Friday, December 31, 2010

Lucky Number 7 Tweetcast: Oklahoma City @ San Antonio

Barons Game Day Information Center

  • Barons blew a 2 goal lead, and lost again to the Rampage on Wednesday.
  • Bryan Pitton could get the start for tonight's game, as the last few haven't gone well for Gerber.
  • Tonight's Officials are Referee Shaun Davis and Linesmen Carl Sasyn & Paul Wilkinson.
  • Jeff Deslauriers and Team Canada loose to SKA St. Petersburg today in the Spengler Cup.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche / A LIVE TweetCast

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2011 NHL Winter Classic / Pens vs Caps (Including Episodes)



**January 5th, 2011**

Stockton Thunder's Offense MIA

Stockton Thunder has only earned one point in their last six games. If you add up all the goals they have scored in these six games? 11.

This team is on a scary goal drought, and Coach Thomas' latest move to spark the scoring was acquiring LW Jordan Fulton from the Kalamazoo Wings (5g, 10a in 27 games) in exchange for LW Aaron Clarke. Fulton didn't arrive in time to help the Thunder tonight as they returned home to Stockton Arena to take on the Las Vegas Wranglers.

The Thunder haven't played in their home arena since December 11. They had a rough outing on their five game road trip, earning their only point in an overtime loss to the Bakersfield Condors on their last away game before heading back to Stockton.

Surely coming back to friendly faces and their home arena would change the Stockton Thunder's fortunes.

Before the puck dropped for the opening faceoff, Thunder's Garet Hunt (who is rarely in the starting lineup) and Las Vegas Wrangler's James Bates (a former Thunder player) were already jostling each other. Thirty seconds into the game, Thunder's revolving door into the penalty box began with Cameron Brodie in for a hooking minor, and Garet Hunt in for misconduct/continuing altercation, a ten minute penalty.

By some miracle, Thunder scored the first goal of the game-Bretton Cameron, with an assist from Chris Lawrence in the first period. The momentum from that goal quickly disappeared when Sean McMonagle from Las Vegas answered back less than two minutes later.

The Thunder began second period on a 5-on-3 penalty kill. Eleven seconds in to the period, Wranglers' Aaron Power with assists from ex-Thunder players James Bates and Ryan Huddy scored a powerplay goal. But the worst play of the night has to be awarded to Stockton's Jordan Foreman, who gave the puck right to Las Vegas' James Bates just a few strides in front of the goal. Bates scored unassisted on Thunder goalie Garrett Zemlak-who had very little help defense-wise the whole game.

That Jordan Foreman giveaway goal to put the scoring at 3-1 Las Vegas was the game's undoing. The Thunder scored their own powerplay goal in the second period to get within one, but was unable to score a tying goal past Las Vegas goalie Joe Fallon-who was sharp, but not particularly spectacular.

Stockton forward Garet Hunt was awarded a penalty shot in the second period after being taken down on a breakaway, but could not capitalize.

Third period was terrible for the Thunder. Too many fancy passes turned into giveaways. They came close to scoring several times but were too slow to pounce on juicy rebounds. Las Vegas eventually got an empty-net goal with a minute left in the game after Garrett Zemlak was pulled for an extra attacker and the final score was 4-2.

The penalties called on the Thunder in this game-8. Penalties called on the Wranglers-1. Shots on goal-Stockton-28, Las Vegas-30.

The Thunder's next home game is tomorrow. They will take on the Wranglers once again, their last game before the New Year.

Three stars of the game:
  1. James Bates (Las Vegas)
  2. Jason Pitton (Stockton)
  3. Aaron Power (Las Vegas)

Does the Streak Continue Tweetcast: OKC Barons @ San Antonino Rampage

Barons Game Day Information Center

  • Barons lost 4-3 against Texas last night, and are on a season high 5 game losing streak.
  • Martin Gerber should get the start in tonight's game.
  • Tonight's Officials are Referee Boone Bruggman and David Banfield and Linesmen Carl Sasyn & Frank Prestigiovanni.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oilers Buffaloed In A 4-2 Loss To Sabres / Video Highlights

I had typed out the entire Beers & Jeers and when I hit post, half of it vanished. So here is highlights untill I finish it tomorrow. *mutters a bunch of swear words* Grrrrr!

