By Carter Baum, OKC Barons on 08/22/2013

Erick Lizon has earned his stripes playing seven seasons of professional hockey in the Central Hockey League, ECHL and eight games in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks in 2010-11. He hopes to have found a place to stay in Oklahoma.

After playing 17 games with the Barons last season on a PTO, Lizon signed an American Hockey League contract with Oklahoma City in July.

“I never expected it, but it was really exciting,” Lizon said of his time with the Barons last year. “It brought my passion back for hockey, that’s for sure. Playing with NHLers there was quite the experience, you learned a lot.”

“As soon as my agent told me that Oklahoma City wanted to sign me, I said right away ‘I’m there.’ The most fun I’ve had in hockey in my whole career was playing there.”

When Lizon was released from his PTO in March, he returned to the Wichita Thunder of the CHL, where he began the season, and helped his team reach the CHL’s league finals.

Lizon freely admits that offensive production is not what his game is about. He has scored 52 points (21-31-52) in his 362 professional games, but at 6-4 and 225 pounds, Lizon does like to use his size to make room for his teammates.

“Obviously I’m not the best player out there, but I create a lot of energy,” Lizon said. “I’m there to help the team out in the physical category … I think if I keep doing that and the players on the team know that I have their backs and I keep my energy going, I think it’ll positive season for everyone.”

Lizon said he’s been enjoying his summer, spending most of his time in his native Ontario doing a lot of fishing and enjoying the summer, but he’s also been focused on his preparation for the upcoming season.

“Right when I signed, [Barons strength and conditioning coach Kevin Hanlon] called me right away and asked what I was doing and asked if I wanted to follow his program,” Lizon said. “He made a little weekly thing for me and I just strictly follow that.”

When he does return to Oklahoma City in a few weeks, Lizon will have the opportunity to go through training camp to bond and build chemistry with his new teammates, something he didn’t have the opportunity to do last year.

“It’s probably going to be much easier to do,” Lizon said. “To start the season out will be a little bit easier because I’ll know everybody through camp and then when games start, I’ll already know everybody.

“[I’m] enjoying my time off, but I’m excited to get back [to OKC] and get back at it.”

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