Former Oiler Pat Quinn passes

Pat Quinn, as Oilers Player

Pat Quinn, as Oilers Player

Pat Quinn, former NHL player, coach and general manager and former Tulsa Oilers defense-man passed away Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia after a long illness.  He was 71.

The native of Hamilton Ontario spent 19 seasons as a player and 20 seasons as a head coach in the National Hockey League and coached the Canadian Men to the 2002 Gold Medal in the Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

Quinn had three stints with the Tulsa Oilers in the late 1960’s.  He played a total of 70 games from 1967 through 1970, scoring only six goals and 22 assists for 28 points in the era when defense-men were not heavily relied upon to score goals.  He won a championship with the Oilers in 1968.
Continue reading

Ryan Christmas Show at Jazz Depot

DonaldRyanSome refer to Tulsa’s Donald Ryan as “the master of diverse styles.” Some suggest he is “a musical kaleidoscope, sparkling at everything he plays.”

For this writer, a Ryan solo performance is joy to the ear and, this Sunday, Ryan is home for a joyous Christmas Season performance at Tulsa’s Jazz Depot.

“I’ve loved Christmas music ever since I was a kid,” he says, “and when I play it I look for things that I like, that I can express myself in. Most of it is traditional music, more religious. There will be some music that’s just seasonal. I look for things that have an infectious melody, that have harmonic possibilities that I can massage, and some things I can add rhythm to.” He laughs. “I can add rhythm to just about anything.”

Continue reading

Booras shines in Oilers win

Oilers forward Jon Booras celebrates one of two goals against Wichita Sunday.  Photo by Kevin Pyle

Oilers forward Jon Booras celebrates one of two goals against Wichita Sunday.      Photo by Kevin Pyle.

TULSA: The off-season acquisition of center Jon Booras has paid enormous dividends for the Tulsa Oilers in their debut in the ECHL this season.  He proved to be the superhero for the Oilers when they defeated the Wichita Thunder 3-2 in front of 4,096 in the BOK Center on Sunday afternoon.

The 32-year old native of Billings, Montana scored two goals on Sunday afternoon, the first being a shorthanded goal in the second period when Tulsa defenseman Dave Pszenyczny was sent off for boarding.  In that situation, Tulsa goalie Kevin Carr made a blocker save that bounced to Drew Fisher who started a shorthanded rush for the Oilers.

Continue reading

Sidekicks flatten Revs

Revolution battles Sidekicks.  Photos by Les Stockton

Revolution battles Sidekicks. Photos by Les Stockton

TULSA, OK—The Dallas Sidekicks scored early and often, and were too much for the Tulsa Revolution on Saturday night as the handed them a 14-5 drubbing in the Cox Business Center on Saturday night.

The Sidekicks roared out to a 4-0 lead before Michael Poneys punched in a penalty kick at the 13:45 mark to put the Revolution on the board near the end of the game’s first quarter.

Continue reading

Oilers break the Missouri curse

INDEPENDENCE, MO.—The Tulsa Oilers snapped a 7 game losing streak to the Missouri Mavericks on Friday night as the defeated the team from the Kansas City suburb 4-1 in front of 5,580 in the Independence Event Center.  The Oilers snapped a three-game losing streak against the Maverick this season with the win which was solved during regulation time and not in the overtime/shootout conversion.

One of the main things that helped Tulsa to the victory was a stellar penalty-kill unit that disposed of nine Missouri power play opportunities in the game.  It was also a game where the Oiler trailed only once, and then for only a little under four minutes.  Another anomaly was that once the Oiler had a two goal-cushion over their opponents, they did not let the lead evaporate to force extra time to resolve the game.

OilersMavericks3The only goal for Missouri in the game came from the recently acquired Josh Brittain at 3:11 of the first period.  Brttain lifted the puck over Tulsa goalie Kevin Carr, to give the home side their one and only lead of the game.  After that, it was all Tulsa.

As a penalty that was leveled after former Maverick defenseman Dave Pszenyczny expired, Pszenyczny raced from the box and gained the puck behind the Missouri net, fed it to Jon Booras who snapped it into the net behind Mavs goaltender John Griggs to knot the score at 1-1.
Continue reading