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Blue Team Earns 4-3 Shootout Win In Oilers Alumni Game

TULSA, OK – The fourth annual Oilers Alumni Game ended in thrilling fashion on Saturday night as the Blue Team skated away with a 4-3 shootout victory over the White Team at the Oilers Ice Center.  Forward Todd Marcellus, who played for the Oilers from 2002-2005, chipped in a goal, an assist, and a shootout goal to earn MVP honors.

Right wing Ryan Cramer, who is entering his second season in Tulsa, started the scoring for the White Team when he redirected a slapshot from Craig Lochhead (1998-99) into the back of the net.  Marcellus tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period after being set up by former Oilers General Manager Corey MacIntyre and Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay.

At the 11:25 mark of the second period, Craig Hamelin (1995-96, 1999-01), who averaged better than a point per game in his three seasons with the Oilers, buried a Marcellus pass to give the Blue Team a 2-1 edge heading into the third period.

Early in the final frame, Chris Simms (1997-98, 2003-04) provided a two-goal cushion for the Blue Team on assists from Klage Kaebel (2001-06) and Curtis Voth (1998-01, 2005-08).  Michel Beausoleil and Troy Caley (1999-04) rallied the White Team with a pair of goals in the span of 65 seconds to force a decisive shootout.

With the shootout tied at 2-2, Marcellus was able to poke the puck underneath White Team goalie Brian George and after another fine save by Blue Team netminder Rob Mattison, Hamelin tallied the clinching goal.

The Alumni Game featured Oilers players from six different decades and the rosters combined for 1,315 games of NHL experience.  Defenseman and current Tulsa captain Tyler Fleck played alongside his dad, Allan Fleck, while Blue Team Head Coach Chris Lincoln improved his Alumni Game record to a perfect 3-0.

The Oilers would like to thank all the players who returned to Tulsa to make this game a success as well as all the loyal Oilers fans for their continued support!  Special thanks to Alumni Game sponsors Budweiser, Woody’s Corner Bar, Wyndham Hotel, Papa John’s, Urban Tulsa Weekly, and Z-104.5 The Edge.

2012 Oilers Alumni Game players and coaches (photo by Les Stockton)

 

Tyler Fleck (left) with his father, Allan Fleck who played one game for the Oilers in 1975 (photo by Les Stockton)

Oilers Alumni Game Rosters Set

The Oilers Alumni Game is Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center (64th and Mingo). Tickets are $10 for season ticket holders who purchase tickets before the day of the game, $15 for non-season ticket holders before the day of the game, and $20 for everyone on the day of the game.  For more information call 918-632-PUCK.

Local Legend Doug Lawrence To Appear In Alumni Game

TULSA, OK – Doug Lawrence, one of the toughest, most skilled, and most popular players in the history of the Tulsa Oilers, will be back on the ice this Saturday in the fourth annual Oilers Alumni Game.

“I’ve got lots of rust to shake off because I haven’t skated in probably three years,” said Lawrence who will wear his familiar #9 on the Oilers White Team.  “I like seeing the boys and I enjoy the fans so it should be fun but when it comes down to it, I want to win.  I don’t like doing anything without a chance of winning.”

Lawrence brought the same mentality to Tulsa when he was traded from Mississippi 19 games into the 1992-93 season.  The 24-year old out of Richmond, British Columbia quickly endeared himself to fans and teammates with 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 38 games.  Lawrence chipped in another 18 points in the postseason and helped lead to the Oilers to the CHL Championship.

In 1996-97, Lawrence enjoyed his best season with the Oilers when he set franchise records for points in a season (127) and assists in a season (100).  The man affectionately known as “Dougie” still holds CHL records for career assists (684) and penalty minutes (2109).

“I liked making a nice pass and seeing guys put the puck in the net,” Lawrence said.  “I ended up with a lot of assists, but I was pretty fortunate to play with guys like Sly Naud and Luc Beausoleil who made me look good.”

Oilers fans were consistently awed by Lawrence’s playmaking ability but they fell in love with his tenacity.

“I played the game hard, I’m kind of old school and I think the fans appreciated that,” remembered Lawrence.  “I always went out and tried to perform for them and they appreciate that kind of work ethic.  I was a hard-nosed, team first kind of guy, and if I had to fight, I’d fight.”

Lawrence devoted 16 years to a prolific pro career that spanned ten teams in six leagues.  Now 44 and living in Tulsa, Lawrence remains closely tied to the Oilers organization and is thoroughly enjoying life after hockey.

“I felt the itch a little bit after I retired but when it came down to it, the decision to walk away was about my family and my kids,” said Lawrence.  “I haven’t missed hockey at all, I really love the other side of my life now, it’s awesome.”

The Oilers Alumni Game is Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center (64th and Mingo). Tickets are $10 for season ticket holders who purchase tickets before the day of the game, $15 for non-season ticket holders before the day of the game, and $20 for everyone on the day of the game.

