Hiltermann Commits to University of Central Oklahoma

Hiltermann Commits to University of Central Oklahoma Men’s Hockey Team

Red Lake, Ontario – The Red Lake Miners are proud to announce that twenty-year-old defenseman, Blake Hiltermann, has committed to the University of Central Oklahoma’s Men’s Hockey team. Hiltermann’s outstanding performance this season, with 11 goals, 23 assists, totaling 34 points in 36 games, has positioned him as the leading defenseman in scoring in the SIJHL.

The University of Central Oklahoma, located in Edmond, Oklahoma, known as the Bronchos, currently holds the 3rd rank in the ACHA’s National Rankings with an impressive record of 26-5-2. Hiltermann expressed his excitement about joining the program, stating, “Head Coach Mike Rivera has been nothing but supportive, and the welcoming culture and camaraderie of the team made my decision easy.”

“Witnessing their third straight conference championship was incredible and made passing up the chance to win a fourth next to impossible,” proclaimed Hiltermann, stating the opportunity to be part of such a successful program proved irresistible.

He extended his gratitude to the Red Lake organization, acknowledging the crucial role the organization played in his development and success on and off the ice. Hiltermann said, “Red Lake has been a major part of making this happen and the success I’ve had this season. Thank you to the coaching staff, volunteers, board of directors and most importantly my teammates for helping me progress every day. Everyone who has been involved with the team this year has made it possible for me to call Red Lake home and have a chance to play college hockey.”

Red Lake Miners’ Head Coach and General Manager, Lee Stone, praised Hiltermann for his leadership and dedication to the team. Stone highlighted Hiltermann’s hard work and continuous improvement, expressing pride in his achievements and looking forward to seeing him thrive under Coach Rivera at Central Oklahoma. Stone said, “Blake is an incredible young man that has been a pleasure to coach. He has applied himself to improve in all areas and has spent hours of time honing his craft at our skills sessions and in the gym. We can’t wait to watch Blake’s career blossom at the University of Central!”

Hiltermann emphasized his eagerness for the collegiate experience and the challenge of playing at a higher level. He aims to contribute to UCO’s culture while bringing the valuable lessons learned in Red Lake to the program. Excited for the new chapter ahead, Hiltermann is ready to embrace the opportunities for growth both in the game and in life. “Culture is something UCO is big on so I am looking forward to bringing what I have learned in Red Lake about culture to their program and sharing my experiences and hearing and seeing new ones as well,” Hiltermann concluded.