Oklahoma City Blazers
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|Oklahoma City Blazers|
|City||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|League||Central Hockey League|
Cox Convention Center
Burgundy, Gold, White
|General manager||Brad Lund|
|Head coach||Doug Sauter|
|1992–2009||Oklahoma City Blazers|
|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.
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. 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.
Original Blazers franchise, 1965-1977
The first incarnation of the Blazers played in an earlier Central Hockey League between 1965 and 1977.
|2000-2001||CHL||Ray Miron Cup|
|1995-1996||CHL||William “Bill” Levins Memorial Cup|