Tulsa Oilers

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Tulsa Oilers
Hockey current event.svg 2018–19 ECHL season
City Tulsa, Oklahoma
League ECHL
Founded1992 (in the CHL)
Home arena BOK Center
ColorsNavy blue, maroon, silver, white
Owner(s)Rodney Steven
Brandon Steven
Johnny Steven
General manager Taylor Hall
Head coach Rob Murray
Affiliates St. Louis Blues (NHL)
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Franchise history
1992–presentTulsa Oilers
Division Championships1 (2018–19)
Ray Miron President's Cup1 (1993)

The Tulsa Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which play in the ECHL. The Oilers played their home games at the Tulsa Convention Center until 2008 when they moved into the new BOK Center. For many years, the Tulsa Oilers name was shared with Tulsa's former minor-league baseball team that pre-dated the Tulsa Drillers. To reduce confusion in local news reporting, the hockey team was often called the "Ice Oilers".

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Tulsa, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2016, the population was 413,505, an increase of 12,591 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 991,005 residents in the MSA and 1,251,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

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Formerly a member of the Central Hockey League, the Oilers are one of only two teams which played every one of the CHL's 22 seasons (the other being the Wichita Thunder). [1] The Oilers established a winning tradition, making the playoffs in 9 of their first 13 seasons. However, their performance in recent years has been less successful making the playoffs three times since 2005. [2]

Central Hockey League North American mid-level minor professional ice hockey league which operated in the late 20th and early 21st centuries

The Central Hockey League (CHL) was a North American mid-level minor professional ice hockey league which operated from 1992 until 2014. Until 2013, it was owned by Global Entertainment Corporation, at which point it was purchased by the individual franchise owners. As of the end of its final season in 2014, three of the 30 National Hockey League teams had affiliations with the CHL: the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Wichita Thunder

The Wichita Thunder are a minor league hockey team based in Wichita, Kansas. The team played in the Central Hockey League from 1992 until 2014, and then in the ECHL since the 2014–15 season. From 1992 until December 2009 the Thunder played in the Britt Brown Arena located in the northern Wichita suburb of Park City. In January 2010, the team began playing its home games at the newly built Intrust Bank Arena.

Original owner Jeff Lund played an integral part in assembling the 1992–93 team, led by veteran minor league coach and former NHL ironman Garry Unger. The team, anchored by high-scoring forward Sylvain Naud and veteran goalie Tony Martino, finished the regular season in second place, right behind intrastate rival Oklahoma City Blazers. However, in the revived league's first championship series the Oilers handily defeated the Blazers, clinching the title on OKC's home ice. Lund assumed ownership of the franchise in February 1999 after being the team's general manager. [3]

Garry Douglas "Iron man" Unger is a former professional ice hockey centre who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1967 until 1983.

Oklahoma City Blazers (1992–2009)

The Oklahoma City Blazers were a professional ice hockey team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that played in the Central Hockey League. The Blazers played at the Ford Center, located in downtown Oklahoma City. On July 2, 2009, the Blazers ceased operations after failing to reach a lease agreement with the city.

On June 23, 2013, Lund sold the team to the owners of the Wichita Thunder, the Steven brothers.


Tulsa has previously had several other hockey teams named the "Oilers."

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Tulsa Oilers (1968)

The original Oilers joined the five team American Hockey Association as an expansion team in 1928. Their first home game was January 1, 1929, against the Duluth Hornets, as part of the grand opening of the Tulsa Coliseum. The team won the AHA championship that season, and again in the 1930–31 season. For the 1932–33 season, the Oilers moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, and became the St. Paul Greyhounds, but halfway through the season they moved back to Tulsa once again becoming the Tulsa Oilers. At the end of the 1941–42 season, the AHA and the Oilers disbanded due to World War II. Hockey Hall of Fame members Duke Keats and Bill Cowley played for short periods on the Tulsa Oilers during this period.

Tulsa Coliseum Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Tulsa Coliseum was an indoor arena built in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the corner of Fifth Street and Elgin Avenue. It hosted the Tulsa Oilers ice hockey team from 1929 to 1951. Many other sporting events were held at the facility including rodeos, track meets, professional wrestling, and boxing matches. The building was destroyed by fire in 1952.

