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March 23, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The Edmonton Oil Kings are proud to congratulate Alternate Captain Travis Ewanyk on signing his NHL entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Ewanyk was selected by the Oilers in the third round – 74th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Last season as an Oil Kings Alternate Captain, Ewanyk played in only 11 regular season games due to injury. The power forward was sidelined in early 2011 and completed surgery and rehab in time to return for the Oil Kings 2012 WHL Playoff run and their franchise best 22-game winning streak which would not come to an end until the third round of the playoffs. Ewanyk has totalled 8 goals, 15 assists and 119 PIMs to go with a plus-23 rating in the 2012-13 regular season.

The native of St.Albert was the Oil Kings third round pick, 48th overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam draft. He has participated in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge for Team Pacific, the 2011 World U-18 Championship and as a member of Team WHL at the 2012 Canada Russia Super Series. The Oil Kings currently have four Oilers draft picks on their roster including Ewanyk, Martin Gernat, Mitch Moroz and David Musil.

Ewanyk and the Oil Kings will open the 2013 WHL Playoffs at home on Friday March 22nd as they host the Kootenay Ice. Game time is 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Advance ticket prices in the first round of the playoffs will start at just $20. 

There is still time to purchase the Playoff Pass presented by ATB Financial. A one-time, low price of $99 will secure your seat for every Oil Kings home playoff game in 2013. Fans may purchase the Playoff Pass presented by ATB Financial online at oilkings.ca or at Edmonton Oil Kings or Oilers home games. The Oil Kings 2012-13 season is presented by JLT, Insurance & Risk Management.

The Oil Kings opening round schedule is as follows: (All Times MDT)

Edmonton (1) vs Kootenay (8)

Game #1 – Friday, March 22 @ Edmonton – 7:00 p.m.

Game #2 – Sunday, March 24 @ Edmonton – 4:00 p.m.

Game #3 – Tuesday, March 26 @ Kootenay – 7:00 p.m.

Game #4 – Wednesday, March 27 @ Kootenay – 7:00 p.m.

*Game #5 – Friday, March 29 @ Edmonton – 7:00 p.m.

*Game #6 – Sunday, March 31 @ Kootenay – 6:00 p.m.

*Game #7 – Tuesday, April 2 @ Edmonton – 7:00 p.m.