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BARONS OPEN THE SEASON OCTOBER 9 AGAINST TEXAS

By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 10/07/2011

The Oklahoma City Barons, AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, submitted their roster for their season opening game Sunday afternoon against the Texas Stars.

Barons head coach Todd Nelson has 14 players returning from the 10-11 squad that won 40 games and qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs.  Among those returnees are forwards Mark Arcobello, Andrew Lord, Hunter Tremblay, Tanner House, Curtis Hamilton, Ryan O’Marra, Teemu Hartikainen, Chris VandeVelde, Milan Kytnar and Philippe Cornet as well as defensemen Colten Teubert, Alex Plante, and Bryan Helmer.  A complete roster is available by
clicking here. 

The Barons skate in their first game of the season this Sunday in Cedar Park, Texas is 5 p.m. against the Texas Stars, AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars.  The game can be heard on the Barons flagship station, 96.1 KXY with Jim Byers returning to handle the play-by-play. 

The game can also be viewed on AHL Live.  The pay-per-view service allows fans to watch games on a game-by-game basis or allows fans to purchase a season-long pass.  Early bird rates do apply.

The Barons home opener is just nine days away on October 15 against the Texas Stars at 7 p.m.  For the home opener, the Barons have teamed with Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure to raise awareness for breast cancer research.  Every fan who attends the game will receive a pink t-shirt from the Barons and Mercy Hospital.

NOTE:  The Barons named their captains for the 2011-12 season.  Defenseman Bryan Helmer will serve as the team captain, while Ryan Keller and Josh Green will serve as alternate captains. 

Helmer is entering his 19th season as a pro and is coming off a monumental season that saw him become the top scoring defenseman in AHL history and become one of seven players to play in 1,000 AHL games.

Keller joins the Barons after serving as team captain for the 2011 Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators.  Keller has led his team in goals scored in each of his last four seasons of play.

Green brings tons of experience to the Barons.  He has played parts of seven seasons in the National Hockey League and has played nearly 800 games as a professional.

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