New-look Oil­ers are set for opener

Tulsa has a new coach, re­vamped lineup, new af­fil­i­a­tion with St. Louis

Tulsa World - - Sports - By John Rit­te­noure For the Tulsa World

A team with a good mix of re­turn­ing vet­er­ans and young NHL prospects gives new head coach Rob Mur­ray hope he can re­turn the Tulsa Oil­ers to the ECHL play­offs for the first time in three years.

Fans get their first look at the team Mur­ray has built when the Oil­ers host Kansas City in the sea­son opener Fri­day at the BOK Cen­ter.

Mur­ray comes to Tulsa af­ter six sea­sons with Alaska, where he coached the Aces to the ECHL Kelly Cup cham­pi­onship in Kansas City at Tulsa 7:05 p.m. Fri­day BOK Cen­ter


Mur­ray has as­sem­bled a team of play­ers he ex­pects to play fast paced, in-your-face hockey.

“I want a team that is go­ing to play a fast-paced game, in your face, and be re­lent­less on the puck,” said Mur­ray, who re­places Ja­son Christie af­ter his res­ig­na­tion af­ter two sea­sons as Oil­ers coach. “It might wa­ver from game to game depend­ing on the lineup. That is what I want. I want hard forecheck­ing and we have to be phys­i­cal.”

With the re­turn of third-year player Den­nis Brown, Chris Joy­aux and Eric Drapluk, the Oil­ers will be strong on the de­fen­sive end.

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