FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2017
OILERS SIGN ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN SCHMIDT
Tulsa also brings in Dallas native Justin Greenberg on a professional try out.
TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, and Head Coach Rob Murray announced Thursday the signing of rookie defenseman Connor Schmidt to a 2017-18 contract. The Oilers will also bring forward Justin Greenberg to training camp on a professional try out.
Schmidt, 23, joins the Oilers for his first professional season after finishing his college career in 2016-17 at Utica College. The Flat Rock, MI native recorded 15 points (3g, 12a) and 78 penalty minutes in 25 games for the Pioneers last season before turning pro.
“Connor comes to us highly recommended by his coaches at Utica College,” said Murray. “He brings an element of grit to our team that is important to have.”
Prior to Utica, Schmidt attended Ferris State University from 2012-14 and the first Division 1 program at Arizona State University from 2014-16.
Before college, the 5’11, 174 lbs. defenseman played one season of juniors with Traverse City of the North American Hockey League, and spent parts of two junior seasons with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. In total, Schmidt compiled 43 points (11g, 32a) and 362 penalty minutes in 136 games of juniors.
Greenberg, 23, played four seasons of college hockey at Miami University (Ohio), where he had 29 points (6g, 23a) in 127 career games. The rookie forward from Dallas was a college teammate of Oilers defenseman Chris Joyaux for three of those years with the Redhawks from 2013-16.
The Tulsa Oilers begin their fourth ECHL season and tenth season of hockey at the BOK Center on Friday, October 13, when the club hosts the Kansas City Mavericks. Season and Group Tickets are on sale now by calling the Oilers front office at 918-632-7825. Visit www.tulsaoilers.com for more information.