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Tulsa Oilers
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City: Tulsa, Oklahoma
League: ECHL
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Central Division
Founded: 1992
Home Arena: BOK Center
Colors: Maroon, navy blue, gray, white

                   

Owner(s): Steven Brothers Sports Management
General Manager: Taylor Hall
Head Coach: Jason Christie
Franchise history
1992 to Present: Tulsa Oilers
Championships
Regular Season Titles: None
Division Championships: None
Conference Championships: None
Ray Miron President's Cup: 1993

The Tulsa Oilers are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL, formerly in the Central Hockey League. They played their home games at the Maxwell Center (also known as Cox Business Center) until 2008, when they moved into the new BOK Center. For many years, the Tulsa Oilers name was shared with Tulsa's former minor-league baseball team that pre-dated the Tulsa Drillers. To reduce confusion in local news reporting, the hockey team was often called the "Ice Oilers", a moniker that continues to this day among many Tulsans.

The Oilers were one of only two teams that played each season in the CHL since its rebirth in 1992 (the other being the Wichita Thunder) . The Oilers have a winning tradition, making the playoffs in nine of their 13 seasons.

Owner Jeff Lund played an integral part of assembling the 1992-93 team, a scrappy bunch led by veteran minor league coach and former NHL ironman Garry Unger. The team, anchored by high-scoring forward Sylvain Naud and veteran goalie Tony Martino, finished the regular season in second place, right behind intrastate rival Oklahoma City. However, in the revived league's first championship series the Oilers handily defeated the Blazers, clinching the title on OKC's home ice. Lund assumed ownership of the franchise in February 1999 after being the team's General Manager. Under Lund's direction, over two million fans have attended an Oilers game at the Tulsa Convention Center. Lund currently sits on the CHL Executive Committee.

The Central Hockey Leagues website announced on June 25, 2013 that Jeff Lund sold the franchise to Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC. They are also the owners of the Wichita Thunder. http://www.centralhockeyleague.com/news/index.html?article_id=9800

On October 7th, 2014 the Oilers announced on their website that they had been accepted as a new expansion team into the ECHL, as had the rest of the remaining franchises that were in the Central Hockey League. They were placed in the Central Division (along with the rest of the old CHL franchises) of the Western Conference.

ChampionshipsEdit

Year League Trophy
1992-1993 CHL William “Bill” Levins Memorial Cup

History Edit

Tulsa has had several other low minor league hockey teams in its history, all nicknamed "Oilers."

AHA Edit

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Tulsa Oilers (1968)

The original Oilers joined the five team American Hockey Association as an expansion team in 1928. Their first home game was January 1, 1929, against the Duluth Hornets as part of the grand opening of the Tulsa Coliseum. The team won the AHA championship that season, and again in the 1930-31 season. For the 1932-33 season, the Oilers moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and became the St. Paul Greyhounds, but half way through the season they moved back to Tulsa once again becoming the Tulsa Oilers. At the end of the 1941-42 season the AHA disbanded due to World War II. Hockey Hall of Famers Duke Keats and Bill Cowley played for short periods on the Tulsa Oilers during this period.

USHL Edit

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Tulsa Oilers (1972-1982)

The AHA was reorganized as the United States Hockey League for the 1945-46 season as a seven team league, once again including the Oilers. That league folded after the 1950-51 season. The team played at Avey's Coliseum during this time. Hockey Hall of Famer Clint Smith played the 47-48 season with the Tulsa Oilers after a stellar 11 year career in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks and won the USHL Most Valuable Player award.

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CHL Edit

The original Central Hockey League was founded in the 1963-64 season. The second version of the Tulsa Oilers joined that league for the 1964-65 season. The team left Tulsa in February, 1984, when its owners went bankrupt and the team went into receivership. Other teams in the league paid to keep the Oilers in operation so as not to unbalance the schedule, and the team — under coach Tom Webster — went on to win the league championship, despite playing all games on the road after February. The league disbanded following the end of the season. Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost followed his 20 year NHL career with two seasons of play on the Tulsa Oilers in the 69-70 and 70-71 seasons.

CHL Reborn Edit

A new Central Hockey League was created in 1992 as a centrally owned league, owned by Ray Miron and Bill Levins, and operated by Ray and Monte Miron and funded by Chicago businessman and minor league sports entrepreneur Horn Chen, and the Tulsa Oilers were a team once again. Ray once coached the Tulsa Oilers in the old CHL and his son Monte had played for the Tulsa Oilers in 1973-74. Tulsa claimed the CHL championship in the inaugural season.

Season recordsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL SOL PTS GF GA PIM Regular Season Finish
(Division/Conference)
Playoffs
Central Hockey League
1992-93 60 35 22 - 1 2 73 270 230 1430 2nd overall Won Championship
1993-94 64 36 24 - 4 0 76 347 281 1703 2nd overall Lost Final
1994-95 66 36 24 6 - 0 78 307 281 1373 3rd overall Lost first round
1995-96 64 26 33 - 0 5 57 244 302 1446 4th overall Lost first round
1996-97 66 30 32 - - 4 64 286 284 1552 3rd, Western Lost first round
1997-98 70 34 31 - - 5 73 308 274 2557 3rd, Western Lost first round
1998-99 70 20 41 - - 9 49 261 360 2276 6th, Western Did not qualify
1999-00 70 38 27 - - 5 81 251 244 2325 2nd,  Western Lost first round
2000–01 70 36 26 - 8 80 259 250 2030 5th of 6, Western Division Lost 1st Round, 0-3 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers
2001–02 64 30 30 - 4 64 204 215 1701 2nd of 4, Northwest Division Did not qualify
2002–03 64 37 22 - 3 2 79 218 195 1704 3rd of 4, Northwest Division Did not qualify
2003–04 64 26 25 - 4 9 65 194 210 1198 4th of 5, Northwest Division Did not qualify
2004–05 60 32 25 - 1 2 67 206 210 1307 2nd of 5, Northeast Division Lost 1st Round, 1-4 vs. Colorado Eagles
2005–06 64 29 28 - 4 3 65 209 227 1687 4th of 4, Northwest Division Did not qualify
2006–07 64 27 28 - 6 3 63 225 246 2044 4th of 4, Northeast Division Did not qualify
2007–08 64 25 35 - 3 1 54 194 243 1438 4th of 5, Northwest Division Did not qualify
2008–09 64 18 38 - 3 5 44 179 270 1668 4th of 4, Northeast Division Did not qualify
2009–10 64 28 29 - 4 3 63 203 230 1576 6th of 7, Northern Conference Did not qualify
2010–11 66 35 25 - 5 1 76 242 234 1063 3rd of 9, Berry Conference Lost 2nd Round, 2-3 vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
2011–12 66 29 29 - 7 1 66 207 222 1000 5th of 7, Berry Conference Did not qualify
2012–13 66 22 39 - 3 2 49 177 254 897 10th of 10, Berry Conference Did not qualify
2013–14 66 34 29 - 0 3 71 225 215 1170 7th of 10, Berry Conference Lost 1st Round, 2-4 vs. Denver Cutthroats
ECHL
2014–15 72 37 29 - 3 3 80 248 244 1350 4th of 7, Central Division Lost 1st Round, 1-4 vs. Allen Americans
2015–16 72 37 30 - 3 2 79 191 191 1083 3rd of 4, Central Division Did not qualify

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