TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers announced the signing of defenseman Nathan Lutz for the 2015-16 season. Lutz, a fan favorite and the Oilers’ captain for each of the last two years, is entering his third season in Tulsa and his 15th season of pro hockey.
Lutz, a native of Mistatim, Saskatchewan, appeared in all 72 games during the 2014-15 campaign and posted 38 points (6g-32a), the fourth-highest point total of his career. In January, Lutz played in his 800th career game and in February, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound blue-liner netted his 100th professional goal. Lutz ranked second on the Oilers’ squad with 117 penalty minutes and registered a +17 rating, fourth-best on the team.
Lutz, who made his professional debut with the Reading Royals in the 2001-02 season, has appeared in 199 consecutive regular-season games and has been a part of 10 playoff teams. He won a UHL championship with the Rockford Ice Hogs in 2006-07 and was selected as a Central Hockey League All-Star as a member of the Mississippi Riverkings in 2010-11. In 838 total games across seven leagues and five countries, Lutz has put up 387 points (101g-286a) and 1,450 penalty minutes.