|Founded||1992 (in the CHL)|
|Home arena||BOK Center|
|Colors||Navy blue, maroon, silver, white|
|Owner(s)||Rodney Steven |
|General manager||Taylor Hall|
|Head coach||Rob Murray|
|Affiliates|| St. Louis Blues (NHL)|
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
|Division Championships||1 (2018–19)|
|Ray Miron President's Cup||1 (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".
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
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.
The ECHL is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and two franchises in Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League.
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).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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.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.
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.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.
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.
On July 31, 2015, the Oilers announced a one-year affiliation with the NHL's Winnipeg Jets and the AHL's Manitoba Moose.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. The affiliation was extended for another season in 2018–19, but also added the San Antonio Rampage, the Blues' new AHL affiliate.
|Season||GP||W||L||OTL||SOL||PTS||GF||GA||PIM||Regular season finish|
|Central Hockey League|
|2000–01||70||36||26||—||8||80||259||250||2030||5th of 6, Western Division||Lost quarterfinal, 0–3 vs. Oklahoma City Blazers|
|2001–02||64||30||30||—||4||64||204||215||1701||2nd of 4, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2002–03||64||37||22||3||2||79||218||195||1704||3rd of 4, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2003–04||64||26||25||4||9||65||194||210||1198||4th of 5, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2004–05||60||32||25||1||2||67||206||210||1307||2nd of 5, Northeast Division||Lost conf. semifinal, 1–4 vs. Colorado Eagles|
|2005–06||64||29||28||4||3||65||209||227||1687||4th of 4, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2006–07||64||27||28||6||3||63||225||246||2044||4th of 4, Northeast Division||Did not qualify|
|2007–08||64||25||35||3||1||54||194||243||1438||4th of 5, Northwest Division||Did not qualify|
|2008–09||64||18||38||3||5||44||179||270||1668||4th of 4, Northeast Division||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||64||28||29||4||3||63||203||230||1576||6th of 7, Northern Conference||Did not qualify|
|2010–11||66||35||25||5||1||76||242||234||1063||3rd of 9, Berry Conference||Lost conf. semifinal, 2–3 vs. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs|
|2011–12||66||29||29||7||1||66||207||222||1000||5th of 7, Berry Conference||Did not qualify|
|2012–13||66||22||39||3||2||49||177||254||897||10th of 10, Berry Conference||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||66||34||29||0||3||71||225||215||1170||7th of 10, Berry Conference||Lost quarterfinal, 2–4 vs. Denver Cutthroats|
|2014–15||72||37||29||3||3||80||248||244||1350||4th of 7, Central Division||Lost div. semifinal, 1–4 vs. Allen Americans|
|2015–16||72||37||30||3||2||79||191||191||1083||3rd of 4, Central Division||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||72||27||37||6||2||62||194||241||1247||5th of 7, Central Division||Did not qualify|
|2017–18||72||31||29||3||9||74||214||233||1230||5th of 7, Mountain Division||Did not qualify|
|2018–19||72||42||24||4||2||90||236||198||964||1st of 7, Mountain Division||In progress|
|1992–93||CHL||William “Bill” Levins Memorial Cup|
|25||Roman Ammirato||F||L||26||2018||Williamstown, New Jersey||Oilers|
|21||Dylan Bredo||D||L||25||2018||Edmonton, Alberta||Rampage|
|13||Alex Dostie||C||L||22||2019||Drummondville, Quebec||Ducks|
|72||Eric Drapluk||D||R||26||2016||Pembroke Pines, Florida||Oilers|
|1||Evan Fitzpatrick||G||L||21||2018||St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador||Blues|
|20||Chris Forney||D||L||24||2018||Thief River Falls, Minnesota||Gulls|
|15||Alex Globke||C||L||25||2018||Waterford Township, Michigan||Oilers|
|16||Scott Henegar||F||L||28||2018||Trenton, Michigan||Oilers|
|90||Tanner Kaspick||C||L||21||2018||Brandon, Manitoba||Blues|
|5||Steven Kaunisto||D||L||32||2017||Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan||Oilers|
|30||Ian Keserich||G||L||33||2018||Parma, Ohio||Oilers|
|10||Alex Kromm||F||R||27||2018||Penticton, British Columbia||Oilers|
|24||Mike McKee ( A )||D||L||25||2017||Newmarket, Ontario||Oilers|
|29||Ian McNulty||LW||L||26||2018||Airdrie, Alberta||Oilers|
|77||Scott Moldenhauer||D||R||24||2018||Oak Ridge, North Carolina||Gulls|
|19||Stephen Perfetto||C||L||27||2018||Woodbridge, Ontario||Rampage|
|27||Adam Phillips||D||R||28||2018||Farmington Hills, Michigan||Oilers|
|18||Adam Pleskach ( C )||RW||L||30||2011||Beausejour, Manitoba||Oilers|
|8||Charlie Sampair ( A )||C||L||25||2017||St. Paul, Minnesota||Rampage|
|55||John Teets||F||L||24||2017||Fairbanks, Alaska||Oilers|
|28||Ryan Tesink||C||L||25||2017||Saint John, New Brunswick||Oilers|
|71||Jared Thomas||LW||L||25||2018||Hermantown, Minnesota||Gulls|
|35||Devin Williams||G||L||23||2017||Saginaw, Michigan||Oilers|
The San Antonio Rampage are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League based in San Antonio, Texas. They are currently the top affiliate of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Rampage are owned by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, who purchased a dormant AHL franchise with the NHL's Florida Panthers and moved it to San Antonio. The Rampage play in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, the same arena as the Spurs.
