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Encyclopedia > Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
City: Edmonton, Alberta
League: Western Hockey League
Conference: Eastern
Division: Central
Founded: 2007-08
Home Arena: Rexall Place
Colors: Red, white, blue and gold
Head Coach: Steve Pleau
General Manager: Bob Green

The Edmonton Oil Kings are a Major-Junior ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They play in the Western Hockey League and are owned by the Edmonton Investors Group, also owners of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.[1] The 2007-08 season is the team's inaugural season in the WHL. This article refers to the original Oil Kings franchises that existed until 1978. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... Rexall Place is an indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is situated on the north side of Northlands Park. ... Junior hockey is a catch-all term used to describe various levels of ice hockey competition for players generally between the ages of 16 and 20 years old. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Edmonton Investors Group Limited Partnership is the limited partnership which currently owns the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The 2007-08 WHL season is the 42nd season for the Western Hockey League. ...

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WHL history in Edmonton

The newest incarnation of the Oil Kings are the fourth WHL team to play in Edmonton, preceded by the first Edmonton Oil Kings (1950-76), the second Oil Kings (1978-79) and the Edmonton Ice (1996-98). The original Oil Kings franchise predated the WHL, winning two Memorial Cups prior to jumping to the new Western Canada Junior Hockey League in 1966. The Oil Kings were also initially successful in the WCHL, capturing two President's Cup titles. However, with the arrival of the World Hockey Association and the Oilers in 1972, the junior club's attendance began to plummet. Approximately 150,000 fans went to Oil Kings games in 1971-72. That number dropped to 90,000 the next year, and 68,000 the year after. [2]. The original Oil Kings would move to Portland, Oregon in 1976, becoming the Portland Winter Hawks. This article refers to the original Oil Kings franchises that existed until 1978. ... City: Cranbrook, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1997-98 Home Arena: Cranbrook Recreational Complex Colours: blue, black and bronze Head Coach: Cory Clouston General Manager: Jeff Chynoweth The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing... The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Ed Chynoweth Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1971-72 WCHL season was the 6th season of the Western Canada Hockey League, known in the present day as the Western Hockey League. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City: Portland, Oregon League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1976-77 Home Arena: Rose Garden Arena & Memorial Coliseum Colours: red, white and black Head Coach: Mike Williamson General Manager: Ken Hodge The Portland Winter Hawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of...


An attempt at reviving the Oil Kings in 1978 would last only one season, as the juniors were once again unable to compete with the pros. Bill Hunter purchased the Flin Flon Bombers and brought them to Alberta's capital. However, the team only averaged about 500 fans per game, and rumours that the team would again relocate began to swirl before the first season was even complete. [3] The second Oil Kings would relocate again to become the Great Falls Americans, where the team would only last 28 more games before folding. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... This article discusses the ice hockey personality Bill Hunter. ... The Flin Flon Bombers are a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) team based in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. ... The Great Falls Americans were an ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who played in the 1979-80 WHL season. ...


Despite the long held belief that major-junior hockey could not survive against the pros, the WHL returned to Calgary in 1995, and Edmonton in 1996. At the time, both the Oilers and Calgary Flames were struggling on the ice, and at the gate. Both franchises were nervous about the competition. The two franchises handled the junior clubs in radically different fashions. The Flames purchased the Calgary Hitmen in 1997, and have since built the team into one of the WHL's most financially successful organizations. The Oilers refused to work with the Edmonton Ice, blocking them from playing in Northlands Coliseum, thus relegating them to the substandard Northlands Agricom. The Ice would relocate to Cranbrook, British Columbia after two underwhelming seasons. This article is about the Canadian city. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The Calgary Flames are a professional hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and play out of the Pengrowth Saddledome. ... Playoff game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. ... City: Cranbrook, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1997-98 Home Arena: Cranbrook Recreational Complex Colours: blue, black and bronze Head Coach: Cory Clouston General Manager: Jeff Chynoweth The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing... Rexall Place (formerly known as the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Centre) is an indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta. ... The Northlands Agricom, also known as the Edmonton Agricom, is a 5,527-capacity arena and agricultural hall located in Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, adjacent to Rexall Place. ... Cranbrook, British Columbia ( ) is a city in southeast British Columbia, seat of the Regional District of East Kootenay. ...


Return of the WHL

With the Flames owned Hitmen leading the WHL in attendance the past four seasons, and the Vancouver Giants also proving to be a major success at the gate, the Oilers ownership group had spent the last three years attempting to purchase a WHL team, even going so far as to put out an open offer of $5 million - well over market value - for any WHL franchise in 2004. [4] With no takers, and with the 2004-05 NHL lockout looming, the Oilers chose to relocate their AHL team to Rexall Place as the Edmonton Roadrunners. Despite finishing third in the AHL in attendance, the Oilers suspended the Roadrunners after only one season rather than have their minor league team competing against themselves. The Oilers then resumed their quest for a WHL team. The Vancouver Giants are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Edmonton Roadrunners are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers that began play in the 2003-04 season. ...


