TULSA, OK - The Tulsa Oilers are pleased to announce
the signing of veteran forward
Marty Standish for the upcoming 2012-13
season. Standish will be entering his fourth year
with the Oilers and his fourteenth season as a
Last season Standish chipped in six goals and tied for
second on team with 30 assists. The 5'7"
160-pound center anchored the Oilers penalty kill and
consistently shut down the opposition's top
line. Since joining the Oilers in 2009, Standish
has been a reliable presence in the lineup, missing
only 16 games over the last three seasons. A
leader in the locker room and a favorite among faithful
Oilers fans, the 34-year old Standish still feels the
itch to continue his career.
"I keep waiting for it to go away but it
doesn't," laughed Standish.
"It's always a tough decision because I'm
getting older but it's hard to give up something
I've been doing my whole life. I still love
it and I still think I can help this team."
"Marty is a consummate leader and he's always
been one of the hardest working players on our
team," said Oilers Head Coach Bruce Ramsay.
"He's one of the best penalty killers in our
league, he's a great faceoff guy, he's just a
great teammate and he understands his role."
That role has changed for Standish since his days with
the Oklahoma City Blazers. In 2000-01, Standish
burst onto the CHL scene with 87 points (43 goals, 44
assists) in 63 games and helped the Blazers win a
championship. These days, the Kelvington,
Saskatchewan native isn't expected to put the puck
in the net but knows he still plays a vital part in the
"I know I'm more of a defensive guy now,"
said Standish, who has suited up for 824 pro
games. "It may not always be appreciated by
the fans but I know it's appreciated by my coach
and my teammates. As time goes on, that's
what happens to all players, you have to adapt your
The 2011-12 campaign ended in disappointment for the
Oilers as they finished just five points out of the
final playoff spot in the Berry Conference.
Standish, along with fellow veterans Tyler Fleck, Gio
Flamminio, and Michel Beausoleil, is hungry to make one
more run at a CHL title before he's satisfied with
hanging up the skates.
"There's a lot of motivation for me and the
older guys on the team going into this season,"
said Standish. "There's definitely
something we want to prove and for me, it'd be the
icing on the cake to my career to go through another
run with those guys."
Standish will be one of many current Oilers
participating in Saturday's fourth annual Alumni
Game at 7 p.m. at the Oilers Ice Center. Tickets
for the Alumni Game are sale now at the Oilers office
(9128 E. 46th St. Tulsa, OK 74145). Prices are
$10 for season tickets holders, $15 for non-season
ticket holders, and $20 for all fans if purchased the
day of the game.