January 12

Young, talented and committed to UMaine hockey

A seventh-grader who starts for the NYA varsity plans to be a Black Bear in six years.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Oliver Whalstrom, who plays forward for North Yarmouth Academy varsity, says he is committed to play for the University of Maine men's hockey team beginning in the 2019-20 season.

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Wahlstrom said his father first put him on skates when he was a year old and could not stay up. By 3, he was able to stay on his feet and skate around the rink

“I started playing competitively when I was 6 or 7 with boys a year older than me,” he said. He has played since in numerous youth leagues.

Wahlstrom’s coach at North Yarmouth Academy, Eric Graham, said it’s been a lot of fun working with Oliver, seeing him improve with every game he plays as he adjusts to the prep school level.

“He wants to compete. He wants to find out what he can do,” Graham said. “He stands out in a lot of ways.”

Graham said most 13-year-olds would be too young to make such a decision, but not Oliver.

“For a lot of kids, I would say yes, it’s too young, too early,” Graham said. “But having known Oliver, to see how he plays, to see how he handles himself with the media, he is not a typical 13-year-old. He thinks it’s the best place in the world for his development. I think he’s known this and had this as a goal for quite a while.”

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