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Jason Williams Signed To AHL Contract In OKC

Jason Williams Signed To AHL Contract In OKC

Here at Tend The Farm we got wind of a potential vet signing nearly a week ago. The “tipster” suggested it would be someone “long in the tooth”, “a familiar name”, and “likely a defender”. Two out of three ain’t bad, and instead we get Jason Williams.

Williams, of course, is about as seasoned as they come. 400+ NHL games, a Stanley Cup winner, a player who has had games in four different leagues around the world – he is the Webster 1868 definition of a veteran signing. He, of course, plays center. The irony here is that the Edmonton Oilers needed a really strong, vet center to shoulder some of the youthfulness (and turrbleness) at that position. Instead, it’s the OKC Barons that have a logjam of centerman (five), and probably would have been “A-Okay” in terms of not having a vet centerman. Nonetheless, we get one, and he will be put to good use.

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Oklahoma City To Play October 3rd Preseason Game

Oklahoma City To Play October 3rd Preseason Game

Schedule news is good news regardless of how tiny. Before the mid-August AHL schedule is released you can go ahead and pencil in a trip to Cedar Park, Texas on October 3rd where the Oklahoma City Barons will face off against the reigning Calder Cup champs and division rival, the Texas Stars. In addition, the Texas Stars will host a preseason game against San Antonio on October 5th.

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Oklahoma City Adds One More Assistant, Tony Borgford

Oklahoma City Adds One More Assistant, Tony Borgford

In the wake of Rocky Thompson being promoted to the Edmonton Oilers, and JF Houle being announced as the new head coach in Bakersfield, the Oklahoma City Barons have added to their coaching team. Announced today, Tony Borgford, has been assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons. Having logged recent assistant time with the Winnipeg Jets, Borgford isn’t a complete stranger.

Having coached alongside Todd Nelson with the Atlanta Thrashers organization prior to the teams turn-over and eventual demise, Borgford is the rare coach that actually kept his job when the team moved way North. He worked in the hockey operations of the Thrashers since their inception in 1999 in many capacities, but almost exclusively with video. This points to a man with good character and high work ethic, something the Barons admire dearly.

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Jean-Francois Houle Named Head Coach In Bakersfield

Jean-Francois Houle Named Head Coach In Bakersfield

The exit of Troy Mann from the Bakersfield Condors this off season (heading to AHL Hershey Bears) hasn’t rattled the team much. They have the confidence of the Edmonton Oilers backing, have had a decent track record of coaching hires, and Mann leaves a quick, but potent legacy. The team is in good shape financially, has a loyal fanbase, and thus the anxiety towards a new coaching hire is rather small. Today they added an important piece to the already successful team – a new head coach in Jean-Francois Houle

Rocky Thompson’s move to become the Edmonton Oilers number three assistant quickly removed his name from the coaching equation in Bakersfield. This left the door wide open for a new hire, and the team somehow managed to keep the announcement sealed tightly. Good on them.

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Thunder To Relocate D-League 66ers to OKC

Thunder To Relocate D-League 66ers to OKC

News came out today that the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder are relocating their Development League franchise in Tulsa to OKC. The 66ers have spent the last two seasons in the SpiritBank Center in nearby Bixby, Oklahoma. Officials were recently informed that the arena was no longer going to lease the facility to the team, prompting the move. Multiple sources have the Thunder talking to the city to have the team play out of the Cox Convention Center, current home of the Oklahoma City Barons.

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Rocky Thompson Promoted To NHL Assistant With Oilers

Rocky Thompson Promoted To NHL Assistant With Oilers

One of the good guys (who was an on-ice “bad” guy) in the coaching game, Rocky Thompson, has been promoted from assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Barons to the third assistant alongside Dallas Eakins with the Edmonton Oilers. Known for his grizzly ways as a player, Thompson has blossomed into one heckuva “X’s” and “O’s” type coach who mostly watches Oklahoma City Barons games from the press box. For all the gushing I do over Todd Nelson, the two assistants who have worked alongside him for the first four seasons of AHL play in OKC are equally as capable and highly sought after.

Typical gamedays were spent with Gerry Fleming and Todd Nelson behind the bench. There were times where all three were behind the crowded player pine, but those times were rare. However, when Thompson was rinkside he was known for donning a fedora of masculine proportions. A nod, most likely, to his colorful tendencies of old.

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