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Barons add a veteran (Cheechoo)

by Michael Baldwin Modified: June 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm •  Published: January 20, 2013

The Oklahoma City Barons have signed 32-year-old right winger Jonathan Cheechoo, a former NHL All-Star who has played in 501 NHL games, the majority with the San Jose Sharks.

Cheechoo scored 305 points in the NHL, highlighted by a career high 93 points during the 2005-06 season when he scored a league-high 56 goals.

“He’s a guy who can score goals. That’s what we’re looking for,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He’ll give us some added punch and brings experience as well. This is a guy who won the goal scoring race in the National Hockey League.”

Cheechoo, from Moose Factory, Ontario, was a second round pick by San Jose, the 29th overall pick in the 1998 draft. He played seven NHL seasons, all but one with the Sharks.

The past two seasons Cheechoo has played in the AHL.

Cheecho scored 56 points in 70 games last season with the Peoria Rivermen. Two years ago Cheechoo scored 47 points in 55 games with the Worcester Sharks.

“You can’t replace Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Teemu Hartikainen or Magnus Paajarvi but we want to try and fill in a little bit of that hole,” said Barons general manager Bill Scott. “He’s a good veteran player and a really good person. He’ll fit into our locker room well.”

by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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