(Note: This is the fourth of a five part series on the Tulsa Oilers 2009-10 training camp)
Among the new faces at the Tulsa Oilers training camp as they prepare for their 18th Central Hockey League season will be several forwards that have made their mark in Europe, but have their roots in North America.
Even though some of them may have been playing across the pond, coach Bruce Ramsay is familiar with them, and likes the line up heading into training camp.
Rob Hisey has packed a ton of experience into his career for someone who just
turned 25. Ramsay became familiar with the 5-foot-8, 170 pound center when he joined his Port Huron team for the 2003-04 United Hockey league playoffs when he was only 19. In six playoff games that year he had three goals and six assists for nine points.
“He’s a first line center with extreme upside,” Ramsay said. “He’s got a lot of experience.”
Hisey spent part of the preseason in training camp for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Another top flight scorer coming back to North America from Europe is T.J. Caig, who played college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth before starting his pro career overseas. He has had seasons of 83 points in 40 games; 69 points in 48 games; and 43 points in only 26 games.
“He’s extremely talented offensively and is a premier type scorer,” Ramsay said. “He broke Paul Kariya’s Tier II scoring record at Penticton, so that gives you an idea of what he’s capable of.”
Closer to home, Ramsay is also glad to have Adam Bartholomay, Alec Kirshner, and David Segal, all of whom played for him in Muskegon, in the Oilers training camp.
Don’t try to pigeon hole Bartholomay. “Talk about a versatile player,” Ramsay said. “There were times I’d play him one shift at forward and then the next shift on defense.” And with that, Bartholomay was second on Muskegon last season at +15.
Kirshner is an energy type player who is an effective penalty killer with good speed. Ramsay compares him to Dallas Steward, the former Oiler fan favorite who is also back in Tulsa’s training camp this season.
Segal has a toughness that belies his 5-foot-10, 170 pound frame. “He’ll fight anyone. He’s one of the toughest characters I know,” Ramsay said. His 277 penalty minutes and 30 majors in 2007-08 attest to that.
Domenic Maiani played most of last season (his first full pro season) in Rocky Mountain where he was a teammate of Oilers player assistant coach Tyler Butler. He’s a solid two way player who Ramsay says has outstanding potential.
The Oilers begin training camp on Monday October 5th. They will have an intra squad game on Tuesday October 6th at the Oilers Ice Center (64th and Mingo) at 7 p.m. That game will be free to season ticket holders and $10 for non season ticket holders.
The Oilers start the CHL regular season on Friday October 16th at Mississippi. The home opener for the Oilers in their 18th CHL season will be Saturday October 24th at 7:35 against the Wichita Thunder.
Oct 24 2009 7:35PM
Tulsa, OK USA
Season tickets for the Oilers 2009-10 season in the BOK Center are available by calling the Oilers at (918) 632-PUCK (7825).