Turning Dreams into Reality
For Edmonton Oil Kings right-winger Trey Fix-Wolansky the past two seasons of his hockey career have been filled with many big moments he won’t soon forget, from scoring the first-ever goal at Rogers Place and attending the Edmonton Oilers 2017 Rookie Camp to most recently being drafted in the 2018 NHL Draft.
“I was at home with my family monitoring the draft and once we got the call, everyone started cheering and celebrating together in our family room,” said Fix-Wolansky. “It was a moment I’ll never forget.”
It was in the seventh round of the Draft that the Columbus Blue Jackets selected the Edmonton, AB native 204th overall.
“My agent called me and said that I was selected and that I should expect a phone call right away,” said Fix-Wolansky. “Quickly thereafter I received a call from one of the Blue Jackets scouts informing me of their selection.”
The physical offensive playmaker led the Oil Kings in scoring during the 2017-18 campaign with 89 points (32G, 57A) and 81 penalty minutes. Being selected by the Blue Jackets organization, Fix-Wolansky is proud to have been surrounded by family when he got the news.
“My parents were so excited, there was a lot of emotion,” said Fix-Wolansky. “Having my name be called in the Draft made me think a lot about all the sacrifices my parents have made over the years to help me get to this point. There’s a lot of work ahead for me in my career; this was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget.”
What made the entire day even sweeter was getting to share in the good news with some of his closest friends from home.
“I was actually sitting at home and getting ready to go golfing with some buddies when I got the news,” said Fix-Wolansky. “It definitely made my round that much better and it was nice to be able to enjoy this moment with some of my closest friends.”
Having your hockey dreams actualized is an opportunity that players work for their entire career. Fix-Wolansky can now reflect on all of the hard work that has paid off.
“I’m still trying to let this all sink in and process what happened, but it’s pretty surreal,” said Fix-Wolansky. “This is something I’ve worked towards my whole life, to be drafted by an NHL team. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.”