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Jeff Lund To Be Inducted Into CHL Hall of Fame

Jeff Lund (right), long-time Oilers owner and CHL executive, is one of two members of the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Jeff Lund (right), long-time Oilers owner and CHL executive, is one of two members of the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today that Jeff Lund, the Tulsa Oilers former General Manager, President, and Owner, will be inducted into the CHL Hall of Fame. Lund joins Travis Clayton, the CHL leader in all-time games played, in the CHL Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Lund’s selection to the Hall of Fame comes on the heels of a 21-year career of leadership in the Oilers organization and service to the Central Hockey League.

From 1992-99, Lund served as the Oilers General Manager and guided the club through the CHL’s re-birth while overseeing all day-to-day operations. Under Lund’s direction, the Oilers won the 1992-93 CHL Championship and went on to six straight postseason appearances. During Lund’s tenure as General Manager, the Oilers averaged more than 5,500 fans per game.

Lund purchased the Oilers in 1999 and served as team President until 2013, helping the Oilers rank in the top half of the league in attendance for 20 consecutive seasons. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Lund secured a stable and profitable future for the Oilers by negotiating a successful transition from the Tulsa Convention Center to the brand new BOK Center, one of the most outstanding sports facilities in the entire country. During Lund’s tenure, the Oilers welcomed more than 500,000 fans into the new downtown arena and in his

After winning his battle against cancer in 2009, Lund was awarded the Rick Kozuback Award for perseverance, determination, and commitment to the game of hockey.

Lund served as the President of the Wichita Thunder from 2008 to 2011 and was a long-time member of the CHL’s Board of Directors. As part of the CHL’s executive bargaining committee, Lund played an integral role in helping the league negotiate the CHL’s first Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Over more than two decades of involvement in minor league hockey, Lund helped to transform the Oilers into model for other organizations to follow and worked tirelessly to ensure that the CHL could continue to provide the very best experience for its fans, players, and owners.

In the summer of 2013, Lund sold the Oilers to Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC but continues to be involved in the growth of hockey in the Tulsa community. Lund is the owner of the Oilers Ice Center, a public skating facility that serves as a practice rink for the Oilers, Junior Oilers, and all of Tulsa’s competitive youth hockey programs.

Lund, who will join his nephew Brad Lund (Class of 2013) in the CHL Hall of Fame, is part of the CHL’s third Hall of Fame class and will be inducted in the “Builder” category.

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Oilers Legend Doug Lawrence Selected To CHL Hall of Fame

GLENDALE, AZ – The Central Hockey League announced today the selection of former Oilers forward Doug Lawrence as one of five members of the ‘Class of 2013’ of the CHL Hall of Fame.  Lawrence will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in May along with Hardy Sauter, Doug Sauter, Tom Berry, and Brad Lund.

Arguably, the most popular and most recognizable player to ever put on an Oilers jersey, Lawrence spent nine seasons in Tulsa from 1992-2002.  Known for his toughness, loved by fans for his tenacity, and revered around the league for his skill, the Richmond, British Columbia native played a key role in leading the Oilers to the 1992-93 CHL Championship.  In Tulsa’s run to a title, Lawrence recorded 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 38 regular season games.  He posted 18 points in the postseason which culminated with Tulsa’s 4-1 series victory over the rival Oklahoma City Blazers.

“Doug Lawrence was the heart and soul of this franchise for many years and one of the main reasons we won that championship,” said Oilers owner and President, Jeff Lund.  “I can’t think of any player who has ever come close to being as popular as he was with our fans.  He was an amazing talent who did absolutely whatever it took to win and there is no one more deserving of a Hall of Fame induction than Doug Lawrence.”

Over the next decade, the man who became known simply as “Dougie” would be the face of the Oilers franchise.   Lawrence played 428 games in a Tulsa uniform and also spent brief period of time with the Memphis Riverkings (1992), the Oklahoma City Blazers (1995-96), and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (1999-00).  Lawrence ranks number one all-time in the CHL with 684 career assists and tops the league charts with 2,109 penalty minutes.  His 875 career points put him in fourth place on the CHL’s all-time points list and he still holds the CHL single season assist record with 100 helpers during the 1996-97 campaign.

“I always remember Garry Unger (former Oilers Head Coach) telling me to enjoy every moment and to play as long as you can and that’s what I did,” Lawrence said.  ”I liked winning titles, but I just really liked competing and I was lucky enough to not only win but to meet a lot of great people along the way.”

