TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Junior Oilers continue to build their roster with the signings of Ben Reaman and Sam Hiserodt.
Reaman, 18, is a versatile forward out of Crested Butte, Colorado. Capable of playing center or left wing, Reaman joins the Junior Oilers after successful seasons of midget hockey with the Crested Butte Wolfpack. The 5’10” 165-pound Reaman, who led the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League in scoring as a junior and as a senior, says he’s eager to take a big step in his hockey development.
“I’m excited to see what the next level is all about,” Reaman said. “I haven’t played at a high level, so I’m excited to see what it will do for my game and where it can take me. I think it will make me a better all-around player.”
Reaman, who caught the eye of several scouts at a Junior Placement Showcase in Denver, had options with other teams but chose to sign in Tulsa after talking to Oilers Head Coach Zac Desjardins.
“I heard everything about the program and it just sounded really solid,” remembered Reaman. “I think Coach Zac has a similar coaching style to some of the other coaches I’ve gotten to know and I was just drawn to the team.”
Reaman will be joined on the inaugural Jr. Oilers squad by Hiserodt, a 6’2” 170-pound defenseman. Hiserodt is a native Tulsan who spent the last two seasons as a member of the triple-A Las Vegas Storm U-16 team. A two-way defender who likes to jump into the offensive fray, the 16-year old Hiserodt won’t be intimidated by the older players.
“I think it’s going to be a challenge but it’s also going to be a lot of fun,” said Hiserodt. “I feel like I can come in and help this team win and it’s a great opportunity for me to gain some exposure at this level.”
Hiserodt still has friends and family in Tulsa and thinks the city is often underrated as a hockey market.
“When I was growing up, hockey was huge for me,” Hiserodt remarked. “I went to Oilers games all the time and it was so much fun. Tulsa has always been a great place for hockey and that’s why I’m excited about this team and going back to a place I know.”
The Junior Oilers home opener at the Oilers Ice Center is Friday, October 12 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.