Sean Erickson Returning to Tulsa for 2012-13 Season
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers announced today the signing of defenseman Sean Erickson for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Erickson, a Minnesota native, will suit up for the Oilers for a fourth straight season. During the 2011-12 campaign, Erickson scored 12 goals and recorded 25 assists while anchoring Tulsa’s top defensive pairing. On his way to a career-high 37 points, Erickson excelled on the Oilers power-play. The University of Connecticut product led all Tulsa defensemen with seven power-play goals and finished second on the team with 19 power-play points.
“It’s extremely important for our team to bring back Sean Erickson for another year,” said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “Sean has proven over and over again that he’s one of the best defenseman in the Central Hockey League. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in his abilities and he’s developed into a great leader for our team both on and off the ice.”
Last January, Erickson was called up to the AHL by the Oklahoma City Barons, affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. Erickson played one game on the Barons’ blue line and returned to the Oilers for the remainder of the season.
“Sean has a great sense for when to jump into the offensive fray,” Ramsay said. “He’s solid on defense, he’s confident with the puck on his stick, and even though he’s a defenseman, he can score goals when given the opportunity. It was no surprise to me at all when the Barons called for his services and I’m sure it won’t be the last time he gets a shot at the AHL level.”
Serving as the Oilers assistant captain, Erickson played in 54 of the 66 regular season contests and registered the game-winning goal in a 5-4 triumph at Allen on January 16.