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.