Tulsa, OK–The Tulsa Oilers announce Safelite Autoglass Night benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma this Friday, February 19, when the Oilers host the Evansville Icemen.
The first 1,000 (ages 13 & up) through the doors of the BOK Center will receive a Tulsa Oilers jersey courtesy of Satelife Autoglass.
Friday, Safelite will be hosting a food drive inside the BOK Center. Each food item donated will earn a raffle ticket for a drawing to win a team autographed Oilers jersey. Raffle tickets can be purchased or can be obtained with a non-perishable food donation.
That’s not all! Limited edition special event pucks will be available with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. When you buy a puck for $10, you will be helping the food bank provide 40 meals for those in need.
This season will be Safelite’s fourth with the Oilers and fourth working with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
“The cool thing is we’re mixing two worlds,” said Nathan Paul, Safelite Autoglass’ Tulsa Market District Manager. Annually, the Tulsa Oilers and Safelite Autoglass teams get together to volunteer hours at the food bank.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is the largest, private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. The food bank provides food and other donated product to 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. Together, they provide more than 346,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans each week.
“The Oilers fan response [each year] is phenomenal.”
Come join the Oilers in this important cause and watch them take on the Icemen for the first time this season! Doors open at 6 p.m. For information and tickets, call 918-632-PUCK.
One of the best parts of being a part of the Tulsa Oilers family, is the ability to get to know the players on a personal level. One of our fan favorites, Nathan Lutz, is the captain of the Tulsa Oilers 2015-2016 season. If you would like to see the interview, head over to our youtube channel, Youtube.com/tulsaoilers to get more behind the scenes looks at our players and awesome clips from our games! Don’t forget to head over to one of our upcoming games where you can catch Lutz in action.
Nathan Lutz hails from Mistatim, Saskatchewan, a Canadian province. Nathan shared his experience growing up in a small Saskatchewan town meant that he was born into hockey. Like many other Canadian towns, Mistatim is built on the sport. Lutz said “if you don’t play hockey, there’s something kind of wrong with you.” Lutz grew up skating all day, whenever he wanted. Can you imagine getting to do that?
Nathan isn’t the first hockey player in his family. His dad also played hockey in America and pour his passion into his son. Nathan grew up with his dad taking him to the rink, and that is when his true love for being able to skate on his own developed. One of his favorite aspect of the sport is the “cold, crisp ice” as well as the competition aspect. While the physical aspect is always fun to watch, Lutz thrives for the action. He will do anything it take to win, and we have witnessed his ability to lead our team to victory. No one likes to be the losing team, but Lutz does what it take to push his team to a two point game.
When asked if he has a certain ritual or superstitions before a game, while he doesn’t have anything super crazy, he does make sure to do everything in the same order. There are a lot of things hockey players do but he has a special one. Go after every game like it’s going to be your last because you never know when your final time to step onto the freshly zambonied ice under the excitement of entrance songs and lights with a screaming crowd greeting you onto the ice will be. Lutz comes “prepared to go out and battle, do whatever it takes to win and play as hard as he can.” He brings out the intimidation and intensity to every game. He loves the physical play, and of course, smashing people’s heads into the glass.
Lutz hates to lose, even more than he like to win. He raves about the Tulsa fans, saying this is one of the best places he has ever played. As far as recommendations on where to sit when you come to a Tulsa Oilers game, Lutz says there is nothing better than a seat on the glass because you can see the spit and blood flying. The personality of the players is evident when you are sitting that close to where the plays are made. One of the best places that you can do that is from our ice boxes. We even have an ice box that will sit you between the player’s benches for the duration of warm ups and the game. If you are interested in this opportunity, makes sure to call our office so you can cross it off your list of things to do in Tulsa.
Lutz knows first hand how great the hockey games are for families. With two kids of his own that come to every game, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s even aware that once you come out to a game, you’ll be hooked. It’s an intense, physical, and exciting event that is great for people of all ages. Come out to one of our games and see exactly why hockey is the greatest sport on Earth!
Make sure you grab tickets for the game on Friday, February 19th where you can snag an adult jersey to wear to upcoming games. Don’t forget about the jersey auction on Saturday, February 20th where you can grab your own game worn jersey! That’s not all, make sure to bring your jerseys and other memorabilia to the post game skate on Sunday, February 21st where you can get on the same ice the Oilers defend after the game. Many of our player will be on the ice, skating around, to take pictures and sign autographs. How many players can you get to sign your gear next weekend? You’ll want to add this to the top of your things to do list because it will be the last chance to skate with the players after the game during the regular season!