SPRINGFIELD, MO â€“ Tulsa Oilers veteran defenseman, Sam Hiserodt, is the latest to sign his letter of intent with the Missouri State Bears hockey team. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has spent the last four seasons with his home town team in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).
The 6â€™2 defenseman racked up 51 points and 174 PIMs during his last two seasons with the Jr Oilers.
While playing for Tulsa, Hiserodt was named WSHL Player of the Week several times and was also named to the WSHL All Star Team last season.
Hiserodt describes himself as a two-way defenseman that will play physical in the defensive zone and also contribute on the stat sheet. â€œI am a big body that will play a physical style who tries to make smart hockey plays.â€
The Bears are excited about Hiserodt’s leadership qualities. Being a veteran whom wore the C in junior hockey will translate very easily to the college game. â€œSam is a great kid and a great hockey player. He works hard every time he’s on the ice and is a great leader. I couldn’t be more proud of a young man. He comes to the rink every day wanting to be better than the day before. He will be greatly missed in Tulsa,â€ said Jr Oilers Head Coach Marty Magers.
The inviting atmosphere of Mediacom Ice Park and the Springfield community is what enticed Hiserodt to sign his letter of intent with the Bears. â€œMissouri State just felt right to me. It was a very inviting feeling when Coach Bucher took me on a tour when we (Tulsa Jr Oilers) were playing the (Springfield) Express,â€ said Hiserodt.
We asked Sam what he is going to bring to the Bears to become a fan favorite in front of the best fans in the ACHA and he responded: â€œFans love physical play. We had loyal fans in Tulsa and our whole division would bring in a lot of fans for each game. Itâ€™s going to get rowdy.â€
â€œMy number one priority is earning a college degree,â€™ Sam is planning on majoring in physical therapy.` I also want to win a national championshipâ€™.â€
Sam enjoys golfing and fishing in his free time. â€œThereâ€™s not much else to do in Oklahoma besides golf and go to the lake,â€ said Hiserodt.
Hiserodt is the 13th player to commit to Missouri State for the 2016 recruiting class. He is joined by Craig Berry (D), Carson Comar (F), Jordy Bratton (F), Brady Griffin (G), Brendan Shuck (G), Austin Davis (F), Chadd Lounder (F), Hunter Saunders (F), Patrik Johannson (D), Chris Brown (D), Jake Champaign (F), and Brian Schumacher (D).