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Longtime Blaze defender, '20-21 captain Wilson off to University of Oklahoma

By Matt Mackinder, 04/07/21, 11:30AM EDT


The graduating captain of the Decatur Blaze will be lacing up the skates once again next season after recently committing to play college hockey for the University of Oklahoma.


“I lived in Oklahoma for eight years when I young, and it is where I learned to play hockey,” said Wilson. “The University of Oklahoma is my favorite school, so it seemed to be fate. 


“With my hard work ethic, I feel that I will be able to make an immediate impact on the ice. The most important thing for me will be getting my education, so I will be working even harder in my classes.”


Wilson said he’s looking at a major in history or sports management. 


“It won’t be easy replacing Cody’s skill set or leadership next season,” said Blaze coach-GM Zac Pearson. “Oklahoma is getting a top-notch player who will only back their defense better, and an even better person who will be an instant favorite with the team there.”


Wilson played three seasons in Decatur and won’t soon forget any one minute.


“The time that I spent in Decatur helped me grow as an individual on and off the ice to make this possible,” said Wilson. “I’d like to thank my parents and my family on helping me make this dream of playing and going to the University of Oklahoma even possible and I would also like to thank both of my (Decatur) coaches Zac Pearson and Alec Hernandez for furthering my skill and knowledge in hockey.”


As he departs to the next level, Wilson said he has messages for incoming Decatur players and returning players as well.


“What I would like to say to the incoming players is to work hard and better yourself every minute of the day, but also to have fun with your teammates and the coaches,” Wilson said. “To the returning players, I’d like to tell them is to lead by example for these incoming players and to show them what hard work and dedication looks like.”


(Photo by Shel Long)