Two Fer Tuesday / OKC Barons vs Stars & Oilers vs Sabres / A LIVE TweetCast

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Oilers Lose Fight On Boxing Day 3-2 / A Beers & Jeers Game Recap

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Vancouver Canucks - 33 

Edmonton Oilers - 21



EDM: R. O'Marra (13:20 - 2nd) , R. Whitney (18:10 - 2nd)

VAN: J. Tambellini (19:14 - 2nd) , M. Samuelsson (02:30 - 3rd) , K. Bieksa (19:36 - 3rd)


EDM: N. Khabibulin (L) VAN: C. Schneider (W)



Vancouver Canucks - 0/3 for 0%

Edmonton Oilers - 0/3 for 0%



Vancouver Canucks - 3/3 for 100%

Edmonton Oilers - 3/3 for 100%



Vancouver Canucks - 23/23 for 50%

Edmonton Oilers - 23/23 for 50%



Vancouver Canucks - 25

Edmonton Oilers - 21



Vancouver Canucks - 4

Edmonton Oilers - 7



Vancouver Canucks - 8

Edmonton Oilers - 7



Vancouver Canucks - 9

Edmonton Oilers - 17



The Cult of Hockey Grading System:
10 perfect game, 9 extraordinary, 8 great, 7 good, 6 above average,
5 average, 4 below average, 3 poor, 2 terrible, 1 deserves to be in minors.

#2 JIM VANDERMEER - (0) DNP (Injured)

#4 TAYLOR HALL - (3) JEERS His giveaway caused the game winning goal. Oy! He was -2 and only took 2 shots on goal. He needs to shoot more like he has if he wants to score. Not a great night.

#5 LADISLAV SMID - (4) I wasn't a fan of his tonight. He was -2 and only had 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. He could have been more physical for sure. What happened to the spaz from last year?

#6 RYAN WHITNEY - (6) He was OK. They gave him 2nd star. He scores his 2nd goal and this time it was a for sure thing. Nice shot. He played 26:43 and had 3 hits, 2 blocked shots but had 2 giveaways. The giveaways don't shock me as much anymore because he plays a ton. Bound to happen with all that ice time.

#10 SHAWN HORCOFF - (0) DNP (Injured)

#13 ANDREW COGLIANO - (6) BEERS I liked his effort ad\nd he tried hard to make things happen. He was 6/4 for 60% on faceoffs. He picked up an assist on the Whitney goal (cheesy assist as he barely did anything other than touch it as it went to Whitney. But the highlight of his game? A team high 4 hits.

#14 JORDAN EBERLE - (3) JEERS He started out good but faded into the sunset. He was very quiet on the stat sheet as he only had 1 shot. You can't be on the top line and not register anything.

#16 COLIN FRASER - (4) Hard to tell if he even played. The 4th line stunk. He had 2 shots and 2 hits and went 2/2 for 50% on faceoffs. Not much else to report on Fraser.

#22 JF JACQUES - (2) JEERS DNP. Oh. He did play? How does the so called hitter play an entire game (only 3:12 actually) and not register a single hit? The guy is useless and needs to be sent down. I'd rather much keep O'Marra and Omark then see him play one more game. Embarrassing if those two are sent down.

#23 LINUS OMARK - (3) JEERS He was not effective. His assist was a fluke that was a redirect to O'Marra and he took a dumb holding the stick penalty before that. If he wants to be an actual NHL player, I shot that was blocked and 1 blocked shot of his own isn't going to cut it. He had 2:39 in PP time and needs to make use of that. I still think he stunk, but was better than Jacques.

#26 KURTIS FOSTER - (5) He was decent. He was +1 and played 15:55. In that time he had 1 shot, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. He needs to shoot the puck if he wants to be useful. Tonight he was just average and nothing more.

#27 DUSTIN PENNER - (6) Penner was one of the better Oilers in my opinion. He made some smart plays and started the Whitney goal with a good pass to clear the zone. But only 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot, that hardly constitutes a good game. Meh! *shrugs shoulders*

#28 RYAN JONES - (4) Another average game. 2 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. If your not going to shoot more, you better be hitting guys.

