High school hockey spotlight: Brett Oldaker
Brett Oldaker, sr., C, Canon-McMillan
Through the first month of the PIHL season, Canon-McMillan, led by Oldaker, has been proving that last season’s Penguins Cup Class AAA championship wasn’t a fluke. The Big Macs won the title as a No. 8 seed last spring, but, with an unbeaten mark of 6-0, they’ve had the look of a top-ranked team. For the second year in a row, Oldaker is leading Canon-McMillan in scoring, with 18 points (7 goals, 11 assists). He’s also standing out as a forward on the Pittsburgh Viper Stars AAA 18-U team, which won the United State Hockey League Midget Showcase Tournament in Indianapolis last weekend.
Q: Last year’s team lost 11 seniors, but how have the Big Macs been able to deal with the turnover?
A: “It’s just that this year we know what we did last year. After realizing what we did last year, we just have the focus, the teamwork to get back there.”
Q: What’s it like playing as favorites, instead of under the radar?
A: “It’s tougher. It’s definitely harder to be at the top, but we know every game we play we’re going to have a target on our back.”
Q: Is it fun having that target on your back?
A: “Absolutely. It’s always a challenge, but I enjoy competition and having the other teams trying to win just like we want to win.”
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the rink?
A: “I’ve only done it once — and I still say it’s a hobby — but I enjoy skiing. And I like to do things on the computer, as far as designing and creating logos. … I find that interesting, when I go to college it’s definitely an option for me to pursue.”