Owen MacNeil commits to Western Ontario

OKOTOKS, AB (March 13, 2024) — The Okotoks Oilers of the BCHL are proud to announce that 2003-born forward Owen MacNeil (Calgary, AB) has committed to attend and play for the University of Western Ontario, beginning in the 2024-25 season.

Located in London, Ontario, the Western Mustangs play in USports’ Ontario University Athletics (OUA) division under 25-year head coach Clarke Singer.

MacNeil, 20, is the Oilers’ sixth-highest scoring player this season, with a combined 50 points (12 goals, 38 assists) in 49 total games played. He joined the team after serving as captain of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) the year prior. In four full seasons with the Tigers and Spokane Chiefs, MacNeil recorded 60 points (19 goals, 41 assists) in 197 career games.

“This is a great fit for Owen and extremely well-deserved,” said Oilers head coach and general manager Tyler Deis. “When we signed Owen, we knew from Medicine Hat and from Willie Desjardins that he would play an important role for us both on and off the ice, and that’s exactly what he’s done for us this year.”

“He has had an extremely positive impact in our room and Western is going to benefit from his experience just as much as we have. We’re proud to be sending another Calgary kid on to an excellent school.”

A graduate of the Calgary Royals, MacNeil won a bronze medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games with Team Alberta.