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.
“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.
“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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