#33 STEVE MACINTYRE - (0) DNP (Healthy Scratch)

#35 NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN - (7) BEERS Again I get pissy because I'd like to see Dubnyk in more. But again, he proves me wrong. He faced 33 shots but had another 37 go his way. Lucky he didn't have to save all of them. I figured he's earn a star after that performance, but it's clear John Garrett was picking the stars tonight (he really didn't).

#40 DEVAN DUBNYK - (0) DNP (Backup)

#42 RYAN O'MARRA - (5) Scores his first ever NHL goal tonight with a lucky break where the puck ended up on his stick. He had 1 goal with 1 shot, 2 hits, 1 giveaway and 1 takeaway. The thing I liked from him the most? 3/0 for 100% on faceoffs. Why didn't he take more draws? Was Renney not informed he was sitting at 100%? Makes you wonder.

#43 JASON STRUDWICK - (5) Struds was OK. I find he's been better this go around. Since Vandermeer been out, he's been pretty good. He ended up +1 and had 3 blocked shots. He could turn up the hit count as he only had 1. If he could hit more, I'd have no problems keeping him with Whitney.

#46 ZACK STORTINI - (4) He took a high stick to the face and for some reason was sent off too. I don't get it. What did he do ref?  His ass was stapled and only played 3:19. Why have a 4th line if they don't play?

#49 THEO PECKHAM - (4) He took a dumb penalty in the 3rd by knocking Henrik on his ass and was lucky they didn't score. At the time of it happening, it was the Bad Timing Penalty for the Oilers. He just gave up way too much momentum by doing that. While I like to see Hank knocked down, wrong time to do it. He had 2 hits and 1 shot. He needs more solid hits and he needs to make people afraid to go near him. He failed to do that tonight.

#67 GILBERT BRULE - (0) DNP (Sick)

#77 TOM GILBERT - (5) He was not really noticeable out there. 2 blocked shots is down from his usual 4 per game and while he did play 20:08, he only fired 2 shots. 1 hit the net, the other missed. If he's not offensive, then what is he? Useless?

#83 ALES HEMSKY - (0) DNP (Injured Groin)

#89 SAM GAGNER - (3) JEERS Oh boy! Here I thought he was going to have a great game. Was I ever wrong. He was -2 by nights end and for the #1 center, 1 shot, 1 takeaway and 1 blocked shot just isn't good enough. Especially when he plays 22:01. He went 7/13 for 35% on faceoffs. He just couldn't win against Malhotra. Boo to you Sammy.... boo to you!

#91 MAGNUS PAAJARVI - (4) He had an OK game. If only he could find that 4 point game he had at the start of the year. That MPS was awesome. This one, not so much. While I won't knock him a whole lot, he really needs to find his groove. Maybe ask Stella? He had 2 shots, 1 giveaway and a blocked shot.


BAD TIMING PENALTY (What is a Bad Timing Penalty?)

Theo Peckham - His 3rd period penalty where he knocks Hank on his ass sent the Canucks on a momentum swing. They didn't score on the PP, but the Oilers were reeling after that for sure.












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-This Recap Was Written by Smokin' Ray Burnt-

Boxing Day Blowout For Oil? / Oilers vs Canucks / A LIVE TweetCast

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Edmonton Oilers vs Los Angeles Kings / A LIVE TweetCast

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Penguins vs Capitals 24/7 On The Road To The Winter Classic / Episode 2 (Parts 1 & 2 of 4)

**EDIT** Here is the entire Episode 2

I will post parts 3 and 4 when the become available. Next to Oil Change, this series is really, really good.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oilers Sunk By Sharks 2-1 / Video Highlights

The Oilers did a great job of hanging in there and tried to mount a last minute comeback. While they did lose, they played a pretty good game against a good San Jose team.

The powerplay needs some work as I believe the game could have changed if that was more effective. Bottom line, it stunk. A 5 on 3 should be a gimme. Tonight it wasn't.

