This weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, the Oklahoma City Barons will face the Iowa Wild in back-to-back games opening the Wild’s Inaugural season in Des Moines. Not too long ago the Barons themselves experienced this very same hockey birth back in October of 2010 so it feels appropriate that the Barons share that honor with the Iowa Wild since the Wild were previously our old nemesis the Houston Aeros for the past three seasons.
Follow along with me as I savor this weekend in Des Moines — catch me on Twitter at @Artful_Puck and also over at my blog ArtfulPuck as I begin my first hockey road trip of the season. My pre-trip installment can be found over at ArtfulPuck — Hockey Road Trip: Iowa Wild Inaugural Weekend.
The Iowa Wild now plays in the Midwest Division with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Chicago Wolves, Rockford IceHogs, and Milwaukee Admirals, and will meet up with the Barons only four times: two back-to-back games at the beginning of the season in Des Moines, and two back-to-back games in OKC at the end of the season.
|Sat. Oct. 12||OKC Barons @ Iowa Wild||7:05 pm CDT|
|Sun. Oct. 13||OKC Barons @ Iowa Wild||4:05 pm CDT|
|Fri. April 18||Iowa Wild @ OKC Barons||7:05 pm CDT|
|Sat. April 19||Iowa Wild @ OKC Barons||7:05 pm CDT|
Some of the Iowa Wild players you might recall from last season’s Houston Aeros:
- G – Darcy Kuemper
- D – Corbin Baldwin
- D – Brian Connelly
- D – Tyler Cuma
- D – Steven Kampfer
- D – Kyle Medvec
- F – Brett Bulmer
- F – Jake Dowell
- F – Kris Foucault
- F – Erik Haula
- F – Carson McMillan
- F – Zack Phillips
- F – Chad Rau
- F – Jason Zucker
I am a big fan of the Wild’s new coach Kurt Kleinendorst and he will be fascinating to watch as he coaches the Wild in the Western Conference this season. Sadly, the Barons no longer face the Wild (as the former Houston Aeros) in their West Division, but there’s nothing more exciting than traveling to a new city for a weekend of hockey!
A late development that might affect the Iowa team this weekend is that the Minnesota Wild have called up Darcy Kuemper since Niklas Backstrom is still recovering from a knee-injury he suffered in Nashville earlier this week.