Schneider Signs With Oilers, Joins Former Teammates
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers have bolstered their blue line with the signing of defenseman Nick Schneider for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Last season, Schneider played in 39 games as a member of the Evansville Icemen before being dealt to the Dayton Gems at the trade deadline. With the two Turner Conference clubs, the 5’9” 175-pound Schneider recorded a total of three goals, 16 assists, and a +2 rating.
“When I played against Tulsa, I was always really impressed,” said Schneider. “It seems like a great arena and I could tell the fans there are very supportive of their team. I liked the whole atmosphere and I think we’ll have a talented team this season.”
“Nick is an extremely hard worker and in my mind, he was one of the most reliable defenseman in our league last season,” remarked Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “He was very highly recommended by all the coaches I spoke with and his four years of pro experience will be a big asset to our club.”
Schneider, a Minnesota native, began his professional career in 2009 with the Battle Creek Revolution of the All-American Hockey League. The 27-year old went on to play for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the IHL before landing in Evansville prior to the 2010-11 season. In his first year with the Icemen, Schneider registered a career-high 18 points in 64 games.
“I’m not going to do anything too flashy, but I feel like I’m a responsible player at both ends of the ice,” said Schneider. “I want to play smart, move the puck, make a good first pass to our forwards and I’ll definitely throw my weight around when I can.”
The move to Tulsa means Schneider will be re-united with current Oilers defenseman Sean Erickson. The pair played four years of college hockey together at the University of Connecticut. Schneider also played with Oilers forward Michel Beausoleil in Muskegon and got to know newly signed goaltender Larry Sterling during their time in Dayton.
“Talking with those guys and knowing they were going to be a part of the Oilers, made my decision pretty easy,” Schneider said. “It’s going to be nice to have those familiar faces in the locker room and I’m looking forward to playing with those guys again.”