It's a late night so the Beers & Jeers Recap will be posted tomorrow. GOILERS!!!

mc79hockey Scoring Chances Game Recap






Oilers Visit The Shark Tank / Sharks vs Oilers / A LIVE Tweetcast

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Monday, December 20, 2010

4 Nights Before Christmas Tweetcast: Barons @ Texas

Barons Game Day Information Center

  • Barons are on a season high 3 game losing streak.
  • Jeff Delauriers should get the start in tonight's game.
  • Tonight's Officials are Referee Tim Mayer and Linesmen Carl Sasyn & Fred Hudy.
  • The Stars have won one game out of their last 3 games.

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Barons Game 31 Preview: Hopes for a Happy Holiday

Away: Texas Stars (17-11-3); Last game: 3-2 OT Loss vs. Hamilton
Home: Oklahoma City Barons (16-11-4); Last game: 4-2 Loss vs. San Antonio

The Barons and Stars play in the lone AHL game tonight. The Barons come into tonight facing their first real down swing of the season, losing their last three games in regulation. This last weekend gave them their first shutout in franchise history, losing 3-0 to Hamilton. The Barons have been outscored 9-3 during their streak, 2 of those coming on the Power Play Saturday night. Saturday showed a bunch of changes to the lineup after the shutout. Dave Bonk and Alex Plante were sat out to make a point to the players that Todd Nelson isn't afraid to sit anybody. On one of the few high points, Alexandre Giroux reached his 600th AHL point, assisting Colin McDonald's goal on Saturday. Jeff Petry was probably the best player on the whole team throughout the weekend. He made a few big plays on defense to prevent chances and had a scoring chance or two. Tonight will be a huge game for the Barons, looking to get back on the winning track before the Christmas break. It will be interesting to see if there are any more line changes to try and find a hot line after Omark and O'Marra's call up.

PP: OKC: 29 of 175 (16.6%) 19th in the league; TEX: 22 of 142 (15.5%) 24th in the league
PK: OKC: 140 of 159 (88.1%) 2nd in the league; TEX: 83 of 105 (79.0%) 26th in the league

OKC Last 10: 3-5-0-2
TEX Last 10: 4-3-2-1

-Written by Eric Rodgers-

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Playoffs, Or Not The Playoffs, That Is The Question

The Last Cup Won By The Oilers

I had a good conversation with a couple of friends the other night on twitter (they disagreed with me) about whether or not the Oilers should make a run for the playoffs this year (not really our choice). This conversation was sparked by Tom Renney's words earlier on this week and it wasn't until the Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones egged it on even more, that we started to talk more about it.

Renney had this to say, "It won't surprise me when we make the playoffs. It won't. The biggest surprise of all might be if we don't."

He then went on to say, "Just because I know how deep the care is. I know how willing they are to be coached. How proud they are, quite honestly, to be here doing this in Edmonton. That's the hard part about losing. The masses don't get an appreciation for how badly our guys want to do well and win and be a playoff team. When they have those tough nights, and there's more to come, we all know that, it's tough."

So the coach believes this team can do it even if it will be tough to do. Well... I believe it too. I do.

Is it wrong for the Oilers players to want to make it to the real season we call the playoffs? Is it wrong that the players don't want to roll over and play dead, no matter if Tambellini is willing to acquire better talent to help them out or not? Is it wrong that the Oilers players don't see or want another high draft pick in the clubs future?

I don't think so. I think it's great that they want to win. I think it's great that they want to get a taste of the playoffs. I think it's great that the word loser isn't in their vocabularies.

I said it at the start of this year that the kids will want to win (can't find link). They didn't make the team to be losers. The returning players had enough of that the last few years and good for them to not want to be a loser ever again either. Finishing last might have been OK with some of the fans, but it shouldn't and won't be OK with the players. I can respect that. A lot.

Some might say that no matter how much the Oilers want to make the playoffs, they can't without another decent center and some better defenceman. Fair enough. But I will say this. If this club DOES make the playoffs (today they are only 8 points out of 8th place) with the current roster as is, -- I'm not stupid. Some trades need to and should happen anyways. Playoffs or not -- then they deserve a chance to prove us wrong. Even if they get swept in 4 games, they earned it and they deserve our praise and admiration.

So let's not cheer for the Oilers to bomb again.

Never again.

If I remember correctly, by the end of last season there wasn't very many people/fans other than myself and a select few that kept following the team to the bitter end. Not many people gave a crap about the Oilers until the 1st overall pick was granted to the Oilers. The fan support sucked and I don't want that to happen again either.

