The Oklahoma City Barons have signed center C.J. Stretch and defenseman Joey Leach.
Stretch, an Irvine, Calif., product, previously signed with OKC soon after the NHL lockout ended. The Barons released him but re-signed Stretch late in the season.
A solid No. 3 line center, Stretch scored eight points in 17 regular season games. He made a big impression in the playoffs, scoring nine points in 17 games, including five goals.
Stretch, 23, played much of the 2012-13 season with the Ontario Reign in the ECHL. Stretch scored 62 points in 60 games with Ontario. He also scored five goals in a four-game sweep of Utah in the playoffs.
Leach signed with OKC late last season after his junior eligibility expired but appeared in only one game. In five seasons with Kootenay in the WHL, Leach scored 134 points in 274 games, solid production from a blue-liner. He compiled an impressive plus-96 rating those five years.
Leach, 21, joins a young, talented group of blue-liners. In what essentially were their rookie seasons, Taylor Fedun, 25, Martin Marincin, 21, and Brandon Davidson, 21, all improved to play key roles in a playoff run that ended in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
The Barons open their 38-game home season with back-to-back games Oct. 4-5, but hockey season begins early in OKC. The Edmonton Oilers will host the Dallas Stars in an NHL preseason game Sept. 27 at the Cox Convention Center. The ticket office number is (405) 232-GOAL (4625).