Brad Herauf hasn't played for the Blazers in three seasons, but he has helped the hockey club out in a big way this year.
"He's the one that sort of got me to this area, to Oklahoma City,” said 6-foot-3, 220-pound winger D.J. Jelitto, one of the Blazers' top newcomers.
Herauf and Jelitto were teammates with Utah of the ECHL the past two seasons, before Herauf moved on to the ECHL's Florida franchise this season.
"He talked very highly about the Oklahoma City organization,” Jelitto said. "He said it was a first-class facility, a first-class place to play.
"He said it was the funnest place he's ever played pro hockey. He said all you've got to do is compete every day and they provide everything else. And so far, so good. I mean, nothing's wrong with that.”
Nothing wrong with former Blazers giving the team a helping hand, either. Happens all the time.
"All the guys know that this is a good place to play,” Blazers coach Doug Sauter said. "We get referrals from players all the time. That's one of our strongest recruiting tools.”
Jelitto has been one of the Blazers' best players this season. He has four goals and six points in his first eight games, playing left wing on the Marty Standish line.
"I like his attitude,” Sauter said. "He's come here very determined to make himself a better hockey player, and I think he's going to be a very good player for us.