For more information call 918-632-PUCK and check back to tulsaoilers.com for more announcements about Alumni Game players.

Doug Lawrence at his jersey retirement ceremony with Oilers GM Taylor Hall and Oilers Owner Jeff Lund.

 

Standish Still Has Something To Prove, Signs With Oilers

TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers are pleased to announce the signing of veteran forward Marty Standish for the upcoming 2012-13 season.  Standish will be entering his fourth year with the Oilers and his fourteenth season as a professional.

Last season Standish chipped in six goals and tied for second on team with 30 assists.  The 5’7” 160-pound center anchored the Oilers penalty kill and consistently shut down the opposition’s top line.  Since joining the Oilers in 2009, Standish has been a reliable presence in the lineup, missing only 16 games over the last three seasons.  A leader in the locker room and a favorite among faithful Oilers fans, the 34-year old Standish still feels the itch to continue his career.

“I keep waiting for it to go away but it doesn’t,” laughed Standish.  “It’s always a tough decision because I’m getting older but it’s hard to give up something I’ve been doing my whole life.  I still love it and I still think I can help this team.”

“Marty is a consummate leader and he’s always been one of the hardest working players on our team,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay.  “He’s one of the best penalty killers in our league, he’s a great faceoff guy, he’s just a great teammate and he understands his role.”

That role has changed for Standish since his days with the Oklahoma City Blazers.  In 2000-01, Standish burst onto the CHL scene with 87 points (43 goals, 44 assists) in 63 games and helped the Blazers win a championship.  These days, the Kelvington, Saskatchewan native isn’t expected to put the puck in the net but knows he still plays a vital part in the Oilers success.

“I know I’m more of a defensive guy now,” said Standish, who has suited up for 824 pro games.  “It may not always be appreciated by the fans but I know it’s appreciated by my coach and my teammates.  As time goes on, that’s what happens to all players, you have to adapt your game.”

The 2011-12 campaign ended in disappointment for the Oilers as they finished just five points out of the final playoff spot in the Berry Conference.  Standish, along with fellow veterans Tyler Fleck, Gio Flamminio, and Michel Beausoleil, is hungry to make one more run at a CHL title before he’s satisfied with hanging up the skates.

“There’s a lot of motivation for me and the older guys on the team going into this season,” said Standish.  “There’s definitely something we want to prove and for me, it’d be the icing on the cake to my career to go through another run with those guys.”

Standish will be one of many current Oilers participating in Saturday’s fourth annual Alumni Game at 7 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center.  Tickets for the Alumni Game are sale now at the Oilers office (9128 E. 46th St. Tulsa, OK 74145).  Prices are $10 for season tickets holders, $15 for non-season ticket holders, and $20 for all fans if purchased the day of the game.

Tickets are also on sale for the Oilers home opener which is set for Friday, October 26.

Flecks Turning Alumni Game Into Family Affair

TULSA, OK – In a tiny town in southeast Saskatchewan, a father shared his love of hockey with his son.  Now, nearly three decades after lacing up his son’s skates for the first time, the father and son will play together as members of the Tulsa Oilers hockey family.

Tyler Fleck and his father, Allan, will skate side-by-side on the Blue Team in the fourth annual Oilers Alumni Game.

“It’s awesome, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Tyler, a two-time Central Hockey Leauge All-Star.  “It doesn’t happen to many fathers and sons to be a part of the same organization so we’re fortunate for sure.  This is a pretty rare deal and it’s pretty neat.”

“It’s always special to see Tyler play, but it’ll be more special to play alongside him,” remarked Allan, who travels to several of Tyler’s games throughout the season.  “I’ve wanted to play in this game for a while, and it just happened to work out perfectly this year.”

Tyler, a 33-year old defenseman, is entering his 14th season of pro hockey and his fourth season as a member of the Oilers.  The Tulsa captain is third all-time in the CHL with 714 games played.

Allan’s history with the Oilers is slightly shorter.

In 1975, 20-year old Allan was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks and sent to their farm team, the Tulsa Oilers.  Fleck played the exhibition season for the Oilers and suited up for one regular season game before being shipped to Fort Wayne of the IHL.

“I wasn’t there very long, but I remember being in that old rink in Tulsa and thinking, ‘this is unreal’,” recalled the elder Fleck.  “As a first year pro player, the atmosphere was overwhelming for me.  It was totally different than what I was used to in juniors and even though I was only there for a short time, I remember Tulsa as a special place with good people.”

Tyler’s tendency of following in his dad’s footsteps began long before 2009 when he put on an Oilers jersey for the first time.  In 1973, Allan played for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and 25 years later, Tyler became a Bruin and made the Flecks the first father and son pair to play in the SJHL.

