’, or Under-18 levels through mid-December with WHL Training Camps beginning following the Christmas break.
“This is an opportunity for WHL roster players to continue their development by playing hockey at a competitive level,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in a league-issued release. “We felt it was very important to accommodate the requests of WHL roster players to play competitive hockey on a temporary basis in anticipation of WHL Training Camps beginning after Christmas.”
Nachbaur, 20, spent the past three seasons with the Raiders, putting up 36 goals, 74 points and 166 penalty minutes in 194 regular season games. The Cross Lake product has also put up three goals, seven points and 25 penalty minutes in 28 postseason contests. He also earned a WHL championship alongside his Prince Albert teammates in the 2019 postseason.
Herman, 18, has skated in just 62 WHL games with the Raiders, including 59 in 2019-20. Over his short career, the The Pas native has nine goals, 22 points and 30 penalty minutes. Formerly starring with The RINK of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, the former 64th overall selection in the 2017 WHL Draft will certainly look to add some offensive flair to the winless OCN Blizzard alongside his Manitoban teammate Nachbaur.