OILERS ADD PAIR OF AMERICAN ROOKIES
OILERS ADD PAIROF AMERICAN ROOKIES
Oilers bolsterforward ranks with two rookie additions
TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHL affiliate of theNational Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, announced Thursday the team hassigned rookie forwards Craig Puffer and Canon Pieper to the roster.
Puffer, 24, joins the Oilers after playing five games with theIndy Fuel at the end of the 2018-19 season. The Greenwich, CT native played hiscollege hockey at the University of Vermont, compiling 54 points (22G, 32A) in142 career games with the Catamounts. The 5’9, 170 lbs. forward played oneseason of junior hockey in the BCHL, posting a perfect point-per-game average –58 points (29G, 29A) in 58 games with the Chilliwack Chiefs.
“We’re excited to see what Puffer can do,” head coach Rob Murraysaid. “He had good offensive instincts in college, but now it’s about adjustingto the pro game. He had a quick taste of this level at the end of last yearwith Indy, so he knows what to expect coming in.”
Pieper, 25, joins the Oilers straight from the collegiate ranks.The Roseville, MN native began his college career at Quinnipiac University in2014-15 before transferring to the University of Maine for his final twoseasons of eligibility. Between the two schools, Pieper posted 16 points (4G,12A) in 67 games. Like Puffer, Pieper spent one season in the BCHL, tallying animpressive 66 points (33G, 33A) in 57 games with the Coquitlam Express. Priorto playing in the BCHL, the 5’11, 190 lbs. forward spent two seasons in theUSHL with the Chicago Steel and Indiana Ice.
““I’m looking forward to seeing what Pieper can do,” head coach Rob Murray said. “Quinnipiac and Maine are both great programs, meaning he’s faced good competition. He’s a good skater and will get an opportunity to contribute at the pro level .”
The Oilers host the Kansas City Mavericks to open the regularseason on Friday, October 11th at 7:05 p.m. at the BOK Center. Opening weekendwill then see the Allen Americans come to town on Saturday, October 12th,before the Oilers close out the weekend with a Sunday matinee game against theRapid City Rush at 4:05 p.m.
Oilers Season and Group Tickets are on sale now! Call the Oilersfront office at 918-632-PUCK (7825) or visit www.tulsaoilers.com formore information.
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