I'd rather have a mid round pick and see the Oilers get that taste of the playoffs rather than have that crappy taste in my mouth as we watch them sputter to another last place finish. Remember, Ales Hemsky was picked 13th overall and correct me if I am wrong, but isn't he the Oilers best player right now?

Bottom line, if the Oilers want to ever win the Stanley Cup in the future, then at some point they need playoff experience. Look at the Pens, Hawks and Caps. No team wins without experience. No team.

I can put my personal guarantee on one thing. The Oilers rookies will not give up. They will not lay down and die for the sake of the fans. They will not beaten down because a part time bandwagon fan (or a fat sports writer) thinks it's the best choice. I am a proud Oilers fan and I'll support this team not matter what. I would hope that you would do the same.

This is my Edmonton Oilers. Everyday of the week. Everyday of the year. 24/7.


-Written by Smokin' Ray-

Penguins vs Capitals 24/7 On The Road To The Winter Classic / Episode 1

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The History of the Stockton Thunder / #StkThunder

Since 2005, the Stockton Thunder has built a legacy on the strength of capturing the hockey imagination, passion and attention of California’s Central Valley sports landscape. For the first time in Thunder history, playoff hockey stretched into the Conference Finals as the Thunder advanced to the third round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2010 – falling six wins shy of a Kelly Cup championship. Such historical highlights have also included Thunder fans boosting a streak of leading the league in attendance for four straight seasons – a feat only accomplished one other time in league history (Florida – 2000-05) and hosting the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game, a featured ECHL contest during the league’s 20th Anniversary season that was attended by more than 7,000 fans at Stockton Arena.

In addition to the new relationship with Worcester and San Jose, a current affiliation with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and an influx of free-agent talent has taken the Thunder to four straight consecutive Kelly Cup Playoff appearances in 2007-10, while seven players have moved on from Stockton in the last four years to make their debut in the National Hockey League. It is a union of captivating entertainment and an electrifying team that continue to pave the way for bigger heights in 2010-11 for the Central Valley.

Click below for the full story on the history of the Thunder, a complete listing of the team’s records and an all-time roster.

History of the Thunder

Thunder Records

All-Time Roster


Devan Dubnyk (G)
Years with Stockton: 1 (2006-07)
Made NHL debut (with Edmonton): Nov. 28, 2009 (at Vancouver)

Etching his name numerous times in the record books is one way to make a presence in Stockton. Another is to cover the net with a towering 6-foot-6, 194-pound frame. One of the first, showcased prospects to come to the Thunder just months after the Oilers joined as an affiliation, goaltender and fan favorite Devan Dubnyk thrilled Thunder fans in the 2006-07 season with sparkling save after save, igniting chants of “Dooob” each time the 20-year old knocked away a threatening scoring chance. A first round draft pick (14th overall) of the Oilers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Dubnyk set Thunder single-season records for wins (24), minutes played (2,529), lowest goals-against-average (2.56) and save percentage (.921) in 2006-07, helping guide the team to their first Kelly Cup Playoff berth in team history. He earned a spot on the National Conference team at the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game and turned his storybook rookie season into two solid years with the Springfield Falcons thereafter. An injury to Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin paved the way for Dubnyk’s first call-up to the NHL in November 2009 and the Oilers fell behind the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 in a nationally-televised game at GM Place on Nov. 28, Dubnyk was summoned into the game for his NHL debut. He turned in a 21-save effort on “Hockey Night In Canada” to become the seventh player in Thunder history to make his NHL debut.

Colin McDonald (RW)
Years with Stockton: 1 (2008-09)
Made NHL debut (with Edmonton): Nov. 27, 2009 (vs. San Jose)

Stockton proved to be a key stop for Colin McDonald’s rise through the Oilers farm system as a top prospect in 2008-09 after his selection as a second round draft pick by Edmonton in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. A thick, 6-foot-3 and 205-pound forward gifted with speed, a rocket snap shot and keen playmaking vision, McDonald was sent the way of the Thunder in November 2008 from the Springfield Falcons and didn’t take long to make an impact, dishing out two assists in three games. Springfield then summoned for his services and finished with 10 goals and 22 points (10g-12a) in 77 AHL games. McDonald finally earned “the call” to the NHL early in the 2009-10 season and debuted on a line with former Thunder center Ryan O’Marra with the Oilers at Rexall Place on Nov. 27 against the San Jose Sharks. He would follow up the red-letter night with another one just 24 hours later, when he scored his first NHL goal (assist to O’Marra) against Vancouver Canucks star netminder Roberto Luongo at GM Place.

