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Oklahoma City Barons
OKCBarons
City: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Western Division
Founded: 2010
Home Arena: Cox Convention Center
Colors: Copper, Blue and White
Owner(s): Prodigal Hockey, LLC (Bob Funk, Jr., president)
General Manager: Bill Scott
Head Coach: Todd Nelson
Captain: Ben Ondrus
Media: The Oklahoman
KXXY-FM
Affiliates: Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Franchise history
1984–1988: Nova Scotia Oilers
1988–1996: Cape Breton Oilers
1996–2002: Hamilton Bulldogs
2003–2004: Toronto Roadrunners
2004–2005: Edmonton Road Runners
2010–present: Oklahoma City Barons

The Oklahoma City Barons are a minor professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL), who began play in the 2010–11 season. The Barons play their home games at the newly renovated Cox Convention Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Barons also serve as the AHL affiliate for the Edmonton Oilers, of the National Hockey League (NHL).

HistoryEdit

The Barons were named through a fan contest. Fans could submit the name of their choice via the ownership group's website and several local outlets.[1] The name, logos, and colors were leaked nearly two weeks before they were officially released on May 19, 2010.[2][3]

On February 9, 2010, the American Hockey League Board of Governors approved of the relocation of the Oilers' inactive AHL franchise to Oklahoma City, after a five year dormancy.[4] The franchise had gone through several incarnations, the first of which was the Nova Scotia Oilers and the most recent having been the Edmonton Road Runners, who ceased play in 2005.

The Cox Convention Center has been home to former Central Hockey League (CHL) franchises; the Oklahoma City Stars, and the Oklahoma City Blazers. Bob Funk Jr., who headed the Blazers' ownership group, is also at the helm of Prodigal Hockey LLC, the Barons' ownership group.

On July 9, 2010, Colin McDonald and Jake Taylor[5] would become part of Barons history, as the pair were officially announced as the first players signed up to play in Oklahoma City.[6]

On July 15, 2010, it was announced that Todd Nelson was named as the Barons' Head Coach, with Gerry Fleming joining him, as his assistant.[7] Further additions came on August 6, when Bill Scott, a former Director of Hockey Operations for the AHL, was named as the Barons' General Manager.[8]

Logos and uniformsEdit

The Oklahoma City Barons colors are midnight blue, white and copper (with some red outlining), reflecting that of their parent NHL team. The Barons' logo prominently features an oil derrick, symbolizing a rich tradition in the production of oil in the state of Oklahoma, and further showcasing the similiarites between the cities of Edmonton and Oklahoma City.

Like the other 29 teams in the American Hockey League, the Oklahoma City Barons will also play in the Reebok EDGE style uniforms. The Barons' home uniform is a white jersey with a midnight blue collar and trim, while their away uniform is a midnight blue jersey with a copper collar and trim, with the Barons logo placed on the front. These jerseys have been styled from the Edmonton Oilers' current away and alternate jerseys, respectively. The Barons' shoulder logos also include the Edmonton Oilers' logo and the "OKC" secondary logo.

MascotEdit

The Oklahoma City Barons' official team mascot is a mountain lion, named Derrick.[9] Derrick was officially introduced on July 27, 2010, after a lengthy "Name the Mascot" fan contest, which was held on the Barons' website.[10] Derrick's role within the Barons' organization will be interacting with fans; having his photo taken, meeting and greeting, and signing autographs during their home games. He will also make public appearances in and around Oklahoma City.

