Anyone who has watched his or her fair share of Boston Bruins games over the past few years remembers Oliver Wahlstrom, the undisputed champion of the TD Bank Mini 1-on-1 circuit.
The young phenom, who was just 9 years old when he made his debut on the Bruins’ intermission showcase, will be taking his talents to Hockey East — in 2019.
Wahlstrom, who now plays on the North Yarmouth Academy varsity team as a 13-year-old seventh grader, verbally committed to the University of Maine on Friday, becoming the nation’s youngest current NCAA hockey commit.
“Oliver is a very special player who has done well for us this year despite facing much older competition,” Eric Graham, Wahlstrom’s head coach at North Yarmouth, said in a statement. “… His skill set is exceptional, and his approach to the game is mature well beyond his years. As serious as he is about hockey, he has a pure love of the sport which becomes clear whenever he steps on the ice. He loves scoring goals, and he loves having the puck on his stick. The University of Maine has landed a great talent and person in Oliver Wahlstrom.”
It still will be a long, long time before Wahlstrom can suit up for the Black Bears, for whom his father, Joakim, also played in the late 1980s. In the meantime, take a look back at some of Wahlstrom’s ridiculous, lacrosse-style Mini 1-on-1 goals in the videos below.