“Evan Oberg, who closed out his Canadian junior league playing days…by being bestowed with the Top Defenseman Award at the prestigious Royal Bank Cup, has signed a national letter of intent to attend and play hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007-08.”
That was the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s press release published on July 31, 2007.
“A 6-0, 180-pound native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg helped lead the Alberta Junior Hockey League playoff titleholder Camrose Kodiaks to the semifinal round of the Royal Bank Cup (Canada Junior A championships) while topping all Kodiak blueliners in post-season points with 14 in 16 games.
During the 2006-07 regular season, his second in Camrose, Oberg scored nine goals — six of which came on the power play — and added 14 assists for 23 points in 52 games.”
“He…started well as a UMD freshman,” wrote the Duluth News Tribune, “as the Bulldogs went 4-1-1 in his first six games in 2007-08. But in an accident at practice, he fractured a leg and considered a medical red-shirt season, before eventually choosing to return for the final 18 games.”
The following Minnesota Bulldogs press release was released on April 10, 2009.
“Oberg…placed second among Bulldog blueliners in scoring this past winter with seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points — a 24-point increase from his injury-riddled rookie year — while skating in all 43 games. He played some of his best hockey down the stretch and scored the memorable game-tying goal (with 0.8 seconds left in regulation) in UMD’s 5-4 overtime victory over Princeton University on March 27 en route to attaining NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team recognition.”
On April 29, 2009 the Canucks/Moose released the following:
“Evan Oberg recently ran the gauntlet of medical testing and will join the Manitoba Moose today for the AHL playoffs.
The 21-year-old was signed to a two-way deal by the Vancouver Canucks on April 10 and the University of Minnesota-Duluth defenceman fills a depth void in the organization.”
“I could tell as the season went on that I was improving, as I finally got a full-season under my belt,” said Oberg. “I felt more and more comfortable. This is the most confident I’ve been and the best I’ve ever played. My improvement is a testament to our coaching staff and playing on such a good team.”
“Evan had ups and downs this season,” said UMD coach Scott Sandelin, “but at the end he was playing better, and better, and better. This is what [athletes] play for, to get the opportunity to play as a professional, and now he has that chance.”
It should be noted that Evan Oberg’s playing weight was listed as 180 pounds while he was playing in Minnesota, but was down to 165 by the time he had travelled north to Manitoba.
Evan would have been placed on a Dave Gagner training program as soon as he arrived in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg/Vancouver’s other tryouts may be seen in our spreadsheet.