Harris Returning To Hometown To Play For Jr. Oilers

TULSA, OK – The Junior Oilers have given a boost to their blue line with the signing of defenseman Brandon Harris.

It’s a homecoming for the 5’8″ 180-pound Harris who grew up in Tulsa but has spent the last few years in Pennsylvania.  Most recently, the 18-year old has played for the Westmoreland Eagles (Midget) and the Latrobe High School varsity.

The Junior Oilers will play at the Oilers Ice Center, a place where Harris has many memories.

“I played in that rink as a kid and I never thought I’d be playing for a Junior “A” team in that same building,” remarked Harris.  “When I heard Tulsa was starting a team, I was excited because it will be fun to play some good hockey in a place I know so well.”

An avid Oilers fan as a kid, Harris will now get to wear the same name on his jersey.

“I went to a lot of Oilers games,” Harris remebered.  “Dougie Lawrence was my idol.”

Harris, who lists one of his goals as playing collegiate hockey, enjoys the physical aspect of the game.

“I like to hit,” said Harris.  “I like anything involving hitting but I’m also a two-way player.  I like to move up with the puck and get in on the offense.”

“I think Brandon is going to be a tough defenseman to play against,” said Junior Oilers Head Coach Zac Desjardins.  “He’ll be capable of shutting down the top two lines of our opponents and I believe we’ll be able to use him on our powerplay.  He’ll win a lot of battles along the boards and in front of the net and I think he plays a very smart, simple game.”

The Junior Oilers play their home opener on October 12 at 5:30 p.m. against the Texas Junior Brahmas.  General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids ages five and under.  For more information call 918-632-PUCK.