Narrowing the field for OKC AHL team names
An admission from Springfield President Bruce Landon is the first official word that the Oilers are indeed in business in Oklahoma City.
An Edmonton area firm has begun surveying the fanbase in Oklahoma City. How close is Oklahoma Mayor Mick Cornett to landing an AHL team?
I want Oklahoma City to have the best brand of hockey that it can support. I feel like we're a really good hockey market, we've supported hockey in the past and I think our market has matured to the point where we deserve and can support a higher level of play. We almost got an NHL franchise in 1998. We came right on the edge of getting one, but I think Columbus got the franchise. We were in the final running for it but didn't get it. I think that was reflective of the growing market and the fact that we've supported hockey. In 2005, when I was seeking a major league sport, I was in New York meeting with Commissioner Bettman and Commissioner Stern, then Katrina occurred and ultimately things took off in a different direction. I was seeking an NHL franchise or an NBA franchise at that point, but hockey was in a work stoppage at the time.