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Hockey Hall of Fame award

The Hockey Hall of Fame is an ice hockey museum located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup. Founded in Kingston, Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame was established in 1943 under the leadership of James T. Sutherland. The first class of honoured members was inducted in 1945, before the Hall of Fame had a permanent location. It moved to Toronto in 1958 after the NHL withdrew its support for the International Hockey Hall of Fame in Kingston, Ontario. Its first permanent building opened at Exhibition Place in 1961. The hall was relocated in 1993, and is now in downtown Toronto, inside Brookfield Place, and a historic Bank of Montreal building.

The AHA was reorganized as the United States Hockey League for the 1945–46 season as a seven team league, once again including the Oilers. That league folded after the 1950–51 season. The team played at Avey's Coliseum during this time. Hockey Hall of Fame member Clint Smith played the 1947–48 season with the Tulsa Oilers after a stellar 11-year career in the NHL with the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks and won the USHL Most Valuable Player Award.

Clint Smith Canadian ice hockey player

Clinton James "Snuffy" Smith was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and head coach best known for his time spent in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a player with the New York Rangers and the Chicago Black Hawks. Following Smith's 10-year NHL career, he served as both a head coach and player in the United States Hockey League (USHL) and American Hockey League (AHL).

New York Rangers National Hockey League franchise in New York City

The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the others being the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.

Chicago Blackhawks hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.

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Tulsa Oilers (2006–2013)
Tulsa Oilers (1972-1982) Tulsa oilers 1972.png
Tulsa Oilers (1972–1982)

In 1964, a new Tulsa Oilers team joined the Central Professional Hockey League (later shortened to Central Hockey League) in its second season of operation. The Oilers won the Adams Cup as the CPHL/CHL champions in 1968, 1976, and 1984.The Oilers played in the CHL until 1984 when the league folded.

The Central Professional Hockey League was a minor professional ice hockey league that operated in the United States from 1963 to 1984. Named the Central Hockey League for the 1968–69 season and forward, it was owned and operated by the National Hockey League and served as a successor to the Eastern Professional Hockey League, which had folded after the 1962–63 season. Four of the CHL's initial franchises were, in fact, relocations of the previous year's EPHL teams, while the fifth came from the International Hockey League. Its founding president was Jack Adams, who served in the role until his death in 1968. The CHL's championship trophy was called the Adams Cup in his honor.

The 1964-65 Central Professional Hockey League season was the second season of the Central Professional Hockey League, a North American minor pro league. Six teams participated in the regular season, and the St. Paul Rangers won the league title.

The Adams Cup was awarded annually to the championship team in Central Professional Hockey League (CPHL).

1992–2014 (CHL)

A new Central Hockey League was created in 1992 as a centrally owned league, owned by Ray Miron and Bill Levins. The league was operated by Ray and Monte Miron and funded by Chicago businessman and minor league sports entrepreneur Horn Chen. With the creation of the new CHL the Tulsa Oilers were a team once again. Ray Miron once coached the Oilers in the old CHL and his son Monte had played for the Oilers in 1973–74. Tulsa claimed the CHL championship in the CHL's inaugural season under general manager Jeff Lund and head coach Garry Unger. [4]

The Oilers established a winning tradition, making the playoffs in nine of their first 13 seasons. However, with a decline in their performance and not qualifying for the playoffs since 2005 nor winning a playoff series since 1994, Lund hired former player Taylor Hall as the Oilers' general manager on May 3, 2008. [5] After finishing third to last in the CHL with 18 wins in 64 games in the 2008–09 season, Hall hired head coach Bruce Ramsay, fresh off a trip to the IHL's Turner Cup finals with the Muskegon Fury, on May 21, 2009. [6]

In Ramsay's first season as coach in 2009–10 season, the Oilers rebounded with 28 wins in 64 games to post the second highest point total increase in the CHL from the previous season. [7] On September 2, 2010, the Oilers announced their first National Hockey League affiliation since their reformation in 1992 with the Colorado Avalanche, joining the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. [8]

2014–present (ECHL)

On October 7, 2014, soon before the 2014–15 Central Hockey League season was set to begin, it was announced that the league had ceased operations and the Oilers, along with the Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Quad City Mallards, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush and Wichita Thunder, were all approved the expansion membership application into the ECHL for the 2014–15 season. [9] [10]

