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OKC Blazers “Interested” In Return, Joining ECHL in 2016

OKC Blazers “Interested” In Return, Joining ECHL in 2016

If you live in Oklahoma City or were a fan of the OKC Blazers you surely remember the name Brad Lund. Lead executive for sixteen seasons and four-time CHL Executive of the Year, Lund was one of many responsible for the 90’s through 00’s success of the Central League Blazers long before the Oklahoma City Thunder came to town, but most certainly long before the Oklahoma City Barons were a possibility.

Lund is now co-owner and operator of Sold Out Strategies, a sports management and marketing agency in downtown Oklahoma City.

Over the weekend Brad Lund posted a series of tweets and photos that sparked a bit of discussion among long-time fans of hockey in OKC, and most certainly perked the attention of Blazers fans around the city.

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Edmonton Oilers Say “Thank You” To OKC In Full Page Ad

Edmonton Oilers Say “Thank You” To OKC In Full Page Ad

The Oklahoma City Barons season ended at the hands of the Utica Comets just a few days ago. Since then it has been difficult to say goodbye to a franchise we have loved for five years, but we have done it, and we continue to be grateful.

The Edmonton Oilers said “Thank You” to the team, the fans, the community, and owners that have given us one heckuva a run.

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Dallas Considering OKC: ECHL Rumors Continue

Dallas Considering OKC: ECHL Rumors Continue

The season isn’t even cold yet for the Oklahoma City Barons, and the rumors of hockey returning to the city are beginning to heat up. With the AHL lumbering its way out of Oklahoma’s capital city, it seems logical for fans to turn their ears…

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The Sweater

The Sweater

I have an Oklahoma City Barons sweater.

That sweater is dark navy with copper, white, and red stripes on the sleeve. It has a tight v-neck design that is tailored perfectly for a head, two ears, two eyes, and a mess of hair to squeeze through. The back is stitched with breathable fabric that is perfect for early October heat and late May playoff pushes. The front features a nearly 24″ logo, the traditional Barons mark. The left shoulder has an OKC Barons oil drop, the right the iconic Edmonton Oilers logo. The sleeves are the perfect length, hitting me on the wrist as the radius and ulna meet, but not too far past where the carpals begin. It is comfortable, well worn, easy to clean, and perhaps my favorite article of clothing.

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Utica Wins Game Seven, An Era Ends

Utica Wins Game Seven, An Era Ends

Game sevens are terrific things. Game sevens in the hockey world are even more terrific things. They are tight, sound, atypical protective hockey that somehow becomes wildly entertaining despite often being low scoring. We can’t help ourselves. As human beings we like dramatic theater. Every turn, twist, shot, hit, change, and rush is dissected under a microscope in the blink of an eye. Hanging on every play. Watching with anticipation. Listen for the brightly sound of the whistle. Wondering how it will end. Man, don’t you wish you could bottle that up, store it high on shelf, and pull it out when you needed too?

Game seven of the Western Conference semifinals of the Calder Cup postseason was exactly this.

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Fans Snuggle Up For Game 7, Davidson “Game Time Decision”

Fans Snuggle Up For Game 7, Davidson “Game Time Decision”

So here we are. Game seven against the Utica Comets, and the Oklahoma City Barons still have hope. What can only be described as endurance, our beloved minor league hockey team from the Sooner state is on the cusp of yet another appearance in the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The good news is that the Barons are still alive, and fully capable of winning games in Utica. We know that. What we don’t know is if they can win two in a row. The ping-pong nature of this series probably points to two incredibly talented, yet incredibly even teams. If they were to play a best of twenty-one series, all things remaining the same, I would say we might have a stalemate at that point as well. That is the way the cookie crumbles.

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