TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers announced the signing of forwards Kyle Bochek and Matt Larke for the 2015-16 season. Bochek and Larke, who will be teammates for a sixth consecutive season, are making their way back to Tulsa for a third straight year.
Bochek, 27, played the first half of last season with the Coventry Blaze in England before moving across the pond to join the Oilers for his first foray into the ECHL. In 33 games, the Port Severn, Ontario native tallied 20 points (10g-10a) and added 60 penalty minutes. He recorded four multi-point games and appeared in all five of the Oilers’ playoff games. Bochek first arrived in Tulsa prior to the 2013-14 season and in 59 appearances, the 6-foot-0, 200-pound center posted career-highs in goals (16), assists (34) and penalty minutes (177). A veteran of 282 professional games, Bochek began his career in 2009 with the Missouri Mavericks (CHL) and made stops with the Knoxville Ice Bears (SPHL), Dayton Gems (CHL) and Bloomington Blaze (CHL).
Larke also started the 2014-15 season in England and appeared in 11 games for the Hull Stingrays before playing the remainder of the season with the Oilers. An injury prevented Larke from hitting the ice in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, but he registered 24 points (8g-16a) in 54 games during the regular season. The 28-year-old originally signed with the Oilers in March of 2014 and contributed three goals and two assists in the final six games of the 2013-14 regular season. Larke, who hails from Royal Oak, Mich., continued his point production in the first round of the 2014 Central Hockey League Playoffs with a goal and three assists in the Oilers’ series against the Denver Cutthroats.