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Reposted from Tend the Farm, Neal Livingston’s outstanding article on Mark Arcobello, the last “original” OKC Barons player from the 2010-11 first season in OKC. Mark Arcobello is that player who was told he’d never play in the big leagues, never make it to the NHL, but that is exactly what he did. OKC wishes Mark all the best and we will be cheering for him as he moves on to the Nashville Predators organization.  

On October 12th, 2010, the Oklahoma City Barons made a small announcement that at the time was merely a footnote to training camp. Invitees Jesse Gimblett and Mark Arcobello had been re-assigned to the ECHL team in Stockton, California. The news was so small, so inconsequential, that I don’t even remember it coming about. Watching camp that week, I remember seeing Jesse Gimblett, along with a few others, but quite honestly I don’t remember the name Mark Arcobello let alone seeing him shoot the puck across the newly frozen surface of the Cox Center.

The smallish forward would play 29 games in his first season following four years at Yale, and it would be a surprisingly successful start as he would nab sixteen points in that span. A quick call-up to OKC in January of 2011 would be his first AHL stint. He would play in a thrilling OT victory in Milwaukee in the midst of a Barons six game win streak. As quickly as he would be re-called to the AHL, he was quickly returned to the ECHL alongside Jordan Bendfeld.

Upon his return to the ECHL he would trailblaze himself just a bit with an epic hat trick in that leagues All Star Game. Adding another five points to his quiver, the Oklahoma City Barons (and Edmonton Oilers) had seen enough to actually begin to believe in Markobello. He would be recalled in February of 2011, never to return to the ECHL again.

Continue reading at Tend the Farm…..

All the best in Smashville, Arco!