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Tend The Farm ~ From the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma comes Tend The Farm, where the little seedlings called Barons one day hope to blossom into full time Oilers -- one season at a time. Oh, and, farming the Oilers ain't easy. - page 2

Bachman, Hunt, & Miller Represent OKC In AHL Skills Competition

Bachman, Hunt, & Miller Represent OKC In AHL Skills Competition

The American Hockey League All-Star festivities are officially underway. Utica has welcomed the AHL fans with open arms, and thus we kick things off in fine form with the Skills Competition.

Richard Bachman, Brad Hunt, and Andrew Miller will represent the Western Conference and the Oklahoma City Barons across seven events. The Skills Competition will be broadcast via AHLLive and on Fox Sports Southwest in Oklahoma City (click here to find it in your area), and begins tonight at 7:00pm central.

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AHL & ECHL Locations Nearly “Official” For Edmonton Oilers

AHL & ECHL Locations Nearly “Official” For Edmonton Oilers

As much as it pains me to say this – it looks like Edmonton Oilers hockey is done in Oklahoma City for good. The pipe dream of “flip-flopping” ECHL cities for AHL ones (in OKC) is officially up in smoke as it appears that Bakersfield and an additional location will fill the minor affiliated situation for the Oilers.

Norfolk Admirals owner, Ken Young, who has been a hero in that area of Virginia for procuring high caliber hockey has confirmed that the team has been sold.

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The Tales Of Charlotte Scoring Early, Barons Split Weekend Games

The Tales Of Charlotte Scoring Early, Barons Split Weekend Games

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The Oklahoma City Barons played a two-set this week against the Charlotte Checkers in North Carolina prior to the All-Star break. With three (four if you count Lander) Barons on the All-Star roster for the Western Conference, they’d make the trip owning one of the best records in the league. At the other end of the spectrum is the Charlotte Checkers, who’ve had an up and down and up again season through 40+ games.

It would be a lesson in frustration in game one as the Charlotte Checkers would score the games first goal, and the Barons would scratch and claw their way back to victory. In game two, Charlotte would again score early, but OKC couldn’t muster the offensive strength to overcome a two-goal deficit.

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The AHL To ECHL Flip, Can It (And Should It) Work In Oklahoma City?

The AHL To ECHL Flip, Can It (And Should It) Work In Oklahoma City?

As we stumble down the rabbit hole of a West Coast AHL division (or subdivision or something), fans of the Oklahoma City Barons continue to mop the floor with tears of sorrow for how the traditionally successful minor league hockey market in the center of the US has gone down the drain. We’ve discussed at length (and in various forms) about why the Barons failed at seizing a foothold in the sports landscape in OKC, and we have discussed how a managing ownership has flattened hockey’s existence. Those things will continue to be debated for years to come.

In the meantime, the reality is that AHL hockey is probably leaving Oklahoma City, and the immediate future of hockey in this city is a fuzzy image.

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Call-ups in the Minor Leagues are all part of Player Development

Call-ups in the Minor Leagues are all part of Player Development

Every season fans in the Minor Leagues complain about call-ups from their teams and this is our advice to you: enjoy those call-ups and cheer on your players at a higher level. Someday you might just be able to say “I knew that guy when he played for my local ECHL club, and now’s he’s in the NHL!”

Call-ups are a part of life in the Minors — you can’t avoid it and it is best if you just accept how the entire NHL hockey development system works. It is designed to ultimately help the top tier of professional hockey, the National Hockey League. The NHL calls-up a player from the AHL, the AHL is then short-handed and calls-up a player from the ECHL. This same scenario also happens if a player is injured in the AHL — the team needs an extra player to fill that spot. It is no different than when an ECHL team signs an extra player to fill in a missing spot on their roster – you are calling up that player from the SPHL perhaps.

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Richard Bachman Added To AHL All-Stars Roster

Richard Bachman Added To AHL All-Stars Roster

Andrew Miller, Brad Hunt, and now Richard Bachman will represent the Oklahoma City Barons at this year’s AHL All-Star Game. Bachman, who is the Barons #1 and the Oilers #3, has had a truly fantastic season. Like Martin Gerber and Yann Danis before him, Bachman has been the anchor of his team when they needed him the most. A guy who loves OKC, has family nearby, and is just an all around good fella, Bachman deserves this attaboy.

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