Allan, who played left wing throughout most of his career, was able to pass along his skills to Tyler along with his style and overall approach to the game.

“Tyler became a lot like me I guess,” Allan said with a laugh.  “I never did score many goals, but I killed a lot of penalties and I blocked a lot of shots.  I think I taught him the defensive part of the game and to always stand up for your teammates.”

“I definitely take after the old man, there’s no question about that,” joked Tyler.

Now 56, Allan works as a maintenance coordinator in the Saskatchewan oil fields.  Every summer, he helps Tyler run Flecks Canadian Supercamp in Estevan.  There, father and son instruct the next generation of hockey players while sharing a special bond.

A bond created by blood and made stronger by ice.

Tickets to the Oilers Alumni Game are $10 for season ticket holders who purchase tickets before the day of the game, $15 for non-season ticket holders before the day of the game, and $20 for everyone on the day of the game.

For more information call 918-632-PUCK and check back to tulsaoilers.com for more announcements about Alumni Game players.

Oilers, Whataburger Collecting Donations for Fire Relief at Alumni Game

This Saturday’s fourth annual Oilers Alumni Game is not only a chance for hockey fans to see Oilers legends on the ice, but an opportunity to help the people in Creek County who have lost their homes in the devastating wildfires.

The Oilers are teaming up with Whataburger to collect much needed donations for the people of Mannford.  The first 200 fans who drop off an item at the Alumni Game will receive a Whataburger coupon.  The game begins at 7 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center located at 64th and Mingo.

Here is a list of items the Oilers will be collecting:

  • Tools – shovels, rakes, etc.
  • Cleaning utensils and supplies – brooms, dust pans, Comet, Windex, etc.
  • Non-perishable food and snacks
  • Toiletries – shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, bug spray, etc.
  • Paper products – toilet paper, paper towels, tissue, etc.
  • Kitchen products -  ziploc bags, aluminum foil, trash bags, etc.

 

On Monday, August 27, all of the donated items will be delivered to the Friendship Community Church of Mannford where they will be distributed to the people who need them most.

The Oilers and Whataburger would like to thank everyone in advance for helping our neighbors in need!

Tickets to the Oilers Alumni Game are $10 for season ticket holders who purchase tickets before the day of the game, $15 for non-season ticket holders before the day of the game, and $20 for everyone on the day of the game.

For more information call 918-632-PUCK and check back to tulsaoilers.com for more Alumni Game announcements.

 

Veteran Beausoleil Returns For Fifth Season In Tulsa

TULSA, OK – A familiar fan favorite will be back on ice at the BOK Center during the 2012-13 season.  Veteran forward Michel Beausoleil has re-signed with the Tulsa Oilers.

Beausoleil, 32, enters his twelfth season as a professional and his fifth as a member of the Oilers.  The 5’10” 192-pound right wing has 205 games in a Tulsa uniform, more than any other player on the Oilers roster.

Last season, Beausoleil finished fourth on the team with 48 points and reached the 20-goal mark for a third straight season and the eighth time in his career.

“I’m really happy to be coming back,” said Beausoleil.  “I think we’ve signed some really good players in the off season and I think we’ll be able to make the playoffs and compete for a championship so it made my decision very easy.  I live here in Tulsa, I love this city, and I’m excited to get back out on the ice.”

“I know Michel is extremely loyal to our team and our city and he wants to win as much as anybody I know,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay.  “As he’s gotten older, he’s become more involved in the defensive side of the game and in our penalty kill.  He’s valuable for our team at both ends of the ice and we’re happy to have him back.”

Beausoleil, who is averaging nearly a point per game over the course of his career, registered his 600th point last season with an assist against Wichita.  The Montreal native provides a potent shot on the Oilers powerplay and even though he may be one of the elders in the Tulsa locker room, Beausoleil shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“I haven’t really thought about how long I want to play,” Beausoleil said.  “As long as I love the game and as long as I can go out there and compete with the younger guys, then I’ll keep going.  I hope this year I can be more consistent as a player and that we can be more consistent as a team.”

Beausoleil will be one of many current players to hit the ice for the fourth annual Oilers Alumni Game this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center (64th and Mingo).  Wednesday, Beausoleil and Oilers defenseman Sean Erickson will each throw out a first pitch at the Tulsa Drillers game at 7:05 p.m. at OneOk Field.

Tickets to the Oilers Alumni Game are $10 for season ticket holders who purchase tickets before the day of the game, $15 for non-season ticket holders before the day of the game, and $20 for everyone on the day of the game.

The Oilers home opener is October 26 and season tickets are on sale now.  For more information on pricing and group rates, call 918-632-PUCK.  Log on to www.tulsaoilers.com to stay up to date with player signings and announcements.

Country Star Jana Kramer Visits Oilers Ice Center

TULSA, OK – Before taking to the BOK Center stage to open for Brad Paisley last night, country music sensation Jana Kramer paid a visit to the Oilers Ice Center.

