December 28, 2018 1:58 pm
Updated: December 28, 2018 7:29 pm

Nathan Oystrick steps down as Humboldt Broncos head coach

WATCH ABOVE: Humboldt Broncos head coach and general manager Nathan Oystrick steps down. Rebekah Lesko reports.


Nathan Oystrick has stepped down as head coach and general manager of the Humboldt Broncos.

Oystrick did not immediately give a reason why he was stepping down.

In a tweet on Friday morning, Oystrick said despite the “extreme stress and constant pressure of working with the organization, I gave them everything I possibly could and am proud of their performance.”

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In a statement on Friday afternoon, the Humboldt Broncos said the club and Oystrick had decided to part ways.

“The Broncos’ wish to thank Nathan for his work with the organization and wish him the very best in all his future endeavours,” the team said.

The Broncos said they would not be commenting further at this time.

Assistant coach Scott Barney will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Oystrick, 36, who is originally from Regina, joined the team nearly three months after a devastating crash involving the team’s bus.

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Sixteen players and staff members, including head coach Darcy Haugan, were killed in the April 6 crash in eastern Saskatchewan.

At the time of his hiring, Oystrick said he would never forget the circumstances that brought him to Humboldt.

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Oystrick played hockey professionally for 10 years, including 65 games in the NHL and 338 games in the AHL, before turning to coaching.

He was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL, an affiliate of the NHL’s Boston Bruins, and the Elmira Jackals, an affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, before spending the 2017-18 season as head coach of the Colorado Academy high school.

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