Veteran defenseman returns for his 11th pro season, and histhird season in Green Country.
TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHLaffiliate of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, announced Tuesdaythe signing of veteran defenseman Steven Kaunisto for the 2019-20 season.
Kaunisto,32, enters his 11th pro season coming off back-to-back seasons where he postedcareer-best ECHL numbers. 2018-19 saw Kaunisto tally 34 points (8G, 26A) in 69games,
“I am excitedto come back and to Tulsa,” Kaunisto said “The fans have been great to me sinceI first got here, and having a strong relationship with Coach Murray made thedecision easy for me. We had a great season last year, but fell short of theultimate goal of winning a championship. We set a goal to make the playoffs, andwe did that. Now our goal will be to build off what we did last year and bringa championship to Tulsa.”
The 6’0,192 lbs. defenseman has 208 points (46G, 162A) in 517 career ECHL and CentralHockey League games. Kaunisto previously played for Reading, Rapid City,Florida, Kalamazoo, Brampton and Elmira in the ECHL, as well as Wichita, Allen,Missouri, Arizona and Denver in the CHL.
Prior toturning pro, Kaunisto spent four seasons at Lake Superior State University,where he finished with 59 points (14g, 45a) in 154 games for the Lakers from2006-2010.
TheOilers host the Kansas City Mavericks to open the regular season on Friday,October 11th at 7:05 p.m. at the BOK Center. Opening weekend will then see theAllen Americans come to town on Saturday, October 12th, before the Oilers closeout the weekend with a Sunday matinee game against the Rapid City Rush at 4:05p.m.
OilersSeason and Group Tickets are on sale now! Call the Oilers front office at918-632-PUCK (7825) or visit www.tulsaoilers.com for more information.