Current rosterEdit

Updated October 22, 2010.[11]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 Flag of Canada.svg Belle, ShawnShawn Belle

 (A)

D L 31 2010 Edmonton, Alberta Oilers
5 Flag of Canada.svg Bendfeld, JordanJordan Bendfeld

D L 28 2010 Leduc, Alberta Oilers
4 Flag of the United States Chorney, TaylorTaylor Chorney

D L 29 2010 Thunder Bay, Ontario Oilers
15 Flag of Canada.svg Cornet, PhilippePhilippe Cornet

LW L 26 2010 Val-Senneville, Quebec Oilers
29 Flag of Switzerland Gerber, MartinMartin Gerber

G L 42 2010 Burgdorf, Switzerland Oilers
12 Flag of Canada.svg Giroux, AlexandreAlexandre Giroux

 (A)

LW L 35 2010 Quebec City, Quebec Oilers
35 Flag of Finland Hartikainen, TeemuTeemu Hartikainen

C L 26 2010 Kuopio, Finland Oilers
19 Flag of Slovakia Kytnar, MilanMilan Kytnar

C L 27 2010 Topolcany, Czechoslovakia Oilers
37 Flag of Canada.svg Marquardt, MattMatt Marquardt

LW L 29 2010 North Bay, Ontario Oilers
18 Flag of the United States McDonald, ColinColin McDonald

RW R 32 2010 Hartford, Connecticut Barons
20 Flag of Canada.svg Moran, BradBrad Moran

 (A)

C L 37 2010 Abbotsford, British Columbia Oilers
28 Flag of Sweden Motin, JohanJohan Motin

D R 27 2010 Karlskoga, Sweden Oilers
22 Flag of Canada.svg O'Marra, RyanRyan O'Marra

C R 29 2010 Tokyo, Japan Oilers
23 Flag of Sweden Omark, LinusLinus Omark

LW L 29 2010 Overtornea, Sweden Oilers
25 Flag of Canada.svg Ondrus, BenBen Ondrus

 (C)

RW R 34 2010 Sherwood Park, Alberta Oilers
2 Flag of Canada.svg Petiot, RichardRichard Petiot

D L 34 2010 Daysland, Alberta Oilers
3 Flag of the United States Petry, JeffJeff Petry

D R 28 2010 Farmington Hills, Michigan Oilers
31 Flag of Canada.svg Pitton, BryanBryan Pitton

G L 28 2010 Mississauga, Ontario Oilers
34 Flag of Canada.svg Plante, AlexAlex Plante

D R 27 2010 Brandon, Manitoba Oilers
9 Flag of Canada.svg Reddox, LiamLiam Reddox

LW L 30 2010 Whitby, Ontario Oilers
16 Flag of Canada.svg Stewart, GregoryGregory Stewart

LW L 30 2010 Kitchener, Ontario Oilers
14 Flag of the United States Taylor, JakeJake Taylor

 (A)

D R 33 2010 Rochester, Minnesota Barons
39 Flag of the United States Vande Velde, ChrisChris Vande Velde

C L 29 2010 Moorhead, Minnesota Oilers

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Oilers farm team nickname determined by contest". Edmonton Journal (2010-05-19).
  2. "Logo Found!". OilFieldhockey.com (2010-05-07). Retrieved on 2010-05-20.
  3. "Barons coming to Oklahoma City". American Hockey League (2010-05-19). Retrieved on 2010-07-14.
  4. "Oklahoma City Joining AHL in 2010-11". American Hockey League (2010-02-09). Retrieved on 2010-05-19.
  5. Jake Taylor excited about playing for OKC. Oklahoma City Barons (2010-07-21). Retrieved on 2010-07-21.
  6. "First two Barons signed to play in OKC". Oklahoma City Barons (2010-07-09). Retrieved on 2010-07-09.
  7. "Todd Nelson named Head Coach of the Barons; Gerry Fleming joins staff as Assistant Coach". Oklahoma City Barons (2010-07-15). Retrieved on 2010-07-15.
  8. "Bill Scott named GM of Barons". Oklahoma City Barons (2010-08-06). Retrieved on 2010-08-06.
  9. Derrick. Oklahoma City Barons (2010-07-27). Retrieved on 2010-07-27.
  10. Barons introduce their mascot Derrick the Mountain Lion. Oklahoma City Barons (2010-07-27). Retrieved on 2010-07-27.
  11. OKC BARONS (OFFICIAL SITE). Oklahoma City Barons. Retrieved on 2010-10-22.

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