Oklahoma City Blazers

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Oklahoma City Blazers
OKC Blazers.jpg
City Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
League Central Hockey League
Conference Northern Conference
Division Northeast Division
Founded 1992
Home arena Myriad
Cox Convention Center
Colors

Burgundy, Gold, White

              
Owner(s) Bob Funk
General manager Brad Lund
Head coach Doug Sauter
Affiliates None
Franchise history
1992–2009 Oklahoma City Blazers
Championships
Division Championships 9
Ray Miron President's Cup 2

The Oklahoma City Blazers were a professional ice hockey team that played in the Northwest Division of the Central Hockey League. The Blazers played at the Ford Center, located in downtown Oklahoma City. Their colors were burgundy, gold and white. On July 2, 2009, the Blazers ceased operations after failing to reach a lease agreement with the city.[1]

Starting with the 2010-11 season, the market will be served by the Oklahoma City Barons AHL franchise playing at Cox Convention Center as the top affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

History[edit]

The last incarnation of the Blazers came into being in 1992 with the revival of the CHL. They were one of the most successful minor league hockey franchises of all time, routinely drawing 8,000 fans or more.[citation needed] On ice, the Blazers excelled as well, winning an unprecedented nine regular season division championships (including seven straight, 1996-2003), five regular-season points titles and CHL championships in 1996 and 2001. The franchise's two great stars, Joe Burton and Hardy Sauter, are the CHL's first and third all-time career leading scorers, and Burton is the fourth leading goal scorer in minor league hockey history.

In 2009 the Blazers withdrew their lease with Oklahoma City and ceased operations stating that "it is not economically feasible for us to go on at this point." Following years of speculation, Oklahoma City was officially granted an AHL franchise on February 10, 2010. The new AHL team is called the Oklahoma City Barons. They began play in the 2010-11 season as the top affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.

It was announced on December 18, 2014, that the Oklahoma City Barons would leave OKC at the end of the season.

Original Blazers franchise, 1965-1977[edit]

The first incarnation of the Blazers played in an earlier Central Hockey League between 1965 and 1977.

Championships[edit]

Year League Trophy
2000-2001 CHL Ray Miron Cup
1995-1996 CHL William “Bill” Levins Memorial Cup

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.newsok.com/okc-blazers-cease-operations-city-to-talk-with-ahl-team/article/3382433?custom_click=lead_story_title