Oklahoma City Barons

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Oklahoma City Barons
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons season
Logo Oklahoma City Barons.svg
City Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 1984
Home arena Cox Convention Center
Colors

Midnight Blue, Copper, White, Red

                   
Owner(s) Prodigal Hockey, LLC
(Bob Funk, Jr., President)
General manager Bill Scott
Head coach Todd Nelson
Captain Anton Lander
Media The Oklahoman
96.1 KXY
Affiliates Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Website http://www.okcbarons.com/
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
Championships
Division Championships 1 (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 Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of May 9, 2014.[11]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 25, 2014.[12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
2 Canada Craig, GraemeGraeme Craig D L 21 2014 Red Deer, Alberta Barons
11 United States Ford, MatthewMatthew Ford (A) RW R 29 2013 West Hills, California Barons
32 Canada Holmberg, MitchMitch Holmberg RW R 21 2014 Sherwood Park, Alberta Barons
41 Canada Jones, ConnorConnor Jones C L 23 2014 Montrose, British Columbia Barons
42 Canada Jones, KellenKellen Jones LW L 23 2014 Montrose, British Columbia Barons
United States Ludwig, C.J.C.J. Ludwig D R 24 2014 Little Elm, Texas Barons
38 United States Oesterle, JordanJordan Oesterle D L 22 2014 Dearborn Heights, Michigan Barons
1 Canada Rimmer, TyTy Rimmer G L 22 2013 Edmonton, Alberta Barons
Canada Williams, JasonJason Williams RW R 33 2014 London, Ontario Barons
4 Canada Winquist, JoshuaJoshua Winquist LW L 20 2014 St. Albert, Alberta Barons


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) & Richard Bachman, 26 (2013–14)
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, 60 (2010–14)
Career assists: Mark Arcobello, 101 (2010–14)
Career points: Mark Arcobello, 161 (2010–14)
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 2014-04-01. 

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