Twenty-one-year-old Liam Rutten is now in his second season of playing for the Oxbow Huskies of the Big Six Hockey League.
The forward finished third on the team in scoring last year. He was one of the major reasons why the Huskies were able to a field a team in the Big Six after a two-year leave of absence.
Oxbow has started the season strong and is currently first In the league in winning percentage with an 8-1 record. They have already defeated the Carnduff Red Devils, Moosomin Rangers and Redvers Rockets on the road.
Huskies manager Rae Wright had nothing but praise for Rutten.
“Liam is a great kid and has a great work ethic. He is quiet but when something needs to be said in the dressing room, the team listens. A very coachable player who gives the Huskies 100 per cent effort on every shift.”
Rutten played his minor hockey in Alameda and played U15 AA and U18 AA in Estevan. He played U18 AAA in Tisdale and with the Weyburn Red Wings in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Despite living 10 kilometres north of Alameda, he is considered an elite player because he had played over 30 games with the Red Wings.
Rutten is really enjoying the 2022-23 season.
“We have a young, energetic and fast team. We have lots of players, solid goaltending and good coaching. We have a lot of talent on our team and all of us are really looking forward to the rest of the season and playoffs.”
The Huskies have also entered the Hockey Saskatchewan senior B provincial tournament.
Rutten lives on the farm with his parents Cory and Carri-Lee Rutten. He is apprenticing as a mechanic for Nelson Motors and Equipment in Oxbow.