The Edmonton Oilers signed goaltender David LeNeveu to an American Hockey League contract, which means he will likely begin the 2011-2012 season with the Oklahoma City Barons.
LeNeveu has played 300 professional games since he was a second-round draft pick in 2002 by the Phoenix Coyotes. Most of his pro experience has been in the AHL, although he has played 22 games in the National Hockey League with either Phoenix or Columbus. LeNeveu (pronounced LEH-neh-voo) spent last season with the Springfield Falcons; he had a 16-21-2 record with a 2.97 goals against average.
The Barons are expected to have several new faces this season, which begins in October. Martin Gerber and Jeff Deslauriers, who split time in goal for last season's playoff team, have signed elsewhere. Geber will play for the Vaxjo Lakers in Elitserien, Switzerland. Deslauriers signed a two-year contract in July with the Anaheim Ducks organization.
LeNeveu joins defenseman Bryan Helmer and forward Andrew Lord on the Barons roster for 2011-2012. Helmer and Lord are the only returnees so far from last season's team.
SPRINT CAR RACE POSTPONED
The Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car event Saturday night at Caney Valley Speedway (Kan.) was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been announced. The OCRS next races Saturday at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee.
LANGSTON TO VISIT OSU
The Langston men's basketball team will get a big test one month into the 2011-2012 season. The Lions' new coach, Nigel Thomas, has scheduled Oklahoma State for a Dec. 4 exhibition game in Stillwater. It will be just the fourth time the schools, separated by 24 miles, have played. Thomas has connections to OSU; he worked the Cowboys' summer basketball camps the past few years. He was hired as Langston coach shortly after the NAIA program finished last season with a 4-23 record.
Langston opens the regular season Nov. 1 at Sterling (Kan.).