The OKC Barons begin their 2011-2012 season on Sunday, October 9, against the Texas Stars in San Antonio, 5 pm central. The current OKC Barons roster includes the following players — 13 names in bold reflect returning players to the OKC Barons from last season:

Oklahoma City Barons
# Player Pos
6 Johan Motin D
7 Gilbert Brule C
8 Kirill Tulupov D
9 Tyler Pitlick C
10 Teemu Hartikainen LW
12 Josh Green (A) LW
13 Curtis Hamilton LW
14 Antti Tyrvainen C
15 Philippe Cornet LW
17 Andrew Lord F
18 Ryan O’Marra C
19 Milan Kytnar C
20 Bryan Helmer (C)
21 Tanner House C
22 Ryan Martindale F
23 Triston Grant LW
24 Ryan Lowery D
26 Mark Arcobello RW
28 Ryan Keller (A) RW
29 Chris VandeVelde C
33 Colten Teubert D
34 Alex Plante D
36 Hunter Tremblay LW
# Goaltenders Pos
1 David LeNeveu G
35 Yann Danis G

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach Todd Nelson
Assistant Coaches Gerry Fleming
Rocky Thompson
Athletic Trainer Brandon Dionne, ATC
Equipment Manager Matt Mitchell
Asst. Equipent MGR Mark Kincher

As we predicted, defenseman Bryan Helmer has been chosen as the 2011-2012 Barons captain, and Ryan Keller and Josh Green will fill the alternate captain spots.  (And, yes, we really have four Ryans on the team.)

Listen to the Barons game on 96.1 KXY with Jim Byers on play-by-play, and the game will also be available on AHL Live for a fee. It is commendable that the AHL provides this service, however, the price and quality leaves a great deal to be desired. If you are new to AHL Live and have only watched NHL Game Center, you are forewarned.

In addition to radio and AHL Live, follow @AHLBarons — Eric Rodgers on Twitter who will be live tweeting the game.

The Barons’ second game will take place on October 14 against the San Antonio Rampage, and the home season opener is October 15 versus the Texas Stars. The Barons will face the Texas teams — Houston Aeros, Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage — 26 times this season, so you might as well become familiar with them.