Beauregard Still Has Passion To Play, Signs With Oilers
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers are bringing back a fan favorite and one of the top goal scorers in minor league hockey with the signing of David Alexandre Beauregard for the 2012-13 season.
Beauregard, a 1994 draft pick of the San Jose Sharks, has tallied 576 goals while playing in nine leagues and four countries over the span of a 16-year professional career. The 36-year old spent the last two seasons helping the Nottingham Panthers of the English League win back-to-back championships.
“Tulsa is my home and I have so many good memories from playing here before,” said Beauregard. “I’m very excited to be an Oiler again because I know so many people here, I know many of the players on the team and I’m expecting it to be a great year.”
“David is a great addition to our team,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “He’s a proven winner and a proven goal-scorer and I know his leadership will be a huge contribution to our club. We’re thrilled to have him back in Tulsa.”
In Beauregard’s first year in Tulsa (2006-07), the left-winger poured in 39 goals and registered 32 assists in 64 games. The following season, Beauregard continued his torrid scoring pace with 35 goals and 36 assists. Beauregard left the Oilers to play in England and Italy but returned to Tulsa for 16 games during the 2009-10 season. Already a seasoned veteran in his first tour with Tulsa, this time around, Beauregard will be the oldest player on the Oilers roster.
“It’s not about the age, it’s all about the passion and I still have the passion for the game,” Beauregard said. “If I didn’t think I could help the team, I wouldn’t have signed but I think I can still score a few goals and I’ll be able to help our young guys. I’m probably not going to have 40 goals and 100 points, but I just want to win, I want to have fun, and I want to help everybody.”
After starting his professional career in 1996 with the AHL’s Kentucky Thoroughblades, Beauregard got his first taste of the CHL when he arrived in Wichita in 1997. In 57 games with the Thunder, Beauregard put up 71 points (42 goals, 29 assists) and earned Rookie of the Year honors. In 13 of the next 14 seasons, Beauregard scored 25 or more goals and reached the 50-goal plateau three times. His attitude and demeanor on the ice earned the respect of his opponents, and in 2007-08, Beauregard was named the CHL’s Most Gentlemanly Player.
“I’m a guy who gets along with almost everyone,” said Beauregard. “Right now we have a great group of guys on this team who like to compete so I can’t wait to get this season going.”
The Oilers open the regular season at Wichita on Saturday, October 20th and play their home opener against Quad City on Friday, October 26th at 7:35 p.m. Season tickets and starter packs are on sale now. Call 918-632-PUCK or log on to www.tulsaoilers.com for more information.