Tulsa Oilers show Christmas spirit with their ugliest Christmas sweaters

TULSA, Okla. – There used to be a day in the CHL when the Tulsa Oilers spent their Christmas holiday on the ice. Long gone are those days, but the Oilers have found a way to carry on their Christmas spirit.

One of Tulsa’s ugly sweaters hangs in a locker / Photo by Les Stockton

Tulsa erased a 2-0 deficit by way of four unanswered third period goals to beat the Allen Americans before 4,246 fans last night at the BOK Center all while wearing some of the ugliest Christmas sweaters you’ll ever see.

Oilers Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations, Rob Loeber, discussed the unique uniforms this morning during a segment on Tulsa television station KOTV.

“I think our general manager Taylor Hall deserves some of the credit,” he said before adding that former captain Tyler Fleck, now the owner of Hardnosed Apparel, played a role in the promotion. “We kind of floated the idea past him and he’s the one who just knocked the ball out of the park and came up with the whole design,” he said.

“All of this is his whole crazy creation – it basically looks like if Christmas threw up on you this would be the result. All the stitching and all the knitting, it just looks like something your grandma made for you,” Loeber told KOTV with a laugh.

Shane Madalora / Photo by Les Stockton

Goalie Shane Madalora models his jersey during warmups / Photo by Les Stockton

Loeber added that the jerseys, which will be auctioned off after tonight’s game, seem to have given the squad a little bit of luck. “We have the mojo going in the jerseys, they’re 1-0, they’ve got some good luck in them and hopefully we can make it 2-0 tonight,” Loeber said.

Ben Gordon had a goal and assist on Thursday / Photo by Les Stockton

Loeber explained that the sweaters were created as a treat for the fans, and added that there will be more specialty jerseys later in the season. “We’re only wearing these two times, so it’s kind of a piece of history for our fans and they always support us in these special promotions – we had a lot of people out at the BOK Center last night wearing their own ugly Christmas sweaters. We love doing the special jerseys – we always do one for Pink in the Rink Night coming up in February, then we’ll do one for Military Night coming up in March,” he said.

Kyle Bochek creates some snow while wearing his ugly Christmas sweater / Photo by Les Stockton

Kyle Bochek creates some snow while wearing his ugly Christmas sweater / Photo by Les Stockton

What do the players think? “They all agree that they’re ugly, but they like it,” Loeber said, adding that minor league hockey players almost expect to wear something crazy occasionally.

Shane Madalora appears to attempt to leap out of his ugly sweater / Photo by Les Stockton

Shane Madalora appears to attempt to leap out of his ugly sweater / Photo by Les Stockton

He said that once the puck drops, however, it’s business as usual for the Oilers. “For them once a game starts, I don’t even think they realize they’re wearing it or have it on – they’ve got so much other stuff to focus on. It’s really for the fans, but the players are always on board, they’ve been great,” he said.

According to Loeber, the ugly Christmas sweaters have made a splash around the CHL. “I think it’s going to catch on with other teams around the league, so probably by next Christmas in the CHL we’re probably not going to be the only ones wearing these kinds of things,” he said.

Oilers leading scorer Todd Robinson / Photo by Les Stockton

Oilers leading scorer Todd Robinson / Photo by Les Stockton

The Oilers will be dressed in their wild Christmas creations one final time tonight as they take on the Wichita Thunder at the BOK Center. Opening face-off is set for 7:35.

Contact the writer: john.hall@prohockeynews.com

Contact the Photographer: les.stockton@prohockeynews.com

One thought on “Tulsa Oilers show Christmas spirit with their ugliest Christmas sweaters

  1. That idea would be original if they hadn’t ripped off my design. Pretty much exactly except for the shoulders are a bit different. Tyler Fleck had pretty much nothing to do with designing it other than ripping it off.

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