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BLAZERS ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF GOALTENDER JOEL SVENSSON
The Oklahoma City Blazers are proud to announce their first signing of the 2019-20 season, inking Swedish goaltender Joel Svensson to the team.
Svensson comes to the Blazers after playing last season with Helsingborgs HC, playing 12 games with their J20 team, and playing 11 games with their Division 1 team.
Hailing from Ängelholm, Sweden, Svensson has spent the 2013-2018 seasons with Rogle BK, working his way through their junior teams, culminating in the 2017-18 season in the Swedish SuperElit league, the top-tier junior league in Sweden.
In the 2014-15 season, Svensson also participated in the annual TV-pucken tournament, held every year in Sweden as the nation's districts gather their top youth players, playing for Skåne in a pair of games.
Born in 1999, Svensson joins the Blazers and the WSHL in his final year of eligibility, looking to backstop OKC in their quest for the Thorne Cup.
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The Oklahoma City Blazers are proud to announce their first commitment of the 2019 offseason as forward Vitali Mikhailov has committed to the ACHA Division 1 University of Central Oklahoma. A native of Cherepovets, Russia, Mikhailov made a splash this season as he led the Blazers in scoring with 49 goals and 58 assists for a total of 107 points.
Along the way, Mikhailov also tied the Western States Hockey League's all-time record for goals scored in the regular season with 136 career goals. With 114 goals in a Blazers jersey, Mikhailov broke the franchise's all-time record for goals as well.
"We would like to wish Vitali the very best at UCO as we believe will be a great fit for the Bronchos. He will be an instant game-changer and offensive threat from day one for UCO," stated Blazers head owner and head coach Gary Gill. "We also believe that under the coaching of Craig McAllister, Vitali will be able to grow even more as a player and a person."
"We are so fortunate to get a talent like Vitali," said Bronchos head coach Craig McAllister. "He has a unique set of skills that make him a threat anytime he enters the offensive zone.
"He has a chance to be a very special player in the ACHA and I'm looking forward to seeing him put on a Bronchos jersey."