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Oilers To Retire Beausoleil's Sweater

February 19, 2003 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Tulsa Oilers News Release

TULSA, OK- The Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League will retire former Oilers great Luc Beausoleil’s #17 sweater at their game on Friday, February 28th against the Wichita Thunder, Oilers owner Jeff Lund announced today. The Oilers will present Beausoleil with a framed #17 Oilers sweater during a pre-game ceremony.

Beausoleil played seven seasons in Tulsa and ranks at or near the top of every Tulsa regular season scoring record, including goals (first with 286), assists (second with 267), points (second with 553), and games played (second with 363).

“When you think of the Number 17 in Tulsa, you think of Luc Beausoleil,” said Lund. “He was a great ambassador for the sport of hockey, the Tulsa Oilers organization, and to the community of Tulsa. I wanted to retire Luc’ s sweater to honor him for all that he’s done for the Oilers.” Luc Beausoleil’s Regular Season Career Statistics

During the 1997-98 season, Beausoleil had a season for the ages. That year, he set an Oilers record with 74 goals and tied Doug Lawrence’s Tulsa record and led the league with 127 points. At the time, 74 goals was a CHL record that was later broken by Indianapolis Ice forward Yvan Corbin during the 2000-01 season when he scored 75.

He set or tied two other CHL records that season, including most power play goals in a single season with 30 (tied with Oklahoma City’s Joe Burton) and most short-handed goals in a single season with 14. He also tied a CHL record with six goals in a single game on December 17, 1997.

“Luc was a major player for us both on and off the ice,” said head coach Garry Unger. “He was a major threat on the ice and was known as one of the most dangerous scorers in the Central Hockey League.

He ranks among the CHL’s all-time best in numerous categories, including career regular season point leaders (fifth with 578), career regular season goals (third with 294), career regular season assists (14th with 284) and career regular season games played (21st with 387).

The Oilers hit the road tonight for their first of a three-game Texas road trip as they visit the Laredo Bucks tonight at 7:35. Tonight’s game can be heard live on the radio at AM 1300 the Score or on the Internet at www.tulsaoilers.com. After tonight’s game, they will travel to Corpus Christi on Friday night and to Austin on Saturday night.

Tulsa’s next home game will be on Wednesday, February 26th, when they host the Indianapolis Ice. Tickets for next Wednesday’s game are available at local Drug Marts, the Tulsa Convention Center Box Office, the Oilers office, or by phone at 584-2000.


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