FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2017
OILERS ADD LEADERSHIP, SIGN VETERAN FORWARD JOEY SIDES
31-year-old captained EIHL’s Dundee Stars in 2016-17 and returns to North America for fifth ECHL season.
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 addition of veteran forward Joey Sides to the 2017-18 roster.
Sides, 31, returns to the ECHL after spending the 2016-17 season with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), where he served as Captain. During his season in Scotland, Sides compiled 35 points (11g, 24a) in 43 games for the Stars.
The Sun Valley, ID native last played in the ECHL in 2015-16, where he posted 28 points (11g, 17a) in 64 games split between the Wichita Thunder and Reading Royals. He has also skated for the Rapid City Rush (2014-15) and Colorado Eagles (2011-13). Sides enjoyed his best ECHL season with the Eagles in 2012-13, when he tallied 40 points (21g, 19a) in 44 games. That year, he also earned a tryout with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, where he had two assists in six games.
The 5’11, 185 lbs. winger turned pro with the Central Hockey League’s Arizona Sundogs in 2009-10 after four college seasons–three as Captain—at the Wentworth Institute of Technology (Division 3) in Boston. In 123 CHL games over two seasons for the Sundogs, Sides recorded 98 points (44g, 54a) and 219 penalty minutes. He also played half of a season for the Friesland Flyers in the Netherlands in 2011-12.
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.