View Full Version : Oklahoma City Blazers and CHL returning in 2017.



GoOKC1991
09-14-2016, 05:05 PM
News conference just now.

OKC will be joined by Colorado, Springfield, Casper, El Paso and Ogden.,

The league will be comprised of 19-20 year olds who are NHL draft picks and or trying to earn Division 1 scholarships.

The Blazers will play at the Blazers Ice Centre for the first two seasons, with hopes of moving to a larger venue in the future.

Coach Fleck says with the talent mentioned above, this will be the best quality of hockey that the Blazers name has ever seen.

d-usa
09-14-2016, 06:01 PM
If everything works out, this would be a good tenant for a new state fair arena.

bradh
09-14-2016, 07:27 PM
I'm glad to hear this, just wish the games weren't being played down there.

jn1780
09-14-2016, 07:30 PM
Why not start out at the current state fair arena? It sounds like they are trying to avoid empty seats.

kwhey
09-15-2016, 08:40 AM
Why not start out at the current state fair arena? It sounds like they are trying to avoid empty seats.

No ice plant

dcsooner
09-15-2016, 08:44 AM
News conference just now.

OKC will be joined by Colorado, Springfield, Casper, El Paso and Ogden.,

The league will be comprised of 19-20 year olds who are NHL draft picks and or trying to earn Division 1 scholarships.

The Blazers will play at the Blazers Ice Centre for the first two seasons, with hopes of moving to a larger venue in the future.

Coach Fleck says with the talent mentioned above, this will be the best quality of hockey that the Blazers name has ever seen.

The real OKC, small town. Casper, WY, Ogdon UT, El Paso seems about right for OKC to compete against. Think small be small, not impressed with ice hockey esp little league level

Jake
09-15-2016, 09:02 AM
The real OKC, small town. Casper, WY, Ogdon UT, El Paso seems about right for OKC to compete against. Think small be small, not impressed with ice hockey esp little league level

13065

worthy cook
09-15-2016, 09:16 AM
http://kfor.com/2016/09/14/re-formed-chl-returning-to-okc/

Yawn

Blairman
09-15-2016, 09:20 AM
Need to return to ECHL

Blairman
09-15-2016, 09:20 AM
This not a true return of the CHL, this is a junior level team with amateurs.

Colbafone
09-15-2016, 09:25 AM
13065

I mean, he's not wrong. It's cool they're putting this together. But by no means should we be lumped together with any of these other cities.

White Peacock
09-15-2016, 12:30 PM
Coach Fleck says with the talent mentioned above, this will be the best quality of hockey that the Blazers name has ever seen.

Aside from the first iteration, which was a direct farm team for the Bruins (and later the Leafs).

Tydude
09-15-2016, 03:16 PM
No ice plant
they have Disney on Ice every year at the state fair ground so they can have ice inside the arena

ConetConet
09-15-2016, 03:29 PM
Coach Fleck says with the talent mentioned above, this will be the best quality of hockey that the Blazers name has ever seen.

He must not be familiar with the mighty CPHL Championship-winning Blazers of 1965-66, which boasted four members who are now Hockey Hall Of Fame inductees: Gerry Cheevers, Bernie Parent, Glen Sather, and Harry Sinden.

Jake
09-15-2016, 04:10 PM
I mean, he's not wrong. It's cool they're putting this together. But by no means should we be lumped together with any of these other cities.

What type of other cities are we supposed to be lumped with in the minor leagues? Albany? Stockton? Boise?

Laramie
09-15-2016, 04:12 PM
Returning to the CHL means nothing for ice hockey without our two arch rivals Tulsa & Wichita, who play in the current class AA ECHL. Wouldn't get overly excited about moving to the new State Fair Arena.

Omaha had a similar experience some years back; they had a junior's level club drawing close to 4,000 per game:

http://www.ralstonarena.com/teams/detail/omaha-lancers

Omaha acquired an AHL that didn't do well. The lost of rivals like Wichita, Kansas City, Tulsa & OKC, cities Omaha was use to competing against in the revised CHL of the 90s wasn't rekindled with AHL.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/report-ahl-hockey-team-moving-from-omaha-to-the-quad/article_99bf210b-4e1d-514d-a870-dc75e09b8246.html

What classification will the new CHL be--Jr., or A level classification? If so, the Blazers Ice Center will be fine.

Bill Robertson
09-15-2016, 05:01 PM
they have Disney on Ice every year at the state fair ground so they can have ice inside the arena
My understanding is that Disney has their own ice making equipment so they go anywhere. I think I've read this before on here.

Laramie
09-15-2016, 07:11 PM
they have Disney on Ice every year at the state fair ground so they can have ice inside the arena

Disney on Ice transports their own ice making equipment; similar to that set up for the Devon Ice Rink.


http://nebula.wsimg.com/464d05c27ac6be6f92cb7e44ca59ece6?AccessKeyId=7EF5F A0538E4E2EDDC35&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

The City would have no problem installing ice for the New State Fair Arena once an ECHL level AA franchise is obtained.

kwhey
09-17-2016, 04:29 AM
they have Disney on Ice every year at the state fair ground so they can have ice inside the arena

Disney brings their own ice plant and surface.

kwhey
09-17-2016, 04:29 AM
Double post

Jeepnokc
09-19-2016, 06:43 AM
I'm glad to hear this, just wish the games weren't being played down there

Is there something wrong with the Blazers Ice Center?

