TULSA, OK–After 3 days of wild speculation and rumors the Tulsa Oilers pulled the trigger and re-signed their two season 30+ goal scorer David Alexandre Beauregard today and placed veteran defenseman Tyler Fleck on season ending injured reserve.
Beauregard, 6-0, 190 pounds, played for the Oilers in 2006-07 and 2007-08. He led the club each year in goals with 39 in 06-07 and 35 in 07-08. He rejoins the Oilers after a season and a half overseas playing in Great Britain and most recently Italy. During his tour in England Beauregard amassed 44 goals and 35 assists for 79 points in only 54 games. He scored his 400th professional goal while playing for the Oilers in a 5-4 win over the Rocky Mountain Rage on March 10, 2007.
Beauregard was the CHL Rookie of the year in 1997-98. He was the 11th round draft choice, 271st overall of the San Jose Sharks in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
“You can never have enough goal scoring and David has proven he is a special goal scorer in this league,” Oilers coach Bruce Ramsay said. “I know he really liked it here in Tulsa and he’s obviously a fan favorite. Anyone who scores like he can, has to be. It’ll be great to see him playing at the BOK Center.”
While the Oilers are gaining a goal scorer they are losing Tyler Fleck, a defenseman who came to Tulsa by way of the Missouri Mavericks and who is best known for playing seemingly forever for the now defunct Oklahoma City Blazers. He is said to have an undisclosed upper body injury that will require surgery to correct.
“What an absolute warrior Tyler Fleck is. I marvel at how he went out there and threw his body around and blocked shots and did everything we asked and everything he could,” Ramsay said. “He’ll still be around to help us out. I can see why he is so respected in this league.”
The Oilers will take on the Missouri Mavericks on Thursday night in a rematch of their 4-3 shootout loss last night in the Independence Events center at 7:00pm, then travel to Bossier City, Louisiana to take on the Mudbugs in the CenturyTel center at 7:35pm. The Oilers return home for a Sunda afternoone matinee game on Sunday taking the Mudbugs on again in the amazing BOK Center at 4:05pm.