Amesbury Fitting in as Oilers Enforcer


Oilers Daniel Amesbury a Tough Enforcer


By GLENN HIBDON
GTR Sports Writer


Wrong or right, he’s here to fight, and if you wonder who he is, his name might as well be Daniel E. That’s an E for enforcer.

Tulsa Oilers forward Daniel Amesbury holds no punches when acknowledging he’s in town to pound down and put a frown on the Central Hockey League’s bad boys. At six feet and 210 pounds, he is a heavyweight fighter who won his first six bouts after joining the Central Hockey League team in late December.

“When I started hockey, I was intrigued by one aspect of the sport,’’ says the 22-year-old forward from Maple Ridge, B.C. “I grew up in a tight group of friends, and we always had each other’s backs. I always liked protecting my close friends, and it transferred over to the ice. I want to use fighting to make the next level.’’

Amesbury says he “likes to stick a straight right or left hook,’’ and boxing is a passion for him. His parents had other ideas and thought hockey might tame his temper a bit.

“I stuck with hockey and still ended up fighting,’’ says Amesbury, who led the Southern Professional Hockey League with 34 fighting majors last season. “Now my parents support me 110 percent. They’ve learned to accept it, and I call my mom after every fight to let her know I’m OK.’’

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