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Oklahoma City Blazers
Professional ice hockey team namely the Oklahoma City Blazers plays in the Northwest Division of the Central Hockey League. Located in downtown Oklahoma City, the Ford Center is the place where Blazers play their games. The team's constant colors include burgundy, gold and white.
In 1992, the present manifestation of the Blazers came into being into existence with the restoration of the CHL, and has been one of the most flourishing minor league hockey franchises of all time, regularly attracting 8,000 fans or more and even matching a couple National Hockey League clubs for seasonal attendance over the years.
On ice, the Blazers have outshined as well, winning an exceptional nine regular season division championships, five regular-season points titles and CHL championships in 1996 and 2001. The franchise's two leading superstars, Joe Burton and Hardy Sauter, are the CHL's first and third all-time career leading scorers, and Burton is the fourth leading goal scorer in minor league hockey history.
The first incarnation of the Blazers, played in a previous Central Hockey League which took place between 1965 and 1977. At the outset, it was a Boston Bruins farm team, and NHL stars Bernie Parent, Gerry Cheevers, Doug Favell, Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, Wayne Cashman, Ivan Boldirev, J.P. Parise, Ross Lonsberry, Dallas Smith, Bill Goldsworthy, Garnet Bailey, Jean Pronovost, Glen Sather, Terry Crisp, and Terry Murray were among the members of the Blazers. From 1973 till 1976, the team was associated with the Toronto Maple Leafs and comprised of such players as Mike Palmateer, Blaine Stoughton, and Pat Boutette.
Gregg Sheppard was the franchise's foremost career scorer. Their home arenas during this time were the Fairgrounds Arena and the Myriad Convention Center Arena. The Blazers won the CHL championship in 1966 under player-coach Harry Sinden and repeated in 1967.
This team was shaped through the replacement of the Minneapolis Bruins, who themselves began in 1963 as a replacement of the Kingston Frontenacs from the non-operational Eastern Professional Hockey League.
The current Oklahoma City Blazers have been on the scene since '92, after the Central Hockey League was created with six introductory teams in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. In 2001, the Central Hockey League merged with the Western Professional Hockey League, combining forces in the professional hockey market and reaching a great deal of success in the process.
The Blazers have also outnumbered the rest of the NHL teams in terms of their massive crowd attendance, often considering in continuous competition in terms of statistical figures of attendance of some NHL teams, over and above on the ice. The team won 7 straight regular season Division Championships which took place between 1996 till 2003.
Regular season action begins on Oct. 19 and lasts on Mar. 21. Any postseason games begin instantaneously subsequent to the regular season, at the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The 586,000 square feet of venue, which was built in 2002, the Ford Center is a fully-advanced high-tech arena which hosts several amateur sports franchises. It accommodates approximately 20,000 people and comprises of more than 3000 club seats, 7 party suites and 49 private suites.
The tickets range from $9 to $16 for individual game tickets whereas season tickets can be purchased for minimal $275 and up to $475. For the purpose of suite pricing and availability, plus any further info dial (405) 235-7825 for assistance.
In the 2006-2007 season, the Blazers finished 35-21-8, returning to the playoffs for the 2nd straight year. After defeating Memphis in the 1st round, they lost the quarterfinal round to the Eagles of Colorado in 7 games.
2007-2008 Season Outlook, it had been an amazing run for the Oklahoma City Blazers, eight consecutive playoff trips before a disappointing 2003-2004 season. 2004-2005 appeared to put the Blazers back into the playoffs, but they were unable to move past Tulsa in the final games. The streak had ended, and things weren't near as certain as they used to be.
In 2005-2006, nevertheless, it was not an exceptional season for the Blazers as they earned a playoff spot after a two year nonattendance. It ended in a below par loss in the 7th game of the series against the Colorado Eagles, but it was a big step in the right direction. Although, the 2006-2007 continued to be a year of success for the team, getting them to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, yet, the Blazers fell to the Eagles.
The 2007-2008 season began with high expectations, showing better play, led by Sean Connors will likely be better than last season. And leading players namely Tyler Fleck and Marty Standish are expected to help create consistency with the new, and potentially important, additions of players such as defenseman Kevin Wilson and Stacey Bauman.
In view of Coach Sauter the foremost thing to be dealt with will be goal scoring. Since, last season, nevertheless, the players put in the best effort, getting a goal seemed difficult to achieve. But it is improbable to isolate names that might change that recent trend. The Blazers will need to get a collective effort in that department as their defense figures to get better and better.
A major portion of the Blazers organization has strong expectations that the 2007-2008 will prove to be different for the team, in comparison to their last year's game. With the continuing improvements and enhancements, the team would definitely make a difference this year!