The Danbury Jr Hat Tricks are very pleased to announce that 2002 forward Jake Oldham has committed to continue his academic and hockey careers at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2021. The Southbury, CT native was an important part of the Jr Hat Tricks this season, He will join a Crimson Tide hockey program that competes at the Division I level in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Oldham was one of only three players to play in all 38 games this past season. He netted four goals and dished out three assists to record seven points on the year, including two goals and an assist in Danbury’s final six regular season games. A key penalty killer and strong two-way center, Oldham played a hard-nosed games with a significant physical element. His huge goals at the Northeast Generals on February 27 (assisted beautifully by Drew Goodman) and at home against the Long Beach Sharks on March 28 were highlights of his season. Oldham was a key member of the Watertown-Pomperaug high school program prior to his time in Danbury. He served as a team captains for the Indians as a senior.
Oldham commented, “Playing in Danbury this year was a blast and my time with the Jr Hat Tricks has better prepared me to continue my career at Alabama. I am very grateful that Coaches Cunningham and Allen gave me a chance to be a part of this team. Playing hockey at the University of Alabama has always been a dream of mine and I am looking forward to contributing to the Crimson Tide any way that I can!”
“Jake was an absolute pleasure to coach and have as a part of our program this season, He competes each and every day to be his best and challenges his teammates to do the same. Jake was a key part of of very successful penalty kill units all season, a fantastic presence on our forecheck and delivered some of the most memorable hits of our season. He also scored some big goals in the last few weeks of the season that helped us solidify our playoff positioning. Jake is a skilled player with the determination to succeed. He is also a tremendous teammate and I am very confident that he will make himself an indispensable part of the Alabama hockey program in no time. Congratulations to Jake and his family!” said Head Coach Kevin Cunningham.
Oldham is the first Danbury player to commit to Alabama and the fifth 2020-21 team member to make his college decision. Overall, eight Danbury NA3HL players have advanced to college hockey (so far!) during the organization’s first two seasons.