Edmonton Road Runners
|Edmonton Road Runners|
|City||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Rexall Place|
|Colours||Blue, red, and gold|
|1984–1988||Nova Scotia Oilers|
|1988–1996||Cape Breton Oilers|
|2004–2005||Edmonton Road Runners|
|2010–2015||Oklahoma City Barons|
After the 2003–04 season the Edmonton Oilers announced that the Toronto Roadrunners would play the 2004–05 season in Edmonton. where they were based in the Oilers' own arena, Rexall Place. The NHL team's decision to re-locate its affiliate to Edmonton was an unusual one for a North American professional sports organization, and was likely influenced by the expectation that the 2004–05 NHL lockout would wipe out the 2004–05 NHL season. The expectation proved accurate, as the season was officially cancelled on February 16, 2005. With no NHL hockey for the season, the team proved highly successful at the gate, finishing third in the AHL in attendance at 8,854 fans per game despite a disappointing season plagued by injury.
Despite the franchise's short term success, the Oilers' owners realized that Edmonton could probably not support both NHL and AHL franchises in the long term, and Edmonton was never intended to be a permanent location for the Roadrunners. The eventual plan was to re-locate the Roadrunners to Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as part of a transaction that would have re-located the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades to Edmonton in exchange. However, an agreement could not be reached with the owners of the Blades. Without their backing Credit Union Centre was unavailable to the Roadrunners as the terms of the Blades' lease precludes its abrogation save for the relocation of an NHL team to the facility. As a result, the team announced on June 6, 2005 that they were requesting permission from the American Hockey League to suspend team operations. The decision was likely motivated by the improving lockout negotiations and the widespread belief that the Oilers would be back for the 2005–06 season, which was confirmed when the owners and players agreed on July 13, 2005 to a new six-year collective bargaining agreement.
Though the Oilers chose first to maintain split AHL affiliations in 2005-06 and 2007–08, then make a conventional agreement with the Springfield Falcons for the next three seasons, they retained the rights to the dormant Road Runners franchise. Beginning in the 2010-11 season, the franchise was resurrected as the Oklahoma City Barons.
|2004–05||80||32||33||11||4||79||201||223||6th, North||Did not Qualify|
- Goals: 22 Tony Salmelainen, Brad Winchester
- Assists: 26 Kyle Brodziak
- Points: 46 Tony Salmelainen, Raffi Torres
- Penalty minutes: 231 Rocky Thompson
- GAA: 2.63 Tyler Moss
- SV%: .906 Tyler Moss
- Goaltending wins: 24 Tyler Moss
- Shutouts: 5 Tyler Moss
- Games: 80 Jeff Woywitka
- Edmonton Oilers (2004-2005)