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The Origin Of Iiro The Hero (And Other Finnish Things)

The Origin Of Iiro The Hero (And Other Finnish Things)

There is a lack of Finnish things on the Edmonton Oilers these days. In fact there was a lack of Finnish things on the Oklahoma City Barons roster since the departure of Teemu Hartikainen. The grand five years that the Barons have been in existence they have managed to position seven Baltic Sea lovers in the lineup, and seven has always been God’s perfect number. Toni Rajala, Antti Tyrvainen, Teemu Hartikainen, and to a lesser extent Lennart Petrell, Niko Hovinen, and Frans Tuohimaa have given opponents Helsinki Hell and caused a frenzied hot flash to Barons fans far and wide. The swoon-worthy-ness of Finnish hockey players has always been a tiny obsession of mine, and it only grows as the days go by.

This year the Oklahoma City Barons have introduced their latest Finnish Phenom and his name is Iiro, Iiro the Hero.

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Barons Struggle To Play Full Game, Lose To San Antonio

Barons Struggle To Play Full Game, Lose To San Antonio

The Rampage and the Barons were both coming off losses the night prior to meeting on Saturday in the heart of Oklahoma City. While the Barons carried over their solid final period from the night before, the Rampage would continue the so-so doldrums. But quickly the script would flip and the Rampage would out man, out muscle, and flat out dominate the back half of the game on route to a 5-4 victory.

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Barons Come Close, Lose To Stars 3-2

Barons Come Close, Lose To Stars 3-2

Hockey’s opening night in Bricktown 2014 was bound to be interesting. A matchup against the Calder Cup champs whom, by the way, swept the Barons in the first round en route to that same Cup always makes for a grand stage. The Stars, a formidable…

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Oklahoma City Comes Home For Two “I’m Gonna Be Strong”

Workin’ For The Weekend: Oklahoma City Comes Home For Two “I’m Gonna Be Strong”

I was born in 1980. That same year the world discovered Cyndi Lauper before she was Cyndi Lauper. Nowadays, when perusing VH1, you might stumble upon Ms. Lauper every now and again, and think to yourself, “Who is this woman, and what happened to her?”. At 61 years of age she still balances the fine line between art and oddity not only publicly, but privately as well. This mirrors her career spanning nearly 35 years.

To be totally honest, I often find myself singing Lauper tunes. They are heavily crafted to be ear worms of the highest level. For that, the writing and execution of some of Lauper’s greatest hits should truly be lauded. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “She Bop”, “Time After Time”, “True Colors”, and even that crazy ‘Goonies’ song point to the highly skilled writing of a truly smart human being.

Lauper had an usual voice, instantly recognizable, but certainly not common among female performers of the day. While the glam hit full stride in the early 80’s, Lauper was okay being slightly different in both her approach and her demonstration of art. But where did it all begin?

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Some Up, Some Down, A Day Of Roster Changes

Some Up, Some Down, A Day Of Roster Changes

As the Oklahoma City Barons march towards their home opener on Friday evening at 7:00pm, the whirling carousel of change again strikes warmly on the great plains. Announced today were a couple of things. Richard Bachman has been recalled to Edmonton to replace the groin-injured Viktor Fasth. Also recalled is winger Steve Pinizzotto, whom the Oilers continue to love out of training camp. In return the Barons receive Bogdan Yakimov after a brief stint (one game) against LA. Meanwhile, Frans Tuohimaa is headed to Oklahoma City to backup NOW starting goaltender Laurent Brossoit.

The early reports are that Fasth, Nugent-Hopkins, and Eberle are ailing. Not a good threesome to be gimpy. Three games in, three losses (but an OT no-one-loses point), and suddenly three injuries. This is not good news, no it isn’t.

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Richard Bachman To Replace Injured Viktor Fasth In Edmonton

Richard Bachman To Replace Injured Viktor Fasth In Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers are three games in. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed last night’s game with undisclosed ailments. Viktor Fasth was plauged by a groin injury after playing through 15:00, giving up three goals on eleven shots. It’s not the start the Oilers wanted nor is it helpful to OKC, but in the end, we remember there is depth on the farm. That’s good news.

The OKC Barons have played one single game to date in the 14-15 minor league campaign. The lopsided scheduling tactics of a “weekend” league have drug the Barons to San Antonio for game one, then back home nearly a full week later to play a Friday/Saturday two-some. They’ll face Texas on Friday, and San Antonio on Saturday. With the upcoming games comes a deep breathe, and kind words (although forced) for the Oilers. It appears that in Fasth’s absence (currently listed as day-to-day) that Richard Bachman is the candidate to replace him in the NHL roster.

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