Another OKC hockey icon hangs up the skates.
Earlier this season, former Oklahoma City Blazers fan favorite, Marty Standish, retired from the Tulsa Oilers. Marty, among a few other Blazers players, found themselves playing up the turnpike after the Blazers folded in 2009. He held a career of 13 seasons in minor pro hockey, including the CHL, UHL, AHL and IHL. Marty had a total 672 career points in more than 800 games. He finished his OKC Blazers career with 87 points and helped win a CHL championship. On March 22nd, we learned of another former Blazers fan favorite retiring from the same Tulsa Oilers, Tyler Fleck. Fleck played his last professional hockey game on March 24rd, his 773rd, against the Allen Americans. The Oilers season came to an end on a 3-2 loss and without a final playoff appearance for their captain. Fleck ends his final season with just 6 points (0 G, 6 A). Fleck completes a 14 year career with 40 goals, 157 assists, and 1,522 penalty minutes. He put up 12 points in 66 postseason games. He stands second in games played in the CHL and is one of five players in CHL history to surpass the 700-game mark. Tyler started his Central Hockey League career with the OKC Blazers for the 1999-2000 season. Fleck spent 10 year with the Blazers, and would probably have retired there if the Blazers would not have folded in 2009. He had a career high of 24 points in the ’05 season, won a championship and was a 2-time CHL All-Star while with the Blazers. After the Blazers went defunct, Tyler suited up for the Missouri Mavericks for a short 20 game stint before landing with the Tulsa Oilers. Fleck retires after 208 games in an Oiler uniform.
“Not only is Tyler Fleck one of the most professional players I’ve ever had the privilege to coach, he’s also the hardest working hockey player I’ve ever been around. He is respected by his teammates and everyone around this league because he’s always played the game the right way. He’s going to be missed.”——Oilers Head Coach, Bruce Ramsay.
Fleck will be leaving behind two other former Blazers players currently on the Tulsa roster, Gio Flamminio and Michel Beausoleil. Fleck has earned many awards besides being a regular fan favorite, including “Best Bodychecker” , “Best Defensive Defenseman” and “Best Leader” in the CHL. In 2009 Fleck was the first CHL player to receive the N. Thomas Berry Commitment Cup. an award normally reserved for management and front office personnel and recognizes dedication and commitment to the league.