Junior Oilers Name Head Coach

TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Junior Oilers, a new team in the Western States Hockey League, announced today the hiring of Zac Desjardins as head coach.

Desjardins, 32, comes to the Oilers from Denver, Colorado where he has been a hockey camp coordinator and instructor for some of the top junior hockey talent in the region.  Born in Calgary, Alberta, Desjardins has spent most of his life in Colorado and has been an integral part of recruiting and developing junior hockey talent through the Under Armour Hockey Showcase and the USJDP Junior Prep Camp.

“Zac is very well-connected in the junior hockey community and we are thrilled to have him on board as the first Junior Oilers head coach,” said Taylor Hall, Oilers General Manager.  “He has a great eye for talent and I’m sure he’s going to put together an exciting team here in Tulsa.”

After playing junior hockey in the SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) and the AWHL (American West Hockey League, Desjardins began his coaching career at Kent State University.  In 2007, Desjardins earned his first junior coaching job as an assistant for the Cambellton (NB) Tigers of the Maritimes Junior Hockey League in Eastern Canada.  He took an assistant coaching position in 2008 with the Kenai River (AK) Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League and was named the Head Coach of the San Antonio Diablos (WSHL) in 2009.

“I’m really looking forward to my time in Tulsa because there is already a great hockey tradition in place,” said Desjardins.  “I want to build on that tradition through my passion of teaching kids the game of hockey.  I want to help our players achieve their goals on the ice, but also in life.”

The Junior Oilers will open the 2012-13 season in September and will play their home games at the newly renovated Oilers Ice Center.

For more information on the Junior Oilers please contact the Tulsa Oilers at 918-632-7825 or log on to www.tulsajuniorhockey.com

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