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Oklahoma scene: Barons add NHL All-Star Jonathan Cheechoo to roster

The 32-year-old former scoring leader should add punch to Oklahoma City's struggling offensive lineup. Cheechoo had 25 goals last season for the Peoria Rivermen.
BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com Published: January 20, 2013
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The Oklahoma City Barons added experience and scoring punch to its lineup Sunday. Jonathan Cheechoo, who scored 56 goals during the 2005-06 season for the San Jose Sharks, signed with the American Hockey League team Sunday. The 32-year-old has not played this season, although he spent 2011-2012 with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL; he had 25 goals and 56 points in 70 games a year ago.

Cheechoo, a 6-foot, 200-pound forward, won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the National Hockey League's top scorer in 2005-06. He had 93 points for the Sharks. Cheechoo played in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.

He should help a Barons team that has been offensively challenged since the loss of forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Magnus Paajarvi, Teemu Hartikainen and defenseman Justin Schultz to the Edmonton Oilers. The Barons snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Center.

The Barons' next game is 6 p.m. at Grand Rapids.

SOONERS FINISH SECOND

The Oklahoma men's gymnastics team finished second in the four-team Stanford Open late Saturday night. The fourth-ranked Sooners were 4.1 points behind No. 3-ranked Stanford. OU won team event titles in the floor exercise (75.850) and parallel bars (71.700). Stanford won all other team event titles. All individual event crowns went to gymnasts from Stanford or California, which finished third in the meet.

Presten Ellsworth (15.500, floor); Michael Reid (14.600, pommel); Mike Squires (14.800, rings); Dylan Akers (14.500, vault); Josh Yee (14.600, parallel bars); and William Clement (14.950, high bar) were the Sooners' top performers in each event.

OU next competes 7 p.m. Friday at the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas.