Oklahoma City Barons
|Oklahoma City Barons|
|City||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Home arena||Cox Convention Center|
|Colors||Blue, orange, white
|Owner(s)||Oilers Entertainment Group
Prodigal, LLC (local management)
|Affiliates||Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
|1984–1988||Nova Scotia Oilers|
|1988–1996||Cape Breton Oilers|
|2004–2005||Edmonton Road Runners|
|2010–2015||Oklahoma City Barons|
|Division Championships||1 (2011–12)|
The Oklahoma City Barons were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). The team's first season was 2010–11. They played their home games at the Cox Convention Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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. The name, logos and colors were leaked nearly two weeks before they were officially released on May 19, 2010.
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. The franchise had gone through six 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 15, 2010, it was announced that Todd Nelson would be the Barons' Head Coach, with Gerry Fleming joining him as his assistant. On August 6, Bill Scott, a former Director of Hockey Operations for the AHL, was named as the Barons' General Manager.
On December 15, 2014, Nelson was promoted to the Oilers coaching staff as Head Coach, with Fleming being promoted to the Barons Head Coach position.
On December 18, 2014, it was announced that the Barons would cease operations after the current season. Among the factors for the team's failure were continuing financial losses stemming from poor attendance and the eventual establishment of the AHL's Pacific Division, in which the Edmonton Oilers opted to use the Barons' franchise to establish their own owned-and-operated team in California.
Relocation and replacement
On January 29, 2015, it was confirmed by the AHL via press conference that the Edmonton Oilers AHL franchise would establish a new team in Bakersfield, California to take the place of the Barons. The Bakersfield Condors are part of a new Pacific Division that introduced the league to the state of California.
Logos and uniforms
The Oklahoma City Barons colors were midnight blue, copper and white (with red used for outlining) later on changed to blue, orange and white. This color palette was also used by the Edmonton Oilers between 1996 and 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.
Like the other 29 teams in the American Hockey League, the Oklahoma City Barons played in the Reebok EDGE style uniforms. The Barons' home uniform was a white jersey with a midnight blue collar and trim the white jersey , 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.
The Oklahoma City Barons' official team mascot was a mountain lion, named Derrick. Derrick was officially introduced on July 27, 2010, after a lengthy "Name the Mascot" fan contest, which was held on the Barons' website. 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.
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.
|Calder Cup Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||League Leader|
Records as of May 20, 2015.
|2010–11||80||40||29||2||9||91||.569||245||234||5th, West||2011||L, 2–4, HAM||—||—||—|
|2011–12||76||45||22||4||5||99||.651||215||176||1st, West||2012||W, 3–1, HOU||W, 4–1, SA||L, 1–4, TOR||—|
|2012–13||76||40||25||2||9||91||.599||240||228||3rd, South||2013||W, 3-2, CHA||W, 4-1, TEX||L, 3-4, GR||—|
|2013–14||76||36||29||2||9||83||.546||239||256||3rd, West||2014||L, 0–3, TEX||—||—||—|
|2014–15||76||41||27||5||3||90||.592||224||212||3rd, West||2015||W, 3-0, SA||L, 3-4, UTI||-||—|
|Totals||384||202||132||15||35||454||.591||1,163||1,106||5 Playoff Appearances|
- Ben Ondrus, 2010–11
- Bryan Helmer, 2011–12
- Josh Green, 2012–13
- Anton Lander, 2013–2015
- Ryan Hamilton, 2015
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
Willie Marshall Award (Leading Goal Scorer)
Eddie Shore Award (Best Defenseman)
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Best Goaltender)
- 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 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)
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- "First two Barons signed to play in OKC". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- "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.
- "Bill Scott named GM of Barons". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
- "Oilers Add Todd Nelson To Coaching Staff; Name Fleming Barons Coach". okcbarons.com. December 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
- "OKC Barons To Cease Operations At End Of Current Season". news9.com. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "Derrick". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- "Barons introduce their mascot Derrick the Mountain Lion". Oklahoma City Barons. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- Hockeydb.com, Oklahoma City Barons season statistics and records.
- Oklahoma City Barons official website
- Facebook | Official Oklahoma City Barons
- OKC Barons Hockey (OKCBaronsHockey on Twitter)
- OKC Barons Fan Forum