Photo courtesy of Steven Christy Photography www.stevenchristyphotography.com
The announcement of the Oklahoma City Barons by the Oilers took place locally in the foyer of the Cox Center. I remember this day well. With a tornado looming outside, several hundred people hunkered down to see jerseys, logos, and names officially unveiled before our very eyes. Both the governor and our beloved mayor were present for this event, and thus the Oil Connection began.
And truthfully the pairing of Oklahoma City with Edmonton couldn’t have come at a better time. The Oilers were going to be a young franchise for the near future, there was no doubt about that. The burgeoning young stars that would come through middle America were going to be numerous and incredibly talented. And that certainly was the case in season one.
As the new season approaches (17 days and counting), a new crop of young Oilers are on their way – both to Oklahoma City and potential success.
*Props to Mick Cornett for handling the Oilers jersey so delicately!