By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 03/25/2013

The Oklahoma City Barons released forward C.J. Stretch from his PTO, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Stretch, a 5-11, 195-pounder from Irvine, Calif. signed his PTO with the Barons on February 26 and had an immediate impact, scoring a goal in his first game with the team. He appeared in nine games with the Barons and scored six points (4-2-6).

He returns to the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. With the Reign, he has scored 60 points (27-33-60) in 57 games played. His 27 goals and 33 assists are among the best on the team.

Last season, he split time between the Reign and the Houston Aeros. With Houston, he played in 23 games and registered six assists. With Ontario, he registered 50 points (20-30-50) in 45 games. In all, he has appeared in 218 professional games, scoring 150 points (57-93-150).

Prior to turning pro, Stretch played five full seasons with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. In 341 games over four seasons, he scored 248 points (85-163-248) and served 342 penalty minutes.

Oklahoma City skates in three games this week, all on the road. Wednesday evening, they take on the Chicago Wolves at 7 p.m. from the Allstate Arena in Chicago. Friday, Oklahoma City visits the Peoria Rivermen at 7 p.m. The trip concludes Saturday evening in Rockford against the IceHogs at 7 p.m. All three games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY.

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