Ryan O’Marra (C)
Years with Stockton: 1 (2007-08)
Made NHL debut (with Edmonton): Nov. 10, 2009 (at Ottawa)

Gifted with hands, speed, fearlessness and playmaking ability, center Ryan O’Marra began his official journey to the NHL with the Thunder in the infancy of the 2007-08 season, providing a glimpse of his potential with 20 points (11g-9a) in 24 ECHL games before his recall to Springfield in December, coincidentally, when he was named to the ECHL All-Star Game as a member of the National Conference. He returned for the Kelly Cup Playoffs and proved to be a handful for the eventual National Conference champ Las Vegas Wranglers with nine points (2g-7a) in six games. Originally selected by the New York Islanders in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, part of his intrigue was his acquisition by the Oilers on February 27, 2007 with Robert Nilsson and another first round draft pick for longtime NHL veteran Ryan Smyth. After 62 games in a full AHL season in 2008-09 with Springfield, O’Marra got the long-waited “call” in 2009-10 and first suited up for the Oilers on November 10 at Scotiabank Place against the Ottawa Senators in his home province of Ontario.

Troy Bodie (RW)
Years with Stockton: 1 (2006-07)
Made NHL debut (with Anaheim): Jan. 16, 2009 (at Pittsburgh)

A big-league sized force at 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, blessed with wheels and containing the willingness to drop the gloves for his opponents, right wing Troy Bodie began his ascension to the NHL level as a member of the Thunder in 2006-07, wearing out ECHL opponents with 21 goals, 38 points (21g-17a) and 80 penalty minutes in just 46 games while weaving a “playmaker” assist in the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game in Boise. Drafted in the 9th round by the Oilers in 2003, Bodie spent the entire 2007-08 season in the AHL with Springfield before signing an NHL contract with the Anaheim Ducks for 2008-09, slating his start for Iowa of the AHL. Bodie emerged with the big club against the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 16 at Mellon Arena and went on to suit up in four games for the Ducks. Bodie was a member of the Ducks playoff roster, who fell one win shy of reaching the Western Conference Finals in a seven-game, second round loss to Detroit.

Liam Reddox (LW)
Years with Stockton: 1 (2006-07)
Made NHL debut: Dec. 7, 2007 (vs. St. Louis)

A 4th round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2004, Reddox parlayed a clutch first playoff round series against the Idaho Steelheads with a three-point effort (2g-1a), earning a spot with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons in 2007-08. The 5-foot-10, skilled and feisty forward finished the 06-07 year on-fire with a 7-game scoring streak, posting 11 points (4g-7a) in that stretch. After a strong start at the AHL level with the Springfield Falcons, Reddox became the second player in Thunder history to play in the NHL, making his debut with the Edmonton Oilers on December 7, 2007 against the St. Louis Blues. Reddox, who would score 12 points (5g-7a) for the Oilers the following year, suited up in 46 games for Edmonton in 2008-09, scoring his first NHL goal against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 15, 2008.

Tim Sestito (C)
Years with Stockton: 1 (2006-07)
Made NHL debut: Nov. 27, 2008 (vs. Los Angeles)

Always popular in the dressing room for his work ethic and attitude, budding forward Tim Sestito was one of the linchpins to the Thunder success in 2006-07, ranking second on the club with 132 penalty minutes while scoring 26 points (13g-13a). Sestito scored three points (2g-1a) in six Kelly Cup Playoff games, including a shorthanded game-winner in the first playoff contest in Thunder history – a 4-3 victory at Idaho. Sestito made his full-time graduation to the AHL level the following season in Springfield and was awarded the captain’s “C” on his jersey at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, finally breaking through the NHL ribbon at Rexall Place on November 27 by making his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings.

