By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 04/29/2012

The Oklahoma City Barons released goaltender Tyler Bunz from his ATO (Amateur Tryout), General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Bunz, a 6-1, 198-pounder from St. Albert, Alberta, was the Oilers 5th round draft choice (121st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has played the last four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. During that time, he has appeared in 197 regular season games, posting a 2.72 goals against average, .911 save percentage and eight shutouts.

He has been a workhorse for the Tigers over the last three seasons, playing in 81 percent of the teams games. Over those three seasons, he has collected 105 of the Tigers’ 129 regular season wins. During the 11-12 season, Bunz save percentage of .921 was second amongst WHL goaltenders, while his win total (39) and goals against average (2.57) were among the top 5 in the league.

This season, Bunz was twice named the Vaughn Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, was named an Eastern Conference First Team All Star and is the Eastern Conference nominee for WHL Goaltender of Year. He became the Tigers franchise leader for regular season wins with 115 and earned team awards for Regular Season and Playoff Most Valuable Player.

The Barons will take on the San Antonio Rampage in the Western Conference semifinals starting this Thursday in Oklahoma City.  The Barons are celebrating their appearance in the Western Conference semifinals by offering $1 draws of Bud and Bud Light at the home game on May 3. In addition, the first 2,000 fans through the doors will receive a FREE navy blue Barons playoff t-shirt.

Tickets for Games 1 & 2 of the Western Conference semifinals start at $11 and are on sale at 232-GOAL (4625) as well as all Ticketmaster outlets and online at

All Barons playoff games can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY and are also available on a pay-per-view basis via AHL Live.

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