OILERS BRING BACK VETERAN FORWARD RYANTESINK
Veteranforward returns to Tulsa after posting career-highs in goals, assists andpoints
TULSA, OK — The Tulsa Oilers, proud ECHLaffiliate of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, announced Friday thesigning of veteran forward Ryan Tesink.
Tesink,26, returns for his third season with the Oilers, tallying 83 points (39G, 44A)in his 108 career games in Tulsa. Tesink is coming off a career year, posting 59points (25G, 34A) in 62 games, ranking him second on the team in goals andthird in points
“Ryan wasa catalyst for our team last year,” head coach Rob Murray said. “He gives youeverything he has game-in-game-out, and I’ve had the privilege of watching himgrow as a player and a man. He’s a very good skater, and his offensive game wasreally on display this past season. We have a great relationship, and I cansafely say that he plays his best hockey when is playing for me.”
Tesinkalso appeared in 15 of the Oilers’ 20 playoff contests, registering 8 points(4G, 4A).
“I’mexcited to be coming back to Tulsa for the upcoming season.” Tesink said “Ihave a great relationship with the staff, and we have a very supportive fanbase. We have a core of returning players from our run last year, and we’llobviously be looking to continue our success. Our main goal will be to win thedivision again, and then hopefully go on a long playoff run. We know that itwon’t be easy, but I believe we have a roster capable of doing that.”
The 6’0172 lbs. veteran forward posted 145 points (57G, 88A) in 280 career ECHL games,and registered 423 penalty minutes over that span. During his career, Tesinkhas also played for the Alaska Aces, Quad City Mallards, Wichita Thunder andRapid City Rush, as well as the San Antonio Rampage and San Diego Gulls of theAHL.
The SaintJohn, NB native played in the QMJHL before turning pro, winning the coveted MemorialCup with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2011. Tesink appeared in 183 QMJHL gamesbetween the Saint John Sea Dogs and Blainville-Boisbrand Armada, registering152 points. After his impressive junior career, the St. Louis Blues draftedTesink with the 162nd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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.
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