When the aborted sale of the Tri-City Americans to Chilliwack, British Columbia interests forced the league to place an expansion team in Chilliwack, the door for Edmonton was finally reopened. While the WHL had previously refused to consider further expansion, believing 20 teams was enough, the addition of the Chilliwack Bruins left the league with an odd number of teams. Preferring an even number of teams, the WHL announced its return to Edmonton on March 16, 2006 with the granting of a conditional expansion franchise. The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick, Washington. ... Chilliwack is a Canadian city in the Province of British Columbia. ... The Chilliwack Bruins are a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League, based out of Chilliwack, British Columbia. ... is the 75th day of the year (76th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Current roster

Goaltenders
# Player Born Place of Birth Drafted
1 Flag of Canada Alex Archibald 1987 Ottawa, ON Free Agent
31 Flag of Canada Dalyn Flette 1990 Calgary, AB Eligible 2008
Defencemen
# Player Born Place of Birth Drafted
2 Flag of Canada Adrian Van de Mosselaer 1990 Kelowna, BC Eligible 2008
4 Flag of Canada Matthew Swaby - A 1987 Prince Albert, SK Free Agent
5 Flag of Canada Tyler Hlookoff 1990 Castlegar, British Columbia Eligible 2008
6 Flag of Canada Bretton Stamler - C 1987 Edmonton, AB Detroit Red Wings 2005
7 Flag of the United States Cameron Cepek 1987 Huntington Beach, CA Montreal Canadiens 2005
8 Flag of Canada Drew Nichol 1989 Edmonton, AB Eligible 2008
28 Flag of Canada Brent Henke 1990 Edmonton, AB Eligible 2008
Forwards
# Player Position Born Place of Birth Drafted
9 Flag of Canada Brent Raedeke LW 1990 Regina, SK Eligible 2008
11 Flag of Canada Brandon Lockerby RW 1988 Douglas, Manitoba Eligible 2008
12 Flag of Canada Shayne Neigum LW 1990 Kindersley, Saskatchewan Eligible 2008
14 Flag of Canada Jeff Lee LW 1988 Calgary, AB Eligible 2008
15 Flag of Canada Brenden Dowd C 1988 Saskatoon, SK Eligible 2008
16 Flag of Canada J.P. Szaszkiewicz LW 1988 Edmonton, AB Eligible 2008
18 Flag of Canada Karey Pieper - A LW 1987 Coronation, Alberta Free Agent
21 Flag of Canada Braeden Adamyk C 1990 Neepawa, Manitoba Eligible 2008
22 Flag of the Czech Republic Tomas Vincour LW 1990 Brno, Czech Republic Eligible 2009
23 Flag of Sweden Robin Figren LW 1988 Stockholm, Sweden New York Islanders 2006
24 Flag of Canada Craig McCallum LW 1989 Canoe Narrows, Saskatchewan Eligible 2008
25 Flag of Canada Clayton Cumiskey LW 1990 Abbotsford, BC Eligible 2008
29 Flag of Canada Brett Breitkreuz RW 1989 Springside, Saskatchewan Eligible 2008

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External links

  • Edmonton Oil Kings website
  • TSN Article about Team's return

See also

The following is a list of ice hockey teams in Alberta, past and present. ...

References

  1. ^ http://whl.ca/news/index.php?id=4574&showToc=1&
  2. ^ http://whl.ca/about/history.php?id=96&showToc=1
  3. ^ http://whl.ca/about/history.php?id=97&showToc=1
  4. ^ http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Brownlee/2005/04/16/1000098-sun.html

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Edmonton Oilers Heritage Website - Edmonton Oil Kings (1067 words)
By the early 1950s, the Oil Kings had established themselves as a powerhouse in the league; thanks, in part, to the rise of two locally-bred teenage stars.
In future years, the Oil Kings would need to try and beat the WCJHL champs for the chance to represent the region on the road to the Memorial Cup.
The Oil Kings made seven consecutive appearances in the Memorial Cup final from ’60-’67, winning the title in ’63 under GM LeClerc and in ’66 under new GM and president Bill Hunter—a Saskatoon native and former Second World War pilot who had been involved in hockey ever since he returned from his tour of duty.
The Official Edmonton Oil Kings Website (434 words)
Edmonton made a game out of what looked to be a run away early on, but a slow start cost them in the end.
Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Oil Kings found a perfect way to break in their new state of the art bus.
Edmonton acquires 17 year old defenceman Adrian Van de Mosselaer from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a 6th round pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft.
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