Edmonton Oil Kings

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Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings logo.svg
City Edmonton, Alberta Canada
League Western Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division Central
Founded March 16, 2006 (2006-03-16)
Home arena Rexall Place
Colours Blue, red, gold, white
                   
Owner(s) Canada Rexall Sports
(Daryl Katz, Chairman)
General manager Canada Randy Hansch
Head coach Canada Steve Hamilton
Captain TBD
Championships Ed Chynoweth Cup
2 (2012, 2014)
Memorial Cup
1 (2014)

Website
www.oilkings.ca

The Edmonton Oil Kings are a major junior ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that play in the Western Hockey League. As of July 2008, they are owned by Daryl Katz's Rexall Sports, who also own the Edmonton Oilers.[1] The 2007–08 season was the newest incarnation of the Oil Kings' inaugural season in the Western Hockey League. To date their only NHL alumni are Tomas Vincour and Mark Pysyk. As the 2012 WHL champions, the Oil Kings played in the 2012 Memorial Cup, losing 6-1 against the eventual winning team, the Shawinigan Cataractes, in the playoff tie-breaker. The Oil Kings are the current Memorial Cup champions, after defeating the Guelph Storm in the 2014 Memorial Cup final game.

Franchise history[edit]

The newest incarnation of the Oil Kings are the fourth WHL team to play in Edmonton, preceded by the first Edmonton Oil Kings (1951–76), the second Oil Kings (1978–79) and the Edmonton Ice (1996–98).

The original Edmonton Oil Kings were a junior hockey team that played in the Western Canada Junior Hockey League from 1951 to 1956. They then played with the senior amateur Central Alberta Hockey League from 1956 to 1965, winning the 1963 Memorial Cup. They joined the Alberta Senior Hockey League for the 1965-66 season,[2] prior to jumping to the new Western Canada Junior Hockey League in 1966. The Oil Kings were also initially successful in the WCHL, capturing two President's Cup titles. However, with the arrival of the World Hockey Association and the Oilers in 1972, the junior club's attendance began to plummet. Approximately 150,000 fans went to Oil Kings games in 1971–72. That number dropped to 90,000 the next year, and 68,000 the following year.[3] The original Oil Kings moved to Portland, Oregon in 1976, becoming the Portland Winter Hawks.

An attempt at reviving the Oil Kings in 1978 lasted only one season, as the juniors were once again unable to compete with the pros. Bill Hunter purchased the Flin Flon Bombers and brought them to Alberta's capital. However, the team only averaged about 500 fans per game, and rumours that the team would again relocate began to swirl before the first season was even complete.[4] The second Oil Kings relocated again to become the Great Falls Americans, where the team would only last 28 more games before folding.

Despite the long held belief that major-junior hockey could not survive against the pros, the WHL returned to Calgary in 1995, and Edmonton in 1996. At the time, the Oilers were struggling on the ice, as well as attendance. The Oilers refused to work with the Edmonton Ice, blocking them from playing in Northlands Coliseum, thus relegating them to the substandard Northlands Agricom. The Ice relocated to Cranbrook, British Columbia, becoming the Kootenay Ice, after two underwhelming seasons.

"Return of the Kings"[edit]

The Oil Kings face the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL's Battle of Alberta.

With the Flames owned Hitmen leading the WHL in attendance the past four seasons, and the Vancouver Giants also proving to be a major success at the gate, the Oilers ownership group had spent the last three years attempting to purchase a WHL team, even going so far as to put out an open offer of $5 million - well over market value - for any WHL franchise in 2004.[5] With no takers, and with the 2004–05 NHL lockout looming, the Oilers chose to relocate their AHL team to Rexall Place as the Edmonton Roadrunners. Despite finishing third in the AHL in attendance, the Oilers suspended the Roadrunners after only one season rather than have their minor league team competing against themselves. The Oilers then resumed their quest for a WHL team.

When the sale of the Tri-City Americans to Chilliwack, British Columbia failed, the WHL placed an expansion team in Chilliwack, and the door for Edmonton was finally reopened. While the league had previously refused to consider further expansion, believing 20 teams was enough, the addition of the Chilliwack Bruins left the league with an odd number of franchises. Preferring an even number of teams, the league announced its return to Edmonton on March 16, 2006 with the granting of a conditional expansion franchise, named the Edmonton Oil Kings in homage to the former franchise.

The team began play in the 2007–08 WHL season and finished with a record of 22–39–11, good for 55 points, but not enough to make the playoffs. They have recently enjoyed more success, reaching the WHL playoffs four times in the last 5 years.