Roger S
09-19-2016, 07:03 AM
Is there something wrong with the Blazers Ice Center?

I was just there for two OU hockey games last week..... Only has two potential problems... Parking and seating.

It works great for the OU and current Blazers hockey teams. I've not been to a Blazers game but the average crowd for an OU game is probably in the 150-200 range unless they are playing UCO and then it's standing room only..... UCO has a pretty good team and a solid fan base.

I don't know the actual seating capacity but I would guess the reserved seating section would hold 200 people. I know seats 25-26 are center ice and the bleachers are only 4 rows high. There are also general admission bleachers on the ends of the arena that might hold another 150-200 people.

Laramie
09-19-2016, 11:28 AM
https://s3-media2.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/5u2nL6Wqtr6PLEGUFIuxTA/o.jpg
Blazers Ice Center: Great venue for the amateur CHL Blazers, OU & UCO. Potential preview to the future of an ECHL Oklahoma City franchise debut in 2019-20:

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/arena7.jpg
New replacement for the State Fair Arena designed by Populous. Populous & ADG are lead partners in one proposal to win the work of designing and overseeing construction of the new arena.

Brad Lund co-owner of Sold Out Strategies, a sports marketing and management firm in Oklahoma City recently cut ties with Rayo OKC. He just may be interested in the future of minor league hockey returning to OKC.

Former Oklahoma City Blazers CEO assembling an ownership group to bring hockey back to the city: http://newsok.com/article/5425798

bradh
09-19-2016, 11:43 AM
Is there something wrong with the Blazers Ice Center?

Yeah it's far away (from me) :)

Roger S
09-19-2016, 11:53 AM
https://s3-media2.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/5u2nL6Wqtr6PLEGUFIuxTA/o.jpg
Blazers Ice Center: Great venue for the amateur CHL Blazers, OU & UCO. Potential preview to the future of an ECHL Oklahoma City franchise debut in 2019-20:

That pic is the GA benches at the south end of the Ice Center. The reserved seating is 200 individual seats with backs.

Roger S
09-19-2016, 11:59 AM
Here is a link (https://davenportphotos.smugmug.com/Family-Portraits/OU-Hockey/Alabama-2016/i-dzJG5SG/A) to some pics from the games against Alabama this past weekend. You can see the seats in the reserved seating area.

Dave Cook
09-26-2016, 02:51 AM
Coach Fleck says with the talent mentioned above, this will be the best quality of hockey that the Blazers name has ever seen.

Good God.....this has got to be one of the dumbest things I've ever read on this board. Fleck deserves a slew-footing and ass-whooping for this comment.

I still can't believe hockey in Oklahoma City has come to this.....from AHL hockey with legit NHL stars to junior hockey at a local ice rink. What a one horse town.

reverend
09-26-2016, 06:47 PM
Can we just get an ECHL team so we can play Tulsa and Wichita again?

Bill Robertson
09-27-2016, 06:19 AM
Can we just get an ECHL team so we can play Tulsa and Wichita again?Amen!!!!!

Laramie
09-30-2016, 11:55 AM
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Bring Back the Oklahoma City Blazers!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_gDmjMnX17DI/SLDasXtCvHI/AAAAAAAAARE/FGScONvuX-A/s320/logo.jpg



Can we just get an ECHL team so we can play Tulsa and Wichita again?


The Oklahoma City Thunder are well established (263 consecutive sellout; 18,203 since 2010) ; therefore an ECHL AA-hockey team (includes, Tulsa & Wichita) would be a welcome sight to OKC's sports portfolio.

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/arena4.jpg

New State Fair Arena proposed could seat 10,000-plus for ice hockey and be ready by 2019.


Meanwhile, the Cox Arena or the current State Fair Arena (City supply ice plant & dasher boards) could be a temporary home.

Bill Robertson
09-30-2016, 12:28 PM
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Bring Back the Oklahoma City Blazers!

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_gDmjMnX17DI/SLDasXtCvHI/AAAAAAAAARE/FGScONvuX-A/s320/logo.jpg





The Oklahoma City Thunder are well established (263 consecutive sellout; 18,203 since 2010) ; therefore an ECHL AA-hockey team (includes, Tulsa & Wichita) would be a welcome sight to OKC's sports portfolio.

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/arena4.jpg

New State Fair Arena proposed could seat 10,000-plus for ice hockey and be ready by 2019.


Meanwhile, the Cox Arena or the current State Fair Arena (City supply ice plant & dasher boards) could be a temporary home.
You're preachin to the choir Laramie. I think there are a large number on here that would give body parts to see that happen. Who would I need to give an arm to?