By Suzie Cool (@SuzKewl) | Published on May 28, 2020
Imagine just getting done playing a hockey game – something you’ve done time and time again.
This game, though, ends in a loss, sending you and your teammates back to the locker room even hungrier for the next game. In the case of the Rochester Americans, that was supposed to be two days with a Friday night face-off against the Syracuse Crunch at The Blue Cross Arena.
But let’s pause because that Friday night matchup between the longtime rivals never happened and that’s all because of the news that the Amerks received just two days prior following their game against the Binghamton Devils.
“After the Binghamton game, we all saw on Twitter what was going on with the NBA. It started circulating around the locker and then there was just a lot of uncertainty,” stated Amerks forward Andrew Oglevie when asked about his initial reaction to the shutdown of the NBA season following that Mar. 11 matchup against Binghamton.
Fast forward to over two months later and it’s finally official that the 2019-20 AHL season has come to a close.
With players returning back to their offseason homes following the initial suspension of last season, it was no surprise to see the Amerks scattered all around the map figuring out their new normal over the past couple of months. For Oglevie, it was a little different as he’s originally from Fullerton, California, but the Amerks forward returned “back home” to Arizona where his parents now reside.
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“I’m actually out in Arizona. My parents have a place here now and I’m out here hanging with them and enjoying the nice warm weather,” said Oglevie when asked where he was going to spend his time during the offseason.
Luckily for Oglevie, his newfound offseason home has made for an easy transition when it comes to staying game ready come next year. As has been the case for some time now, all gyms and workout spaces remain closed, but because of the warm climate that the Amerks forward finds himself in, it seems he’s been on top of his game.
“I have the luxury of a big back yard to do some workouts. I’ve been doing a lot of yoga, a lot of body weight movements and strength training because I don’t have access to a gym and weights.”
On top of the at-home workouts, the second-year pro has stayed active by going on many hikes and fishing in his free time.
Since the AHL has officially determined there will be no continuation of the 2019-20 campaign, it’s time to start setting all sights onto next season. Before we get into that, though, this past year was one of redemption from the season prior for Oglevie. His rookie season was marred with a reoccurring upper-body injury, limiting him to just 28 games during the 2018-19 season.
Call the 2019-20 season a comeback kind of year for the second-year pro as he saw time in 55 games, tying for the team lead with 15 goals while adding 14 assists. Arguably, Oglevie’s best performance of the year came back on Nov. 30 when the Amerks took on the Cleveland Monsters and he helped propel his team to a 3-2 win with his first professional hat trick while single-handedly outscoring the Monsters.
It was right after that hat trick and a seven-game point streak that Oglevie admitted to having a chip on his shoulder when coming into 2019-20 so that he could prove just what he could add to this team.
“I think having that chip on my shoulder helped me out a lot this year. I didn’t get to play in a lot of games my first year, so I wanted to come out and prove what I could. Obviously, you’re never satisfied with what you do in a season, so I’m still going to go out there and work hard to do better next year.”
Oglevie may not be satisfied but his 15 goals were tied for the most on the team and he was the lone Amerk that notched a hat trick on the season.
Looking ahead to 2020-21, there’s a lot to be excited for when it comes to the Amerks forward. Oglevie will be embarking on his third full season with the club and over the offseason he plans to get stronger than seasons prior while working on his explosiveness and speed.
“As far as what I’m working on, obviously I’m going to get back into the gym and get bigger and stronger and I want to work on my explosiveness and speed. You can never get enough of that stuff.”
On top of improving his hockey skillset over the offseason, Oglevie wants nothing more than to be back here in Rochester come next season to be rejoined with his teammates at The Blue Cross Arena.
“I think everyone will have the same answer here but I’m just looking forward to getting back out on the ice with my teammates. It was a tough way to end this past season due to the unfortunate circumstances but I’m really excited to get back onto the ice, see all the guys in the locker room and get back to work.”