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Thunder Loans D Nathan Deck to Oklahoma City

December 3, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) - Stockton Thunder News Release

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, announced defenseman Nathan Deck has been loaned to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League on a professional tryout agreement (PTO).

Oklahoma City is the AHL affiliate of the Thunder and Oilers. Deck heads to the AHL for the first time in his career and is expected to be available to suit up in the Barons' next game on Saturday against the San Antonio Rampage at 5:00 p.m.

"We are excited for Nathan as he has earned this opportunity with a solid start to the season," said Thunder head coach Matt Thomas. "It is a strong indication that your level of play will create opportunity and is also another sign of a great affiliation between us and the Oilers."

Deck, 22, leads all Thunder defensemen and is tied for fourth among ECHL blueliners with 17 points in 19 games this season. His +8 rating is tied for second on the team and he has earned seven points on the power play.

The 5-foot-11 and 185 pound blueliner received the Thunder "Unsung Hero" award last season when he notched 26 points and a +10 rating (3rd on the Thunder) in 60 games during his rookie season.

Deck totaled 118 points and 198 penalty minutes in 277 career junior games in the Western Hockey League with Vancouver and Prince Albert.

The Thunder returns to play tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. (StocktonThunder.com) against the Las Vegas Wranglers at Stockton Arena.

A two time recipient of the ECHL "Award of Excellence," the Thunder led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season in 2011-12. Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Mini-Plans for 2012-13 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.StocktonThunder.com.

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