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Oilers Recognized in CHL's Annual "Best of the Best"

March 15, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Tulsa Oilers News Release

TULSA, OK - The Central Hockey League announced today the results of its annual "Best of the Best" poll which is voted on by CHL players, coaches, and staff members from each organization. The poll covers 50 categories that cover all facets of the league including individual players skills and performance, top coaches, most outstanding venues, best fans, and many more.

Oilers winger Ryan Menei took second place honors for "Best Stickhandler" behind Wichita's Neil Trimm and Tulsa's leading scorer also finished second in the "Best Playmaker" category behind Sebastien Thinel of Missouri. Entering Friday's action, Menei is seven points behind Thinel for the CHL scoring lead.

Oilers heavyweight Daniel Amesbury took home the award for "Best Pound for Pound Fighter" finishing ahead of David Simoes from Missouri and Garrett Clarke from Allen. In 31 games for Tulsa this season, the 22-year old Amesbury recorded 113 penalty minutes and 15 fighting majors.

Third-year center Gary Steffes ended up third in the voting for "Best Player on Face Offs" behind Wichita's R.G. Flath and Jason Morgan from Arizona.

The Oilers home, the BOK Center, received plenty of recognition in the poll. The downtown venue earned second place in the "Best Arena" category and also finished second in the voting for "Best Locker Rooms" and "Best Arena Concessions."

The Oilers Ice Girls were recognized with a third place nod in "Best Cheerleaders/Dance Team."

The Oilers are back in action tonight for the first of three straight games in Rapid City. Tulsa takes on the Rush at 8:05 p.m. Central Time from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Oilers are 2-0 against the Rush this season.

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