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Jordan Oesterle Inks Deal With the Edmonton Oilers

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 03/31/2014
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EDMONTON, Alberta, -- The Edmonton Oilers have announced the signing of Western Michigan junior defenseman Jordan Oesterle on Monday afternoon.

Oesterle forgoes his senior season with the Broncos to pursue a professional career in hockey after appearing in 113 career games, scoring seven goals and tallying 24 assists for 37 points as a Bronco. His signing marks the fourth time in the past two years in which a WMU defenseman has signed with a NHL team, joining Matt Tennyson (San Jose, 2012), Luke Witkowski (Tampa Bay) and Danny DeKeyser (2013, Detroit).

“I’m very excited to be joining the Edmonton Oilers,” said Oesterle. “It has been a dream of mine and I want to thank everyone involved here at Western Michigan. Without them this couldn’t be possible.”

The Dearborn Heights, Mich., native is coming off his most productive offensive season as a defenseman after racking up a career-best 17 points on two goals and 15 assists. Oesterle was named to the Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament Team after registering two assists in route to helping WMU win its second GLI. He was also named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Academic All-Conference team after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.55 in finance.

“We want to congratulate Jordan on pursuing his career in professional hockey with a great organization like Edmonton,” said head coach Andy Murray. “Jordan is a great student-athlete and has done a fine job of representing Western Michigan on and off the ice.”

Oesterle started his career with the Broncos during the 2011-12 season, helping the team to a Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.