Bryan Young
Years with Stockton: 1 (2006-07)
Made NHL debut: Mar. 9, 2007 (at Anaheim)

Bryan Young made his way to the top of the NHL’s farm system ladder in freakishly quick fashion – a rarity for a minor league hockey player, Young carved his path from the ECHL to the NHL in the same year. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound soft-spoken defenseman was drafted in the 5th round by the Oilers in 2004 and suited up in 17 games for the Thunder in 2006-07. Despite only posting four assists from the blueline, it was his signature rugged, hard-hitting defensive style that was meant to be refined during his stay in Stockton and a handful of highlight-reel open ice hits sent Thunder fans, teammates and opponents in awe. Young became the first former Thunder player to make his NHL debut – suiting up for the Oilers on March 9, 2007 at Anaheim. Young went onto appear in 17 games for the Oilers in the next two seasons.

-Written by the Stockton Thunder-

*Reprinted by with permission from the Stockton Thunder hockey club*

Teddy Bear Toss Tweetcast: Barons v. Rampage

Barons Game Day Information Center

  • Barons lost to Hamilton last night in 3-0 shutout.
  • Jeff Deslauriers should get the start in tonight's game.
  • Tonight's Officials are Referee David Banfield and Linesmen Brad Duncan & Randy Sappo.
  • Tonight is Teddy Bear Toss tonight, so throw them on the ice when the Barons score!
  • Goalie Matt Clime was recalled to Phoenix, and Al Montoya should start for the Rampage tonight.

Listen to the Live Broadcast here!

Barons Game Day Media Kit in pdf form
Barons Roster in pdf form

OKC Barons Wallpaper (Lighter version) Made by @SAVEMEX29


Created by Russ Jericho aka @SAVEMEX29

OKC Barons Wallpaper Made By @SAVEMEX29

Here is another fantastic wallpaper from our good freind Russ Jericho aka SAVEMEX29.


We would also like to give credit to Tomahawk from for the vector logo. Thanks!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Do You Have What I Have? / Edmonton Oilers Christmas Edition

Welcome to the very first edition of "Do You Have What I Have?"

I literally have hundreds of items with the Oilers logo on them from a BBQ cover, to a metal lunch box, to winter boots, and much, much more. I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff that I have collected over the years with you the readers of

Every so often I will post some of my unusual findings and you can all laugh at me for being such an Oilers dork. What can I say? I love this team.

This is the Christmas edition. Let's get right to it shall we?

Blue Oilers Ball
Glass Oilers Guy
The Orange Xmas Ball. I also have the blue ones.
Glass Oilers Snowman Puck
White Jersey Nutcracker
Blue Jersey Nutcracker

My Oilers Stocking
-Written by Smokin'Ray-

Dawg Pound Tweetcast: Barons v. Bulldogs

Barons Game Day Information Center

  • Barons lost to Milwaukee last Saturday in 2-1 decision.
  • Martin Gerber should get the start in tonight's game.
  • Tonight's Officials are Referee David Banfield and Linesmen Brad Duncan & Randy Sappo.
  • Linus Omark scores his 1st NHL Goal last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Oilers/Barons' Netminder Jeff Deslauriers has been chosen by Hockey Canada to represent Team Canada at the 2010 Spengler Cup.
  • All 30 AHL teams will be playing in 15 games tonight!

Listen to the Live Broadcast here!

Barons Game Day Media Kit in pdf form
Barons Roster in pdf form

OKC Barons Practice TweetTicker for Dec 17th

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oilers Rookies Dominate The Blue Jackets With A 6-3 Win / Video Highlights

The Oilers won this game is great fashion. Linus Omark (1st star) scores his first ever goal and picked up two assists to go along with it. Jordan Eberle (2nd star) scores 2 goals and came oh so close to getting his first ever hat trick. Taylor Hall (3rd star) plays like a mad man once again. All in all, a great game for all the Oilers players. Even with a so-so first period.

FINAL SCORE: Oilers 6, Blue Jackets 3. Scoring Chances Game Recap TweetCast Replay

Two Guys & Hockey Talk NHL News (CLICK PIC FOR LINK)

The Faithful Followers

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