On July 31, 2015, the Oilers announced a one-year affiliation with the NHL's Winnipeg Jets and the AHL's Manitoba Moose. [11] After the conclusion of the agreement with the Jets/Moose, the Oilers announced a one-year affiliation with the St. Louis Blues of the NHL, which did not have an AHL affiliate, for the 2017–18 season. [12] The affiliation was extended for another season in 2018–19, but also added the San Antonio Rampage, the Blues' new AHL affiliate. [13]

Season records

SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPTSGFGAPIMRegular season finish
Central Hockey League
2000–01 70362688025925020305th of 6, Western DivisionLost quarterfinal, 0–3 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers
2001–02 64303046420421517012nd of 4, Northwest DivisionDid not qualify
2002–03 643722327921819517043rd of 4, Northwest DivisionDid not qualify
2003–04 642625496519421011984th of 5, Northwest DivisionDid not qualify
2004–05 603225126720621013072nd of 5, Northeast DivisionLost conf. semifinal, 1–4 vs. Colorado Eagles
2005–06 642928436520922716874th of 4, Northwest DivisionDid not qualify
2006–07 642728636322524620444th of 4, Northeast DivisionDid not qualify
2007–08 642535315419424314384th of 5, Northwest DivisionDid not qualify
2008–09 641838354417927016684th of 4, Northeast DivisionDid not qualify
2009–10 642829436320323015766th of 7, Northern ConferenceDid not qualify
2010–11 663525517624223410633rd of 9, Berry ConferenceLost conf. semifinal, 2–3 vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
2011–12 662929716620722210005th of 7, Berry ConferenceDid not qualify
2012–13 662239324917725489710th of 10, Berry ConferenceDid not qualify
2013–14 663429037122521511707th of 10, Berry ConferenceLost quarterfinal, 2–4 vs. Denver Cutthroats
2014–15 723729338024824413504th of 7, Central DivisionLost div. semifinal, 1–4 vs. Allen Americans
2015–16 723730327919119110833rd of 4, Central DivisionDid not qualify
2016–17 722737626219424112475th of 7, Central DivisionDid not qualify
2017–18 723129397421423312305th of 7, Mountain DivisionDid not qualify
2018–19 72422442902361989641st of 7, Mountain Division In progress


1992–93 CHL William “Bill” Levins Memorial Cup

Current roster

Updated May 8, 2019. [14]
# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
25 Flag of the United States.svg Roman Ammirato F L26 2018 Williamstown, New Jersey Oilers
21 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dylan Bredo D L25 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Rampage
13 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Alex Dostie C L22 2019 Drummondville, Quebec Ducks
72 Flag of the United States.svg Eric Drapluk D R26 2016 Pembroke Pines, Florida Oilers
1 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Evan Fitzpatrick G L21 2018 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Blues
20 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Forney D L24 2018 Thief River Falls, Minnesota Gulls
15 Flag of the United States.svg Alex Globke C L25 2018 Waterford Township, Michigan Oilers
16 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Henegar F L28 2018 Trenton, Michigan Oilers
90 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tanner Kaspick C L21 2018 Brandon, Manitoba Blues
5 Flag of the United States.svg Steven Kaunisto D L32 2017 Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Oilers
30 Flag of the United States.svg Ian Keserich G L33 2018 Parma, Ohio Oilers
10 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Alex Kromm F R27 2018 Penticton, British Columbia Oilers
24 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mike McKee  ( A ) D L25 2017 Newmarket, Ontario Oilers
29 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ian McNulty LW L26 2018 Airdrie, Alberta Oilers
77 Flag of the United States.svg Scott Moldenhauer D R24 2018 Oak Ridge, North Carolina Gulls
19 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Stephen Perfetto C L27 2018 Woodbridge, Ontario Rampage
27 Flag of the United States.svg Adam Phillips D R28 2018 Farmington Hills, Michigan Oilers
18 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Adam Pleskach  ( C ) RW L30 2011 Beausejour, Manitoba Oilers
8 Flag of the United States.svg Charlie Sampair  ( A ) C L25 2017 St. Paul, Minnesota Rampage
55 Flag of the United States.svg John Teets F L24 2017 Fairbanks, Alaska Oilers
28 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ryan Tesink C L25 2017 Saint John, New Brunswick Oilers
71 Flag of the United States.svg Jared Thomas LW L25 2018 Hermantown, Minnesota Gulls
35 Flag of the United States.svg Devin Williams G L23 2017 Saginaw, Michigan Oilers

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