A three-time CHL All-Star (1998, 1999, and 2000), Lawrence tallied 127 points in 1996-97, tying him with former teammate Luc Beausoleil for the Oilers single season record.   Four times as an Oiler, Lawrence reached the 100-point plateau in a regular season and he helped lead Tulsa to seven playoff appearances.

On January 23, 2009, the Oilers retired Lawrence’s jersey.  A #9 banner hangs high in the rafters at the BOK Center as a constant reminder of Lawrence’s contributions to the Oilers organization.

“I was fortunate to be in a great situation in all my seasons in Tulsa,” Lawrence recalled.  ”I wouldn’t have those kind of numbers if it weren’t for my teammates.  Sometimes all I had to do was give them the puck and they made me look good.  This Hall of Fame selection really isn’t about me, it’s about all the coaches and players that were right there with me.”

Today, Lawrence makes his home in Tulsa and remains a favorite son of all those who call themselves hockey fans in Northeast Oklahoma.

To read the Central Hockey League’s press release about the entire Hall of Fame Class of 2013, click here.

Doug Lawrence (middle) stands at center ice of the BOK Center with Oilers GM Taylor Hall (left) and Oilers President Jeff Lund (right) on January 23, 2009 for his jersey retirement ceremony.  Lawrence is the Oilers all-time leader in games played, assists, and penalty minutes.

Doug Lawrence (middle) stands at center ice of the BOK Center with Oilers GM Taylor Hall (left) and Oilers President Jeff Lund (right) on January 23, 2009 for his jersey retirement ceremony. Lawrence is the Oilers all-time leader in games played, assists, and penalty minutes.

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The Droid Diaries by Verizon – Behind The Mic: The Fashion Forward Oilers

Each week the Droid Diaries will feature a new blog entry by Oilers broadcaster, Rob Loeber.

All photos contained in the blog are from an LG Intuition 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless, a proud sponsor of Tulsa Oilers hockey.

BEHIND THE MIC – DECEMBER 27, 2012

THE FASHION FORWARD OILERS

The pinstripe jersey is most often associated with baseball teams like the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, but the pattern never made its way onto a hockey sweater until the Tulsa Oilers brought pinstripes to the ice.

In 1995, the Oilers became the first professional hockey team to wear pinstripes on their jerseys.  The vertical lines, combined with the new “Ice Man” logo in bold blue and orange, gave the Oilers a distinctive, eye-catching look.

Oilers President Jeff Lund, then general manager of the team, said the office staff took a vote and the pinstripe jersey was selected as the favorite.  In a Tulsa World article from 1995 by Glenn Hibdon, Lund said, “Garry (head coach Garry Unger) was very hesitant about it.  Some players like it and some don’t.  They like the logo, but they will have to adjust to the pinstripes because it hasn’t been done before.  The uniforms were introduced at the league meetings and the general managers were unanimous in liking them.  They think they will be number one in league souvenir merchandising.”

Kathy Lund models the original Oilers pinstripe jersey in a 1995 photo from the Tulsa World (photo taken with: LG Intuition 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless)

The uniform makeover was met with mixed emotions from Oilers faithful fans and opposing teams.

“I remember the first night we wore those things and players from the other team were making fun of our guys for showing up in their pajamas,” remembered Lund with a laugh.  “I think it was good while it lasted but I wasn’t too heartbroken to see those jerseys go away.”

The pinstripes went away for a while, but they’ve been resurrected for “Turn Back the Clock Weekend” this Friday and Saturday at the BOK Center.  The Oilers will wear retro, pinstripe jerseys, nearly identical to the originals, in each game and the jerseys will be auctioned off following Saturday’s contest.  The throwback sweaters were brought to life by Oilers defenseman Tyler Fleck who stayed true to the original design with only a slight change to a darker shade of blue.

Front and back view of the throwback jerseys the Oilers will wear on Dec. 28th and 29th, designed by Oilers defenseman, Tyler Fleck (photo taken with: LG Intuition 4G LTE provided by Verizon Wireless)

Friday evening at 7:35 p.m. the Oilers face off against the Quad City Mallards and Saturday night at 7:35 p.m. the Oilers matchup with the Missouri Mavericks.

Tickets are available for both games by calling 918-632-PUCK, logging onto www.tulsaoilers.com, or calling the BOK Center box office at 1-866-7-BOK-CTR

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