By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 07/12/2013

The Oklahoma City Barons signed forward Derek Nesbitt to an American Hockey League contract, General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

Nesbitt, a 6-0, 185-pounder from Egmondville, Ontario, finished last season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but played the majority of the season with the Peoria Rivermen. The 31-year old led the Rivermen with 26 goals and finished second on the club with 47 points. Over three seasons with the Rivermen, recorded 144 points (65-79-144).

A veteran of over 300 games in the AHL, Nesbitt has experience with the Rivermen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, San Antonio Rampage, Rockford IceHogs and Manitoba Moose. In all, he’s played 320 AHL games, scoring 203 points (92-111-203).

Nesbitt broke into the professional ranks with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL in 2005, helping the team to the Kelly Cup Finals. The next season, he helped the Idaho Steelheads earn the ECHL’s postseason championship. In all, he’s played in 211 games in the ECHL and scored 240 points (86-154-240).

Between the two leagues, the 8-year veteran has played in 531 games and recorded 443 points (178-265-443). Prior to turning pro, Nesbitt played four seasons at Ferris State University. In 154 games over those four seasons, Nesbitt scored 141 points (59-82-141).

Nesbitt joins forwards C.J. Stretch and Erick Lizon and defenseman Joey Leach as players signed by the Barons for the 2013-14 season.

Hockey season begins in Oklahoma City on Friday, September 27 with the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy when the Edmonton Oilers host the Dallas Stars in an NHL Preseason game. For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.

Oklahoma City opens their 38-game home schedule with a weekend set of games October 4 and 5. In addition to the home opener, the Barons are scheduled to play at home November 12, 15 and 16 and December 20 and 21. The Barons annual Education Field Trip Day will be November 12. The remainder of the schedule will be announced later this summer.

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