From the season seat holder email sent this afternoon from the Prodigal offices:
Barons season seat holder:
Your support of the Oklahoma City Barons from the team’s humble beginnings in 2010 has been unmatched. Night in and night out, you’ve witnessed many of the best hockey athletes in the world play in our city. Our coaching staff has produced teams that have qualified for the playoffs in each season, twice reaching the Conference Finals. Nearly 40 players and staff members have graduated from Oklahoma City to realize their dream of playing or working for an NHL team.
The success of the franchise from a business perspective however has not been what I anticipated. After extensive negotiation with Edmonton and careful deliberation, we are announcing the 2014-15 season will be the final for the Barons in Oklahoma City. The current economic model presented by the Oilers to operate the franchise does not allow for sustained, long-term success from a business perspective.
Although this is the last season for the Barons in Oklahoma City, that doesn’t mean that the current season is over. The Prodigal staff will support the Oilers players and coaching staff in their quest for a Calder Cup championship.
Thank you to each of you for your support during five great seasons in Oklahoma City.