Oklahoma City Barons: OKC signs C.J. Stretch, Joey Leach

C.J. Stretch, 23, played much of the 2012-13 season with the Ontario Reign in the ECHL.
by Michael Baldwin Published: June 27, 2013
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photo - AHL HOCKEY: Oklahoma City Barons' C.J. Stretch (20)(right) moves the puck away from  Charlotte Checkers' Chris Terry (25)(left), in the first period,during Saturday night's  game 5 of the best -of-7 American Hockey League playoff series played at Time Warner Cable Arena  May 04,2013. Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com  ORG XMIT:  B584588827Z.1
AHL HOCKEY: Oklahoma City Barons' C.J. Stretch (20)(right) moves the puck away from Charlotte Checkers' Chris Terry (25)(left), in the first period,during Saturday night's game 5 of the best -of-7 American Hockey League playoff series played at Time Warner Cable Arena May 04,2013. Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com ORG XMIT: B584588827Z.1

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).


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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