Oklahoma City Barons

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Oklahoma City Barons
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons season
Logo Oklahoma City Barons.svg
CityOklahoma City, Oklahoma
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern Conference
DivisionWest Division
Founded1984
Home arenaCox Convention Center
Colors

Midnight Blue, Copper, White, Red

                   
Owner(s)Prodigal Hockey, LLC
(Bob Funk, Jr., President)
General managerBill Scott
Head coachTodd Nelson
CaptainAnton Lander
MediaThe Oklahoman
96.1 KXY
AffiliatesEdmonton Oilers (NHL)
Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Websitehttp://www.okcbarons.com/
Franchise history
1984–1988Nova Scotia Oilers
1988–1996Cape Breton Oilers
1996–2002Hamilton Bulldogs
2003–2004Toronto Roadrunners
2004–2005Edmonton Road Runners
2010–presentOklahoma City Barons
Championships
Division Championships1 (2011–12)
 
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Oklahoma City Barons
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons season
Logo Oklahoma City Barons.svg
CityOklahoma City, Oklahoma
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern Conference
DivisionWest Division
Founded1984
Home arenaCox Convention Center
Colors

Midnight Blue, Copper, White, Red

                   
Owner(s)Prodigal Hockey, LLC
(Bob Funk, Jr., President)
General managerBill Scott
Head coachTodd Nelson
CaptainAnton Lander
MediaThe Oklahoman
96.1 KXY
AffiliatesEdmonton Oilers (NHL)
Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Websitehttp://www.okcbarons.com/
Franchise history
1984–1988Nova Scotia Oilers
1988–1996Cape Breton Oilers
1996–2002Hamilton Bulldogs
2003–2004Toronto Roadrunners
2004–2005Edmonton Road Runners
2010–presentOklahoma City Barons
Championships
Division Championships1 (2011–12)

The Oklahoma City Barons are a professional ice hockey team in West Division of the American Hockey League, and serve as the top affiliate for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. The team's first season was 2010–11. They play their home games at the Cox Convention Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

History[edit]

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 most recently 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] were officially announced as the first players signed to play in Oklahoma City.[6]

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

Team information[edit]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

The Oklahoma City Barons home, away and alternate jerseys from 2012–13-present

The Oklahoma City Barons colors are midnight blue, copper and white (with red used for outlining), this color palette was also used by the Edmonton Oilers between 1996–2011. 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 similarities between the cities of Edmonton and Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Barons' current secondary logo, used for shoulder patches and other promotional merchandise

Like the other 29 teams in the American Hockey League, the Oklahoma City Barons 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' now-former away and alternate jerseys, respectively. The Barons' shoulder logos also include the Edmonton Oilers logo and the "OKC" secondary logo.

Mascot[edit]

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 also makes public appearances in and around Oklahoma City.

On February 19, 2012, the Barons introduced another mountain lion, named Bit, as a secondary mascot.

Attendance[edit]

In the 2012–13 AHL season, the Barons averaged an attendance of 3,527, the worst average attendance in the AHL. This is a huge drop from the 2011–12 season, where the Barons finished 26th overall in attendance.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsLeague Leader

Records as of May 9th, 2014.[11]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated April 15, 2014.[12]

