The Virden Oil Capitals organization are pleased to announce that Blake Friars has been hired onto the staff for the upcoming 2020/21 season. Blake will be heavy on social media and helping out with a lot of gameday activities.
Blake recently graduated from Minot State University with a Communication Arts degree and spent the last 3 seasons with the Minot State Beavers Hockey Club serving as the Director of Broadcasting, and Media Relations role. He traveled with the team on the road this past season and controlled all of the social media and provided fans with interviews with the coaches and players.
Blake spoke about his new opportunity with the Oil Capitals.
“You know with everything that it is going on right now I was kind of stuck in limbo,” said Friars. “Tyson reached out to me right away. We discussed what the job would be like, and it was an easy decision to make because it’s very similar to the stuff that I did last year in Minot. I am very excited to meet the players and other staff members this weekend at the Prospects Camp, “said Friars.
“Last year I did a lot of work on social media, whether it was doing interviews, or writing pre and post-game articles for the website. Head Coach Wade Regier gave me great opportunity to get a lot of experience and it set me up well for this year because I know I can do everything as I did it a year ago,” said Friars.
Head Coach Tyson Ramsey had this to say about the hiring.
“We are very excited to add Blake to our staff in the hockey office. We have followed his work for the last 3 years at Minot State for the Beavers hockey club and he is very professional. The social media content he produces is very engaging for fans and helps create a great image for the hockey club. His experience in broadcasting will also be huge benefit for us and we look forward to him helping us develop a much bigger footprint on social media and in our community.” ”
With all the uncertainty with this upcoming season Friars is eager to give the fans a behind the scenes look at the team
“I think that it is going to be important to be very active on social media this season,” said Friars. “I am not sure how many fans are going to be let in the building this season, and it will be my job to supply them what is going on within the team. Interviews are a great way to showcase the players, and coaches so that the fans get to see a different side of them. That is a direction a lot of teams are heading (heavy social media involved), and I cannot wait to get started!” said Friars.