By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 12/14/2012

Oklahoma City Barons centerman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named captain for Team Canada’s World Junior team, Hockey Canada announced today.

Nugent-Hopkins, a 6-1, 175-pounder has appeared in 19 games with the Barons this season, scoring 20 points (8-12-20). The #1 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft was assigned to Team Canada by the Edmonton Oilers on December 10. The 2013 World Junior Championship begins December 26 in Ufa, Russia. Team Canada is joined by teams from the United States, Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Latvia. Coverage of the event can be seen in the U.S. on NHL Network.

The weekend for the Barons takes on a festive theme. Following the game Friday night, fans may shoot for a FREE ham from Schwab Meats. Saturday is the Barons annual Teddy Bear Toss, Sing for Santa event, Jeep Wrangler giveaway in the Drive Away Every Saturday promotion and Scarf Night. The first 2,000 fans through the doors receive a Barons scarf.
Both nights, fans have the opportunity to bid on trees decorated by the players. Each player was given a tree and asked to decorate it based on their likes and styles. Funds raised in the bids go to benefit the Barons Buddies Program with Special Olympics. A total of 25 trees are available. Friday, December 14, 12 trees are available for bids, while the remaining 13 are available for bids on Saturday, December 15.
Oklahoma City skates in three games this weekend, two of them at home. Friday and Saturday, the Barons take on the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center at 7 p.m. The weekend concludes Sunday in Houston as the Barons take on the Aeros at 5 p.m.

A variety of ticket packages are available to meet every individual or group need. Packages ranging from 7-game and 11-game packs to Full Season Seats are available. Call the Barons’ front office at 405-232-4625 for information on group outings, Season Seats and other ticket packages.

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