Today the OKC Barons cut two players from their training camp roster: Gary Steffes and Ian Keserich, both from the Tulsa Oilers CHL organization. Steffes and Keserich will return to the Oilers and join their training camp on Monday, October 8th. Oilers goaltender Keserich joined the Barons last season for their training camp and it is always enjoyable watching him play. He’s very energetic and dynamic and lots of fun to watch; he utilizes every minute of camp, talking to the Oilers’ goalie coach Frederic Chabot, and the other coaches and goaltenders. I plan to go to Tulsa in the very near future and photograph Ian’s new mask which I hear is fantastic.

The OKC Barons’ preseason games begin tomorrow night, but do not expect to see Ryan Nugent-Hopkins nor Jordan Eberle play in either game. According to Todd Nelson “Some guys, we know what they bring to the table, so those aren’t the people we’re looking at. We’re looking at the guys that are on the bubble of staying here.” OKC fans will have to wait until October 19th to have their first regular season game view of the NHL stars. Be patient!

And for those of you hearing the rumor of Taylor Hall coming to the Barons, it sounds like it will indeed happen now that the AHL has allowed qualified players to sign an AHL contract. Read Joanne Ireland’s “Oilers’ Hall can sign with AHL’s Barons: Edmonton Oilers forward just requires medical clearance — likely a few weeks away” in the Edmonton Journal today.

For details on today’s scrimmage, see Eric Rodger’s twitter account @AHLBarons.

Don’t forget to read Neal’s Tend the Farm as well!

Professional Photos of Day 5: Rob Ferguson at OKC Hockey Photos and Steven Christy’s OKC Barons Training Camp Day 5 Photos.

Michael Baldwin’s Oklahoma City Barons: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle to sit out exhibition games at


OKC Barons with Pitlick and Cornet:


OKC Barons Todd Nelson:


Oilers videos Day 5 with Tyler Bunz, Yann Danis, Olivier Roy and goalie coach Frederic Chabot.

Oilers information on listening to an OKC Barons game from inside the US and outside the US.

OKC Barons information on listening to OKC Barons games.

Locally you can listen to the Barons on OKC stations, but check the website or game notes to see which station is broadcasting that night.

Some radio options are better than others. Test a few out … we’ve had trouble with one station not returning to the game until well after a puck drop, so if you are able, try a few different feeds, along with the I Heart Radio links.


Regarding the two preseason games this Friday and Saturday, here are the full details from the OKC Barons:

“The Barons host the Houston Aeros in two preseason games October 5 and 6 at the Cox Convention Center. Faceoff for both games is 7 p.m.

“Admission to both preseason contests is free with a donation of goods or funds to Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City. Suggested donation items include sippy cups, baby bottles, new or gently used toys, Good Start formula, diapers, Baby Bath, baby shampoo, baby lotion, pacifiers and coats in sizes from 2T – 6. Fans are asked to bring their donations to the Cox Convention Center Box Office on the evening of the game. Donations will be accepted beginning at 5 p.m. each night. Doors open at 6 p.m.

“Infant Crisis Services provides the basic necessities of life to more than 14,000 babies and toddlers in central Oklahoma each year. With the help of the community, Infant Crisis Services is able to supply life-sustaining formula and food as well as diapers and clothing for babies and toddlers in times of crisis.”