The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the League’s Board of Governors has approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest in the Tulsa Oilers Membership from Steven Brothers Sports Management of Tulsa, LLC to NL Sports, LLC, owned by Andy Scurto. NL Sports’ current holdings include The Premier Hockey Federation (formerly the NWHL), Buffalo Beauts and Minnesota Whitecaps.
“The ECHL is thrilled to welcome Andy Scurto to the League for the 2021-22 Season and thanks the Stevens Brothers for their commitment to hockey in the Tulsa region since joining the ECHL in the 2014-15 Season,” said ECHL Commissioner , Ryan Crelin. “Andy’s vision to grow our sport in the Tulsa market, coupled with his perseverance and experience from his other hockey ventures, poises the Oilers for success in the Tulsa region for years to come.”
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the future of Tulsa Oilers Hockey,” Scurto said. “The Oilers have an outstanding history, and Tulsa is in an amazing city with an extremely loyal fan base and plays in one of the best arenas in the ECHL. I’m looking forward to working closely with General Manger Taylor Hall and Head Coach Rob Murray, as well as the Oilers amazing players and staff, to make sure this team has everything it needs to be incredibly successful.”
NL Sports, founded by Scurto, invests and adds leadership to hockey at all levels, with a mission in improving the game. Its current holdings include the PHF, Minnesota Whitecaps and Buffalo Beauts, where Scurto functions as team president for both clubs. Scurto is also an Executive Committee member and advisor for the PHF.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces for its 34th season in 2021-22. There have been 698 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 20 who made their NHL debuts in the 2020-21 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2020-21, marking the 24th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.