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Oil Caps off ice update

At the 20-game mark, the Oil Caps have boasted their best start in franchise history with a record of 14 wins, six losses and a heightened desire to continue the push for the ultimate prize.

Congruently off the ice, the team continues to evolve.

Jamie Hodson, director of business and hockey operations, who has been overseeing personnel decisions, now will have more of a feel for the team’s prospects and draft process. Hodson will take on more of a “grass roots” direction with the team as director of player personnel, in assessing the team’s prospects and the upcoming 2018 draft.

The timing worked well with Chad Leslie, who was acting head scout with the organization. Leslie desires to focus on his other hockey duties as a scout with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, his work career, and working on some continued studies.

Leslie will be staying on until Jan. 1 providing Hodson with player prospect information and updates and to help translate an overall picture of the upcoming 2018 draft class.

“Chad has been an integral piece of the hockey club since Day 1 and he’ll be involved in this transition period,” Hodson explained. “As a club, we will likely keep this structure for the near team but we’ll see how it plays out moving forward. I will be relying heavily on our scouts and our staff as a whole in assessing the upcoming draft as a group.”