The Oil Kings most recently captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup twice as victors of the WHL playoffs for the 2011–12 and 2013–14 WHL seasons, earning berths to the 2012 and 2014 Memorial Cups. On May 25, 2014 the Oil Kings won the franchise's third, first for the reborn team, Memorial Cup after defeating the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm by a score of 6-3.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Head Coach Avg Attendance Highest Attendance Playoffs
2007–08 72 22 39 4 7 162 241 55 5th Central Steve Pleau 5,189 9,306
March 14, 2008 vs. Red Deer Rebels
Out of playoffs
2008–09 72 29 34 4 5 191 252 67 5th Central Steve Pleau 5,538 13,765
January 31, 2009 vs. Regina Pats
Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2009–10 72 16 43 4 9 169 285 45 6th Central Steve Pleau 4,730 9,168
January 13, 2010 vs. Kootenay Ice
Out of playoffs
2010–11 72 31 34 2 5 249 252 69 4th Central Derek Laxdal 5,154 12,960
March 18, 2011 vs. Red Deer Rebels
Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final
2011–12 72 50 15 3 4 310 193 107 1st Central Derek Laxdal 6,421 16,651
March 10, 2012 vs. Red Deer Rebels
Won Championship
2012–13 72 51 15 2 4 278 155 108 1st Central Derek Laxdal 7,375 16,370
March 16, 2013 vs. Red Deer Rebels
Lost final
2013–14 72 50 19 2 1 290 179 103 1st Central Derek Laxdal 6,742 13,912
March 16, 2014 vs. Red Deer Rebels
Won Championship
Won Memorial Cup

WHL Championship history[edit]

Memorial Cup Final history[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated January 4, 2014.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
13 Canada Baddock, BrandonBrandon Baddock LW R 19 2010 Vermilion, Alberta 2014, 161st overall, NJD
25 United States Bauer, LaneLane Bauer C L 18 2013 Anchorage, Alaska Undrafted
12 Canada Benson, ColeCole Benson C L 19 2010 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
11 Canada Bertolucci, LukeLuke Bertolucci RW L 19 2010 Montrose, British Columbia Undrafted
22 Canada Carroll, BenBen Carroll D L 19 2012 Sherwood Park, Alberta Undrafted
2 United States Corbett, CodyCody Corbett (A) D L 20 2011 Lakeland, Minnesota Undrafted
20 Denmark Eller, MadsMads Eller LW L 19 2013 Rødovre, Denmark Undrafted
24 Canada Irving, AaronAaron Irving D R 18 2012 Edmonton, Alberta 2014, 162nd overall, NSH
30 Canada Jarry, TristanTristan Jarry G L 19 2010 Surrey, British Columbia 2013, 44th Overall, PIT
14 Canada Kieser, RileyRiley Kieser (A) C L 21 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta Undrafted
23 Latvia Kulda, EdgarsEdgars Kulda LW L 19 2012 Riga, Latvia 2014, 193rd overall, ARI
27 Canada Lazar, CurtisCurtis Lazar (A) C R 19 2010 Salmon Arm, British Columbia 2013, 17th Overall, OTT
37 Canada Mayo, DysinDysin Mayo D R 18 2011 Victoria, British Columbia 2014, 133rd overall, ARI
28 Canada Mills, JesseJesse Mills D R 17 2013 Westside, British Columbia Eligible 2015
29 Canada Moroz, MitchellMitchell Moroz LW L 20 2009 Calgary, Alberta 2012, 32nd Overall, EDM
4 Canada Orban, BlakeBlake Orban D R 20 2014 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted
18 Canada Petryk, ReidReid Petryk C R 21 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
39 Canada Pollock, BrettBrett Pollock C L 18 2011 Sherwood Park, Alberta 2014, 45th overall, DAL
17 Canada Ralph, BrandonBrandon Ralph LW L 18 2011 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Undrafted
8 Canada Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart (C) D L 20 2009 West Vancouver, British Columbia 2012, 4th Overall, NYI
5 Canada Sautner, AshtonAshton Sautner D L 20 2011 Wolseley, Saskatchewan Undrafted
10 United States Samuelsson, HenrikHenrik Samuelsson C R 20 2012 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2012, 27th Overall, PHX
35 Canada Santos, TylerTyler Santos G L 19 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta Undrafted
36 Canada Walter, MitchellMitchell Walter RW R 18 2013 Delta, British Columbia Undrafted

WHL awards and trophies[edit]

Ed Chynoweth Cup

Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

WHL Plus-Minus Award

Brad Hornung Trophy

Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

WHL Playoff MVP


Memorial Cup trophies[edit]

Memorial Cup

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy

Ed Chynoweth Trophy

George Parsons Trophy


NHL alumni[edit]

NHL 1st round draft picks

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Oil Kings Welcome New Owner". Official website of the Edmonton Oil Kings. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-08-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/edmonton-oil-kings-5625.html
  3. ^ Official WHL Website ::[dead link]
  4. ^ Official WHL Website ::[dead link]
  5. ^ Brownlee, Robin (2005-04-16). "What the WHL?". Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-09. 
  6. ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2012-09-19 

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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