TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Oilers kicked off the summer signing season with team defensive MVP Dennis Brown and forward Dan DeSalvo laying ink on contracts for the 2016-17 ECHL Season.
Both players were key elements in the Oilers season in 2015-16, with one player starting the season in Tulsa and ending it with a successful call up in Manitoba, with the Oilers AHL affiliate.
Dennis Brown was the first player to commit to the Oilers for the season. He played in 67 games for the Oilers last season scoring five goals and adding 30 assists in his second season as a professional.
Brown has played his entire professional career under current Oilers Head Coach Jason Christie, having spent his first full ECHL season with the Ontario Reign in 2014-15. The Cypress, CA native played four years of college hockey for Western Michigan University from 2010-14, where he helped lead the Broncos to the CCHA conference championship his sophomore season in 2011-12.
Brown led all Oilers blue-liners in scoring with 35 points, which was 17th among ECHL defensemen. He recorded seven assists during a four-game point streak in November, which included a career-best three assists on November 21 in a 6-1 win at Allen.
The Oiler nation could be heard issuing a big sigh of relief as it was announced that forward Dan DeSalvo would return to the team for the 2016-17 season.
DeSalvo returns to the Oilers after a remarkable season that started in Tulsa and ended in Winnipeg playing for the Manitoba Moose, the Oilers AHL affiliate. The 24-year-old who hails from Rolling Meadows, Illinois put together quite the rookie season in Tulsa. The 24-year-old recorded 16 goals and 35 assists, with a plus-16 rating in 55 games for the Oilers, earning a spot on the ECHL’s 2015-16 All-Rookie Team. He was eighth among league rookies with 51 points and his 35 assists were good for fifth.
DeSalvo also compiled the ECHL’s second longest assist streak last season, when he contributed ten goals over a nine-game span from January 30-February 14. He also had the league’s best home point streak, tallying a goal or an assist in 18 consecutive games at the BOK Center, a streak that began December 13. DeSalvo earned his first AHL call-up March 9 when the Oilers loaned him to the Manitoba Moose, where he scored five goals and added nine assists in 17 games.
The Tulsa Oilers will begin their third season in the ECHL and their 25th consecutive season as a franchise on October 15th on the road facing the Wichita Thunder, and they will host the Indy Fuel for the first time in franchise history on October 21st.
The Fuel, along with Tulsa, Wichita, Toledo, Fort Wayne and Kalamazoo will be part of the new ECHL Central Division after the division was realigned at the ECHL Summer Meetings..@Ric