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Oklahoma City Barons
Logo Oklahoma City Barons.png
City Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 1984
Operated 2010–2015
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)
Website http://www.okcbarons.com
Franchise history
1984–1988 Nova Scotia Oilers
1988–1996 Cape Breton Oilers
1996–2003 Hamilton Bulldogs
2003–2004 Toronto Roadrunners
2004–2005 Edmonton Road Runners
2010–2015 Oklahoma City Barons
2015–present Bakersfield Condors
Championships
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.

History

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 Barons were named through a fan contest. Before the Barons, the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City had also been the home to former Central Hockey League franchises, the Oklahoma City Stars and the Oklahoma City Blazers. Bob Funk Jr., who headed the former Blazers' ownership group, is also at the helm of Prodigal Hockey LLC, the Barons' ownership group.

Todd Nelson served as the Barons' first head coach with Gerry Fleming joining him as his assistant. Bill Scott, a former Director of Hockey Operations for the AHL, served as the Barons' first general manager.

In December 2014, Nelson was promoted to the Oilers' coaching staff as head coach and Fleming being promoted to the Barons' head coach position.

After the team's inaugural season in 2010–11, the Barons finished in the bottom five in the league for average attendance, including worst in the league in 2012–13. On December 18, 2014, the Oilers and Barons announced that the Barons would cease operations after the current season citing continued financial losses stemming from poor attendance.

On January 29, 2015, the AHL announced that the Edmonton Oilers' AHL franchise would be located in Bakersfield, California, replacing the Barons beginning with the 2015–16 season. The Oilers' owned-and-operated Bakersfield Condors are part of a new Pacific Division that introduced the league to the state of California.

Team information

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.

Mascot

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 was to interact 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.

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of May 20, 2015.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
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

Players

Team captains

  • Ben Ondrus, 2010–11
  • Bryan Helmer, 2011–12
  • Josh Green, 2012–13
  • Anton Lander, 2013–15
  • Ryan Hamilton, 2015

Notable alumni

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.

  • United States Mark Arcobello
  • Brandon Davidson
  • Taylor Fedun
  • Josh Green
  • Bryan Helmer
  • Brad Hunt
  • Sweden Anton Lander
  • Slovakia Martin Marinčin
  • United States Tyler Pitlick
  • United States Chris VandeVelde

Individual award winners

Bryan Helmer Oklahoma City Barons
Bryan Helmer, February 2011

Willie Marshall Award (Leading Goal Scorer)

  • Colin McDonald, 2010–11

Eddie Shore Award (Best Defenseman)

  • Justin Schultz, 2012–13

Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award (Best Goaltender)

  • Yann Danis, 2011–12

Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award

  • Brandon Davidson, 2012–13
  • Bryan Helmer, 2010–11

Team records

Single season

Colin McDonald
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

Career games: Curtis Hamilton, 208 (2011–15)
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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