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HUDSON FIRST SIGNING OF 15-16 SEASON
The Oklahoma City Blazers announced today that they have resigned veteran forward Kole Hudson for the 2015-16 season. Hudson becomes the first Blazer signed for the upcoming season.
Last season Hudson quickly became a fan favorite and a thorn in the oppositions side with his relentless style of play as he put up 17 goals and 34 assists to go along with 129 penalty minutes in 48 games including playoffs. The pesky Hudson also tied for the team lead in game winning goals with 5.

“Last year we had an unbelievable team. In our inaugural season, putting a team out on the ice and battling like we did through all the adversity says a lot about the Oklahoma City Blazers organization. But the year didn’t end as we were hoping and I’m confident we can build on last season and make a better push this season,” Hudson said.

Second overall in the Eastern Conference, the 34-12 Blazers battled tooth and nail until they were eliminated in the deciding game of the division finals by the defending national champions this past year.

“Kole was a priority for us to get into a Blazer jersey from day one. Anyone who watched him play last year understands why now. He can play in every situation and came up huge for us last year,” said president and head coach Tyler Fleck. “ We are happy to have him back and I know it is important to send him out a champion. He deserves it. Kole was our heartbeat last year and I don’t expect that to change.”

“Last year hands down we had the most skilled team in the league,” Hudson explained. “This year we are adding that skill and a lot more grit. When it comes down to it, the team that works the hardest wins the games. We are going to work the hardest.”

Hard work will indeed be a must this season for Blazers to have success. The Western States Hockey League confirmed last week they have made the move to a higher level of play for the upcoming season. The WSHL is now the second highest level of junior hockey in North America, one level below the USHL (United States Hockey League) and the CHL (Canadian Hockey League), known as major junior.

Hudson had this to say about what the fans can expect from playing at the higher level.

“Some of the little things won’t be available anymore, I think the games will be a higher pace, more hitting and higher energy level throughout. We are ready for the challenge and look forward to getting back on the ice.”

Along with the league changes, the Blazers were also awarded the first ever WSHL All Star Game to take place on January the 2nd. The host Blazers will take on the best from around the league in an epic showdown.

“This is just a great feather in the cap for everyone involved. Our players are going to get the experience elf playing in an All Star game and the fans can see just how talented this league is,” said Fleck
“It will be exciting, when you mix in the best players from around the league, you don’t know what your are going to get but it will be a fast game, high tempo and a great atmosphere. I look forward to seeing the leagues best! It will be a lot of fun for the players, staff and the fans.” Hudson said.

With all the new and exciting things on the horizon for the Blazers and the WSHL, there is still just one thing that has eluded Hudson his entire career. A shot at a title.

“It boils down to wanting a championship. Fan’s that saw me play last season know my style is very loud. That isn’t going to change. I want to bring as much energy and leadership as I can to the table so that I can help put our team in the best scenarios so that we can win. The Blazers organization has done a lot for me, so their will be an urgency to this season.”

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Blazers trade Austin Kirby
The Blazers announced that they have have traded goaltender Austin Kirby to the Cheyenne Stampede for future considerations.
“I want to thank Austin for the hard work he put in last year as a Blazer and we wish him the best of luck with the Stampede. He will have a better opportunity to play in Cheyenne in his last year of junior,” said head coach Tyler Fleck