Welcome to the Big Stage
PENTICTON, BC – For Edmonton Oil Kings right-winger, Trey Fix-Wolansky the past 365 days have been a whirlwind.
Flashback almost one year ago to the day – the Oil Kings acquired a young Trey Fix-Wolansky from the Prince Albert Raiders on September 7, 2016. Today, Fix-Wolansky played his first game in an Edmonton Oilers jersey at the 2017 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC along with 29 other rookies participating in the Edmonton Oilers 2017 Rookie Camp.
“It’s surreal to think that at this time last year I wasn’t even a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings,” said Fix-Wolansky. “I think it kind of shows that perseverance is what it takes to bring everything to that next step.”
And perservere he has. Fix-Wolansky stepped into the Oil Kings organization as one of 17 rookies who played in the 2016-17 season and quickly made a name for himself. His success in Oil Kings silks came early, as he scored the first-ever goal at Rogers Place on September 24, 2016 in just his second regular season game. Fix-Wolansky played 70 games in his rookie year with the team, capturing 54 points (24 goals, a team record for a rookie, and 30 assists), finishing second on the team in points, goals and assists and just one shy of the franchise’s rookie scoring record.
“It’s surreal to think that at this time last year I wasn’t even a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings.”
This, all just a portion of what is on Fix-Wolansky’s hockey resume. The young offensive player was also named to the NHL Players to Watch list in November. As Fix-Wolansky sits in the dressing room alongside Oil Kings teammate, Davis Koch, he recognizes the opportunity that lies in front of him getting the chance to suit up for the Oilers organization,
“It’s a learning experience,” said Fix-Wolansky. “I’m trying my best to take it all in and take as much as I can from my time at the Oilers Rookie Camp back to the Oil Kings.”
At just 18 years of age, Fix-Wolansky is one of the youngest attendees at this year’s Oilers Rookie Camp, but does not allow that factor to play against him.
“Camp is really competitive,” said Fix-Wolansky. “I have to play my game. I need to continue to feed off the guys that are on my line and hope that we can continue to make chemistry.”
Despite entering just his second season with the Oil Kings, Fix-Wolansky hopes that his experience at the Oilers Rookie camp can translate into more of a leadership role in the fall.
“This upcoming season, I want to build off of last year. It’s a pretty young team again so I think bringing back this experience and sharing what I learn with everyone in that room will be a big benefit.”
“Going out onto the ice tonight, wearing that Oilers jersey it kind of sunk in like ‘Hey, I’m really here’.”
Now, Fix-Wolansky can add another mark to his hockey resume as he played his first game as an Oilers Rookie at the Young Stars Classic. Coming off the ice, Fix-Wolansky is all smiles.
“I tried to play a smart simple game out there tonight,” said Fix-Wolansky.
“This was a very surreal moment for me. Growing up in Spruce Grove, I always wanted to play for the Oilers. Going out onto the ice tonight, wearing that Oilers jersey it kind of sunk in like ‘Hey, I’m really here.’’
Heading into the remainder of the weekend Fix-Wolansky’s mission is clear: keep playing strong and make the most of the experience.
Safe to say the future looks bright for Trey Fix-Wolansky.