TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers announced on Tuesday the signing of defenseman Kevin Noble and forward Phil Brewer for the 2015-16 season. Noble and Brewer are returning to Tulsa after both taking part in the Oilers’ run to the 2015 ECHL playoffs.
Noble, 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, appeared in 68 games for the Oilers last season and recorded 21 points (1 goal, 20 assists). A skilled penalty-killer and shot-blocker, Noble provided consistency and muscle to the Tulsa blue line. The 27-year old out of Sparwood, British Columbia posted a stellar +16 rating and ranked second on the squad with 125 penalty minutes. Noble, who battled injuries throughout the first two years of his pro career with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL) and St. Charles Chill (CHL), enjoyed his healthiest and most productive season in Tulsa.
Kevin Noble is the first defenseman to sign with the Oilers for the 2015-16 season. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
“Last year was special for me because I feel like I finally had the opportunity in Tulsa to prove what kind of player I can be at this level,” stated Noble. “Even though I was only there for one season, Tulsa already feels like a second home to me. The people are so friendly and I’m fortunate to have a great relationship with Coach Ramsay who has shown a lot of faith in me and my talents. I look forward to being back with a great group of guys and providing some leadership as we work to bring the fans a championship.”
“I think intensity is the word that comes to mind when describing Kevin,” said Oilers’ Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “His outstanding will to win and his passion to compete is contagious among his teammates. He is such a tough, reliable player in his own zone and he’s definitely the kind of guy that younger players can look to as an example of how to battle and how to succeed at this level.”
Brewer, a native of Cambridge, Ontario, signed as an amateur with the Oilers in late March after concluding his collegiate hockey career at Bemidji State University. In Wichita on March 29, the 25-year old scored shorthanded for his first professional goal, and in 11 regular season contests, Brewer posted three goals and an assist. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound right wing notched a pair of goals against the Missouri Mavericks on April 3 and chipped in two assists during the Oilers’ first round playoff series against the Allen Americans. Prior to his pro debut, Brewer led the OJHL in assists (70) and points (109) as a member of the Burlington Cougars and was named Bemidji State’s captain during his senior season.
Brewer acclimated quickly to the pro game and showed signs of his potential in 16 total games as an Oiler. (photo by: Kevin Pyle – www.photopyle.com)
“Phil came in at the end of the season and impressed me immediately,” remarked Ramsay. “He works extremely hard and there’s no doubt he has the size and the skill to be a very successful player at this level. I think this style of hockey really suits his game and it’s very exciting for us to be able to bring back such strong, young player.”
“I felt like I was given a very fair chance to play and prove myself last season and I really enjoyed everything about my experience in Tulsa,” Brewer commented. “I think it was the perfect place for me to start my career and it was a big boost for my confidence to be able to come in and contribute. This offseason is going to be important for me and I’m looking forward to my first full season in Tulsa.”
Noble and Brewer join forward Adam Pleskach and goaltender Kevin Carr on the list of Oilers’ players officially signed for the upcoming season which begins on Friday, October 16 against the Wichita Thunder. More player signings are expected to be announced next week.
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Below is an Excerpt for a Tulsa Oilers Game
Dennis Brown of the Oilers away to Wong, cross-rink pass went through a player into the Americans’ zone. They skate after it in the corner boards, and now the Americans will bring it back out into the neutral ice.
To the nearside, broken up by the Oilers’ Brown. Getting it now is Harstad. Harstad at his own blue line, into the neutral ice, cross-rink pass went through Costello, and Nugent was going to the bench for a line change.
Americans recover. They bring it back into the neutral ice, over the red line, to the blue line. King gets bumped, loses control of the puck. Nice play by Brandon Clark … Excuse me, Emerson Clark, to break up that play for the Oilers. Nice play by Clark. The puck goes back into the Allen zone, it’ll be an icing.
The face-off will be to the left of Tulsa’s Kevin Carr in the Oilers’ zone with 10:47 left to go in this 2nd period. Tulsa wins the draw, cleared it out of the zone, into the neutral ice, recovered by the Americans. They return the favor, send it back into the Tulsa end, around the boards to the far side. Brewer poking at it, now it goes into the air. They still poke at it along the boards. DeSalvo gets to the loose puck now out of the corner. He gets bumped there. He’s behind the goal with the puck.
DeSalvo has it slapped away to the far side. Courtnall picks it up for the Americans. Courtnall loses control of the puck, it goes back in the neutral zone, and Courtnall’s going to have to reset.
The Americans bring it back, Stevenson over the blue line. Left wing pass knocked away and cleared up the ice by the Oilers. Tulsa after it. Getting it for the Oilers is Clark in the Americans’ zone, over to lutz on the left side. Clark goes to the bench for a change. Now the puck goes behind the goal in the Americans’ end.
Oilers still with control of the puck down low. Now for Lalancette over to Lutz. Lutz sends it toward the goal, intercepted on the way in by a defenseman. We’ve got a penalty coming up to the Oilers. It looks like it’s going to be a tripping penalty down there, and I think it’s going to be Blomqvist. It is.