#NatPlayerPosS/GAgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
14CanadaActon, WillWill ActonCR262013Stouffville, OntarioOilers
26United StatesArcobello, MarkMark Arcobello Injured ReserveCR252010Milford, ConnecticutOilers
30United StatesBachman, RichardRichard BachmanGL262013Salt Lake City, UtahOilers
36CanadaChase, GregGreg ChaseCR192014Sherwood Park, AlbertaATO
23United StatesCombs, JackJack CombsLWL262014St. Louis, MissouriBarons
2CanadaCraig, GraemeGraeme CraigDL212014Red Deer, AlbertaATO
3CanadaDavidson, BrandonBrandon DavidsonDL222012Taber, AlbertaOilers
39CanadaEager, BenBen Eager (A)LWL302013Ottawa, OntarioOilers
21CanadaEwanyk, TravisTravis EwanykCL212013St. Albert, AlbertaOilers
27CanadaFedun, TaylorTaylor Fedun (A)DR252012Edmonton, AlbertaOilers
11United StatesFord, MatthewMatthew Ford (A)RWR292013West Hills, CaliforniaBarons
19CanadaFyten, AustinAustin FytenLWL232013Sundre, AlbertaBarons
40SlovakiaGernat, MartinMartin GernatDL212013Kosice, SlovakiaOilers
37RussiaGrebeshkov, DenisDenis Grebeshkov Injured ReserveDL302013Yaroslavl, Soviet UnionOilers
10CanadaHamilton, CurtisCurtis HamiltonLWL222011Tacoma, WashingtonOilers
12CanadaHamilton, RyanRyan Hamilton Injured ReserveLWL292013Oshawa, OntarioOilers
15Czech RepublicHorak, RomanRoman HorakCL222013České Budějovice, CzechoslovakiaOilers
29CanadaHunt, BradBrad HuntDL252013Ridge Meadows, British ColumbiaOilers
41CanadaJones, ConnorConnor JonesCL232014Montrose, British ColumbiaATO
42CanadaJones, KellenKellen JonesLWL232014Montrose, British ColumbiaATO
22CanadaKessy, KaleKale KessyLWL212013Shaunavon, SaskatchewanOilers
25CanadaKhaira, JujharJujhar KhairaCL192014Surrey, British ColumbiaOilers
8SwedenKlefbom, OscarOscar KlefbomDL202013Karlstad, SwedenOilers
16SwedenLander, AntonAnton Lander (C)CR232011Sundsvall, SwedenOilers
33CanadaMacIntyre, SteveSteve MacIntyreLWL332013Brock, SaskatchewanOilers
18United StatesMiller, AndrewAndrew Miller Injured ReserveRWR252013Bloomfield Hills, MichiganOilers
6Czech RepublicMusil, DavidDavid MusilDL212013Calgary, AlbertaOilers
17CanadaNurse, DarnellDarnell NurseDL192014Hamilton, OntarioOilers
38United StatesOesterle, JordanJordan OesterleDL212014Dearborn Heights, MichiganATO
13CanadaPinizzotto, SteveSteve PinizzottoRWR302014Mississauga, OntarioOilers
9United StatesPitlick, TylerTyler PitlickRWR222011Centerville, MinnesotaOilers
20United StatesStretch, C. J.C. J. StretchCR242013Irvine, CaliforniaBarons
35FinlandTuohimaa, FransFrans TuohimaaGL222014Helsinki, FinlandOilers
4CanadaWinquist, JoshuaJoshua WinquistLWL202014St. Albert, AlbertaATO

Team Captains[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

List of Oklahoma City Barons alumni who played more than 100 games in Oklahoma City and 100 or more games in the National Hockey League.

Individual award winners[edit]

Bryan Helmer, February 2011

Willie Marshall Award (Leading Goal Scorer)

Eddie Shore Award (Best Defenseman)

Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Best Goaltender)

Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Colin McDonald, February 2011
Goals: Colin McDonald, 42 (2010–11)
Assists: Brad Moran, 52 (2010–11)
Points: Alexandre Giroux, 78 (2010–11)
Penalty minutes: Triston Grant, 163 (2011–12)
Wins: Yann Danis, 26 (2011–12)
Shutouts: Yann Danis, 5 (2011-12)
GAA: Yann Danis, 2.07 (2011–12)
SV%: Yann Danis, .924 (2011–12)

Career[edit]

Career games: Chris VandeVelde, 192 (2010–13)
Career goals: Mark Arcobello, 50 (2010–13)
Career assists: Mark Arcobello, 83 (2010–13)
Career points: Mark Arcobello, 133 (2010–13)
Career penalty minutes: Alex Plante, 336 (2010–13)
Career wins: Yann Danis, 52 (2011–13)
Career shutouts: Yann Danis, 7 (2011–13)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oilers farm team nickname determined by contest". Edmonton Journal. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Logo Found!". OilFieldhockey.com. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Barons coming to Oklahoma City". American Hockey League. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Oklahoma City Joining AHL in 2010-11". American Hockey League. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Jake Taylor excited about playing for OKC". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  6. ^ "First two Barons signed to play in OKC". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 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 2010-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Bill Scott named GM of Barons". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Derrick". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Barons introduce their mascot Derrick the Mountain Lion". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  11. ^ Hockeydb.com, Oklahoma City Barons season statistics and records.
  12. ^ "OKC BARONS (OFFICIAL SITE)". Oklahoma City Barons. Retrieved 2014-4-1. 

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