After being presented with an honorary Ice Girls jersey, Kramer laced up her figure skates and hit the ice with ten lucky contest winners from KVOO 98.5.  Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay was on hand with Oilers defenseman Sean Erickson and Junior Oilers Head Coach Zac Desjardins.  Kramer, whose hit “Why Ya Wanna” has climbed to #8 on Billboard’s Country Charts, gladly posed for pictures with the Oilers and gave a few tips to the less experienced skaters.

The Oilers would like to say thank you to Jana for a memorable afternoon at the rink!

Check out the pics below!

 

 

 

Naud and Hamelin Ready For Alumni Game

 

TULSA, OK – Sly Naud and Craig Hamelin, Tulsa teammates in the 1990′s, will be reunited on the ice at the fourth annual Oilers Alumni Game on Saturday, August 25th.

Naud arrived in Tulsa as a 22-year old and quickly became a star in the new CHL.  In the 1992-93 season, Naud led the Oilers with 87 points in the regular season.  The Quebec native chipped in another 19 points in the postseason as the Oilers took home the CHL championship.  As he looks back, Naud fondly remembers the success but was mostly struck by the transformation of Tulsa into a hockey-crazed city.

“When I stood on the blue line for the national anthem in front of 7,000 people, I could look up into the crowd and see so many faces I recognized,” said Naud.  “I had shaken hands or had a beer with so many of those people.   The fans adopted us, they made it feel like home, and I don’t think I paid for a meal the first five years I lived in Tulsa.”

Naud left Tulsa in 1996 and spent three seasons with the New Mexico Scorpions in the WPHL.  In 1999, he had the opportunity to return to the Oilers, and jumped at the chance.

“I always knew it was the best place for me because the Oilers always felt like family,” Naud said.  “A family doesn’t always get along but they love each other unconditionally and that’s how I would describe the Oilers.  We always found a way to support each other and thrive.  It wasn’t just about hockey, the Oilers took genuine care of me and my family.”

Naud suited up for 85 more games in an Oilers uniform and retired from hockey in 2001.  Now 42, Naud markets oil and gas and gives back to the game as the head coach of the Jenks High School hockey team.

Hamelin, who played three seasons with Naud in Tulsa and three seasons in New Mexico, came to the Oilers as a rookie prior to the 1995-96 season.  The 24-year old center adjusted to the pro game immediately and finished his first season with 58 points, the fifth highest total on the team.  Hamelin had a productive stint in the WPHL and returned to Tulsa in 1999.  The Ontario native played a key role in leading the Oilers to back-to-back playoff appearances before calling it a career in 2001.  Like Naud and many former Oilers, Hamelin decided to settle down in Tulsa.

“The people are friendly and kind and I’ll take 100-degree summers any day over cold, snowy winters in Canada,” said the 40-year old Hamelin.  “For me specifically, it was meeting my wife Shannon, so you can chalk up my reason under ‘Southern girl with a sweet Souther drawl.’”

For guys like Hamelin and Naud, the annual Alumni Game is much more than a chance to get back on the ice.

“Catching up with old teammates is what I look forward to the most,” remarked Hamelin.  “It’s great that the Oilers organization has taken the time and committed the resources to make this event happen.  They’ve done an amazing job with the previous alumni games and my family and I look forward to another great alumni weekend.”

Hamelin is the president and founder of Power Play, LLC.  He resides in Tulsa with his wife and two children, Gavin, and Leighton.  The Hamelin’s are expecting a baby boy in November.

Tickets to the Oilers Alumni Game are $10 for season ticket holders who purchase tickets before the day of the game, $15 for non-season ticket holders before the day of the game, and $20 for everyone on the day of the game.

For more information call 918-632-PUCK and check back to tulsaoilers.com for more announcements about Alumni Game players.

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Gusano’s Is Official Watch Party Location for 2012-13 Season!

Gusano’s Chicago-Style Pizzeria is the new home of the Oilers Watch Parties!

When the Oilers are on the road this season, you can head to Gusano’s to watch the game while enjoying the very best deep dish pizza in town.  Gusano’s also serves delicious salads and sandwiches in family-friendly, smoke-free environment.

Oilers fans who attended the Stanley Cup Watch Parties in June are already familiar with Gusano’s smiling staff and ideal sports-watching atmosphere.  With flatscreen TV’s on every wall, there isn’t a bad seat in the house!

Gusano’s is conveniently located in South Tulsa on the northeast corner of 101st Street and Mingo Road.  Bring the family and join your fellow Oilers fan at Gusano’s for all 33 road games.  Oilers staff members and Oilers Ice Girls will be on hand to give away prizes and you can test your hockey knowledge in the nightly trivia contest!

The Oilers would like to thank the staff and management at Gusano’s for their support of Tulsa Oilers hockey!