|Oklahoma City Barons|
|City:||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Cox Convention Center|
|Colors:||White, Navy Blue, Copper, Red|
|Owner(s):||Prodigal Hockey, LLC|
(Bob Funk, Jr., President)
|General Manager:||Bill Scott|
|Head Coach:||Todd Nelson|
|Affiliates:||Edmonton Oilers (NHL)|
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
|1984–1988:||Nova Scotia Oilers|
|1988–1996:||Cape Breton Oilers|
|2004–2005:||Edmonton Road Runners|
|2010–present:||Oklahoma City Barons|
|Division Championships:||1 2011–12|
The Oklahoma City Barons are a professional ice hockey team in 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 newly renovated Cox Convention Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Official Oklahoma City Barons Website: http://okcbarons.com/
History[edit | edit source]
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. The name, logos and colors were leaked nearly two weeks before they were officially released on May 19, 2010.
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. 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 were officially announced as the first players signed to play in Oklahoma City.
On July 15, 2010 it was announced that Todd Nelson would be the Barons' Head Coach, with Gerry Fleming joining him as his assistant. On August 6 Bill Scott, a former Director of Hockey Operations for the AHL, was named as the Barons' General Manager.
Logos and Uniforms[edit | edit source]
The Oklahoma City Barons colors are navy blue, white and copper (with some red outlining), reflecting those 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 similarities between Edmonton and Oklahoma City.
Like the other 29 teams in the American Hockey League, the Oklahoma City Barons will play in the Reebok EDGE style uniforms. The Barons' home uniform is a white jersey with a navy blue collar and trim, while their away uniform is a navy 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 current alternate jerseys, respectively. The Barons' shoulder logos also include the Edmonton Oilers logo and the "OKC" secondary logo.
Mascot[edit | edit source]
The Oklahoma City Barons' official team mascot is a mountain lion, named Derrick. Derrick was officially introduced on July 27, 2010, after a lengthy "Name the Mascot" fan contest, which was held on the Barons' website. 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.
Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]
Regular Season[edit | edit source]
Playoffs[edit | edit source]
|Season||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|2010–11||L, 2–4, HAM||—||—||—|
|2011–12||W, 3-1, HOU||W, 4-1, SA||L, 1-4, TOR||—|