The Youngstown SteelHounds was a professional ice hockey team which participated in the Central Hockey League (CHL) from the 2005–2006 season through the 2007–2008 season. The team was affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL and the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. The team played its home games at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Colorado Eagles are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Loveland, Colorado. The Eagles play in the Pacific Division of the American Hockey League's Western Conference.
The Stockton Thunder was a minor league professional ice hockey team that was based in Stockton, California and a member of the ECHL. The Stockton Arena was their home ice, with a capacity of 9,737. The team was an affiliate team of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League in their final two seasons. The team was purchased by the Calgary Flames and relocated to Glens Falls, New York as the Flames relocated their American Hockey League team to Stockton to become the Stockton Heat.
Robert Allan Murray is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He is the head coach of the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL. Murray played much of his career as captain of the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons. He holds team records in single season penalty minutes (373), career assists (157), penalty minutes (1529), and games (501). His number 23 has been retired by the Falcons.
Michael Walter "Wally" Blaisdell is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and later in the British Hockey League (BHL). He was the first round draft pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft of the Detroit Red Wings. Blaisdell most recently was the head coach of the 2003–04 British Elite Ice Hockey League Champions, the Sheffield Steelers.
Mark Morrison is a professional ice hockey player who played 10 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the New York Rangers. Morrison is currently an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Mark is the brother of Doug Morrison.
Stephen Paul Martinson is an American former professional ice hockey player and current coach of the Allen Americans in the ECHL.
The Rapid City Rush are a professional ice hockey team in the ECHL based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Rush play their home games at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The Kansas City Mavericks are an ice hockey team in the ECHL. Founded in 2009 as the Missouri Mavericks, the team plays in Independence, Missouri, a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
The Allen Americans are an ice hockey team headquartered at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, which currently plays in the ECHL. The team was founded in 2009 in the Central Hockey League (CHL) where they played for five seasons, winning the Ray Miron President's Cup twice. The CHL folded in 2014 and the ECHL accepted the remaining CHL teams as members for the 2014–15 season. In their first two seasons in the ECHL, Allen advanced to the Kelly Cup finals, winning the championship in both years.
The Quad City Mallards were a minor league professional ice hockey team based in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa that competed in the International Hockey League, Central Hockey League and ECHL. They were named after the Mallards team that played in the United Hockey League from 1995 to 2007, this Mallards franchise marked their debut in 2009 in the International Hockey League. The Mallards played their home games at TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois.
The Denver Cutthroats were a minor league ice hockey team, as a member of the Central Hockey League, that began play in the 2012–13 season. They served as a farm team of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche and the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters. Based in Denver, Colorado, the Cutthroats played their home games at the Denver Coliseum. On August 20, 2014, after only two seasons in the CHL, the Cutthroats announced they would go dormant for the 2014–15 season, with hopes to gain additional investors for 2015–16.
The Oklahoma City Blazers are a defunct professional ice hockey team that were based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They competed in the Central Professional Hockey League from 1965 to 1977. The team played their home games in the Fairgrounds Arena, and later in Myriad Gardens.
Hardy Sauter is a Canadian former ice hockey defenseman and coach.
The 2015–16 ECHL season was the 28th season of the ECHL. The regular season schedule ran from October 16, 2015 to April 9, 2016 with the Kelly Cup playoffs to follow. Twenty-eight teams in 21 states and one Canadian province will each play a 72-game schedule. The league alignment was significantly altered before the season when the American Hockey League announced the formation of a Pacific Division on January 30, 2015 displacing the ECHL teams that had been in California markets.