Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Sign Two Goaltenders

The Oklahoma City Blazers Junior Hockey Club announced today that they have signed goaltenders Braden Lajoie and Austin Kirby.

Austin Kirby the Spokane, Washington native enters his first year of junior hockey after playing for the Wenatchee Jr Wild. The 6’1” Kirby was on several teams hit list and head coach Tyler Fleck couldn’t be more happy he’s in Blazer uniform.

“I know there were a ton of teams all over Austin. We spotted him initially at the JPS showcase in Denver, he was by far the best goaltender there,” explained Fleck. “We saw him again a couple weeks after that at the CCM showcase and was very solid. He’s a very focused and driven individual, has great size and moves very very well. His composure is fantastic also. We have had several discussions with Austin and his father, they both are extremely passionate about the game and are excited for the season to begin. I am excited for them as well.”

Braden Lajoie comes to the Blazers from the Wichita Warriors where he was an absolute workhorse going 36-5-6 in 47 games and put up a sparkling .920 save percentage to go along with his 1.21 goals against.

“Braden is the youngest of the three goalies we have signed but he is definitely ready to make the jump to junior hockey. This kid is 6’2” and had seventeen shutouts last year….seventeen, thats insane,” remarked the coach. “ We had a real good look at Braden at our open camp back in May. Our goaltending coach Sebastien Centomo loved him. At his age and size, having just turned 16, Lajoie will have teams lined up to look at him.”

“Both Kirby and Lajoie are big and very smooth. I know both these guys are capable of not only giving us a chance to win hockey games but steal some games as well. I am extremely confident with three goaltenders we now have signed that they will give us an opportunity to be a contender.”

The Blazers begin their inaugural season as members of the WSHL this fall and host the Dallas Snipers in the home opener on October 24th. For Tickets call 405-888-0195 or email info@okcblazershockey.com.