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The Next Big Step For Oklahoma City Barons Hockey? Making A Name

The Next Big Step For Oklahoma City Barons Hockey? Making A Name


As we watch our beloved Oklahoma City Barons embark on a playoff push for the fourth consecutive season of AHL hockey, we look around at the state of sports in this state, and take a collective breath.

For years hockey in Oklahoma was a niche sport that remained at the forefront of pro sports in its capital city. The infusion of NBA basketball has revolutionized the sporting endeavors throughout the city, and in neighboring towns. The sullied state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State basketball seems to be subsiding, but even they feel the weight of competition with similar seasoned sports. Football, hockey, basketball, soccer -regardless of the sport, the landscape is crowded in a city that barely tops 600,000 strong (OKC proper, that is).

So what’s the next big step for Oklahoma City Barons hockey? Better players? More wins? Continued coaching excellence? More backsides in the seats? How about making a name.

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Darnell Nurse, One Game In

Darnell Nurse, One Game In


You’d like to think that a Darnell Nurse professional hockey debut were as great as your first ride in a brand new car. The polish so shiny that it burns your eyes in the noon day sun. The hardware so pristine that you’d rather not put a solitary finger print on the gear shift. The interior is rigid, uncomfortable in its newness, but the aroma infectious. The seats are too high, too low, too prostrate, so you tweak the living daylights out of the mechanical seat shifting buttons.

Despite the perfect hue to the entire situation, your new car isn’t really your car until you spill an Arnold Palmer in the center console, and the kids throw Cheerios from the nose to the aft. It takes time.

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Squeezing In Darnell Nurse, You Bet!

Squeezing In Darnell Nurse, You Bet!

Darnell Nurse, first round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, has completed his postseason with the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. His fifty points in sixty-four games played in the regular season were quality numbers. His eight points in nine post season games played again is very good quality. At only nineteen years old, Nurse is a dandy of a prospect. Gernat, Marincin, Klefbom, Musil, Nurse – all have some potential for various reasons, and thus the Oilers organization (and fans) have been keeping tabs on Nurse’s play because he is just so darned important.

A slew of offensive prospects have hit the Oklahoma City Barons via ATO’s in the last couple of days. Collegiate and junior players, once their seasons have ended, are encouraged to find ATO’s in the pros that allow them to just barely dip their toe in the ranks of “big boy” hockey. It has been rumored, in various locations, that Nurse might join the Barons in the coming days.

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Oklahoma City Beats Charlotte Twice, Four Points Is Nice

Oklahoma City Beats Charlotte Twice, Four Points Is Nice

As the voice of the Oklahoma City Barons, Jim Byers, is want to say, “It sure is nice playing meaningful hockey in the month of April.”

Indeed it is. After barely scraping by the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday night, the newly redesigned Oklahoma City Barons hosted the Charlotte Checkers in a Saturday and Sunday two-for. The games were hugely important for both squads, whom are battling for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference as we dangerously approach two more weeks remaining in the AHL season.

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The OKC Barons Desperately Need Two Wi- Didn’t I Post This Already?

The OKC Barons Desperately Need Two Wi- Didn’t I Post This Already?

It’s a near-repeat of last weekend. The Oklahoma City Barons face the Charlotte Checkers for a pair of games during a weekend. The Barons and Checkers are neck and neck in the race for the 7th and 8th spot in the Western Conference playoffs, but…

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Greg Chase’s First Pro Goal (GIF)

Greg Chase’s First Pro Goal (GIF)

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