October 9th is the Oklahoma City Barons’ first anniversary. Last year they opened their inaugural season against the Houston Aeros with a crowd of over 9,800 fans in the Cox Arena. Despite the fact that the Barons out-shot the Aeros, 31-26, the Aeros beat the Barons 6-1 in that first game. The only score of the night — the first goal in OKC Barons’ team history — was made by Teemu Hartikainen, with an assist from Brad Moran at 10:53 into the second period.

OKC Barons Team Roster for Opening Night October 9, 2010 was filled with names the OKC fans remember well:

  • Richard Petiot (D)
  • Jeff Petry (D)
  • Taylor Chorney (D)
  • Shawn Belle (D)
  • Jake Taylor (D)
  • Alex Plante (D)
  • Liam Reddox (LW)
  • Alexandre Giroux (LW)
  • Philippe Cornet (LW)
  • Greg Stewart (LW)
  • Linus Omark (LW)
  • Teemu Hartikainen (LW)
  • Chris VandeVelde (C)
  • Milan Kytnar (C)
  • Brad Moran (C)
  • Ryan O’Marra (C)
  • Colin McDonald (RW)
  • Ben Ondrus (RW)
  • Martin Gerber (G) — starting goaltender
  • Bryan Pitton (G)

Opening night also provided fans with their first fight of the season and franchise history when OKC’s defenseman Shawn Belle went up against Aeros Jarod Palmer.

Two players on the 2010-2011 roster are currently on the Edmonton Oilers roster:

  • Taylor Chorney
  • Jeff Petry

Twelve players on the season opening 2010-2011 roster are no longer with the OKC Barons:

  • Shawn Belle — Mannheim Eagles (DEL)
  • Martin Gerber — Växjö HC (SEL)
  • Alexandre Giroux — Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • Colin McDonald — Wilkes-Barre Scranton (Penguins-Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Brad Moran — Växjö HC (SEL)
  • Ben Ondrus — Krefeld Penguins (DEL)
  • Richard Petiot — Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Liam Reddox — Växjö HC (SEL)
  • Bryan Pitton — Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
  • Greg Stewart
  • Jake Taylor

On October 9, 2011, the OKC Barons will open their second season in Austin, Texas, against the Texas Stars, and October 14th they will play the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio, Texas. The home season opener will take place on Saturday, October 15th against the Texas Stars. OKC Barons’ fans are looking forward to another great season!

The Barons will play the following teams this season:

  • Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames)
  • Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)
  • Chicago Wolves (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)
  • Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild)
  • Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
  • Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues)
  • Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Rockford Icedogs (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers)
  • Texas Stars (Dallas Stars)
  • Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)

I look forward to the Barons’ games vs. the Chicago Wolves, who are now the AHL affiliate to the Vancouver Canucks. Many Manitoba Moose players who were signed with the Canucks have moved to the Wolves team. The other interesting match up this season will be the Charlotte Checkers who have moved into the Western Division as part of the new AHL division realignment which will more closely mirror the NHL division organization. The Manitoba Moose have moved east and have been renamed the St. John’s Icecaps (now affiliated with the Winnipeg Jets), and the Charlotte Checkers have been moved to the Western Division. Enjoy the OKC Barons’ 2011-2012 Season!

UPDATE: Interview with Barons’ Lord at NewsOK.com