Rajala Reassigned from OKC
Thunder forward returns from AHL after posting ECHL leading 11 goals
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, announced the Oilers have reassigned right wing Toni Rajala (RIGH-all-ah, TOH-nee) to the Thunder from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Rajala, 21, should be available to make his return to the Thunder lineup tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. (StocktonThunder.com) against the Las Vegas Wranglers at Stockton Arena.
The 5-foot-10 and 163 pound forward left the Thunder tied for the ECHL lead in goals (11) while posting 23 points in 14 games. He has collected a goal, an assist and a +1 rating in five games with Oklahoma City.
Rajala was named Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Nov. 12-18 when he earned 11 points in four games. He returns to the ECHL with an 11 game scoring streak (11g-12a) intact which dates back to Oct. 20.
The native of Parkano, Finland was selected by Edmonton in the fourth round (101st overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He led Ilves Tampere in Finland (SM-liiga) with 16 goals and ranked second with 29 points in 51 games last season.
Rajala has skated for Finland in the World Junior Championships, managing 10 points in 18 career games (under-20 team).
A two time recipient of the ECHL “Award of Excellence,” the Thunder led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season in 2011-12. Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Mini-Plans for 2012-13 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.StocktonThunder.com.