Edmonton Oilers Announce Oklahoma City Barons as New AHL Affiliate

May 20th, 2010 by Mike Burse Leave a reply »
Beginning the 2010-11 season, the Oklahoma City Barons will be the Edmonton Oilers new AHL affiliate. The team will play out of the 13,399 seat Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The team's offical website is at http://okcbarons.com/ .

The Cox Convention Center, more commonly referred to in the area as "the Myriad" after it's original name, opened in 1972. Since that time it has hosted many events and sports teams. Currently the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League also call the arena home.

The arena is due for a budgeted $4.5 million upgrade resulting from the Barons beginning play there in October 2010. The last hockey franchise that called the arena home was the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League in 2002, before they moved to the newer Ford Center and suspended operations in 2009.

The Oklahoma City Barons ownership group, known as Prodigal Hockey, is headed by Robert Funk. Robert Funk was also the head of the Oklahoma City Blazers ownership group. The team name was decided based on fan submissions to the Prodigal Hockey website.

Some of the more popular submissions were Energy, ...

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