BARONS HOSTING FIRST EVER WINTERFEST AT MYRIAD GARDENS
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
WinterFest 2014 update (1 p.m.. CT, Sunday): Due to abnormal weather, the remainder of the 2014 WinterFest at the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens has been cancelled. This includes player appearances, scheduled demonstrations and the outdoor youth hockey game. Attempts will be made to reschedule other events at a later date.
The Oklahoma City Barons host the first-ever WinterFest Weekend January 11 – 12 at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. Following the game January 11, the Barons host a 24-hour skating festival at the Devon Skating Rink at Myriad Gardens. The skating festival features an opportunity to skate with Barons players, coaches and staff, skating demonstrations by Oklahoma City Figure Skating Club, hockey games with the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association and much more.
WinterFest 2014 starts following the Barons game January 11 against the Charlotte Checkers. Approximately one hour after the conclusion of the game, Barons players begin their round-the-clock skate. Fans are encouraged to come and skate with their favorite players at any time during the event. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds going to Oklahoma City Youth Hockey.
Admission to the event is free, while skate rental is $7. A silent auction will be available with items up for bids including an Edmonton Oilers jersey. All proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association. A complete schedule follows. The list of players scheduled to skate is subject to change based on injury or call up.
In addition to Barons players skating around the clock, there will be appearances by the University of Oklahoma Hockey team, members of the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association, Oklahoma City Figure Skating Club, athletes from the “Barons Buddies” program, members of Oklahoma City Police and Fire departments, a demonstration of sled hockey and curling, an appearance by the Express Clydesdales and former Blazers players and coach Doug Sauter.
The final event of WinterFest 2014 is an outdoor hockey game featuring players from the 8-and-under division of the Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association. Faceoff for this game is Sunday, January 12 at 5 p.m. This game will have all the trappings of a complete game including the presentation of the colors by the Canadian AWACS Detachment from Tinker Air Force Base, national anthem and music provided by DJ Jeremy Miller, intermissions with the Barons mascot Derrick the Mountain Lion and the Barons Ice Girls. The teams will be coached by the Barons coaching staff of Todd Nelson, Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson.
WinterFest Weekend begins Friday, January 10 when the Barons host Charlotte. Friday night is Barons Night with $2 draft beer and $1 hot dogs from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 11 the first 2,000 fans through the doors receive a Barons fleece helmet hat. It’s also a Drive Away every Saturday game as one lucky fan WILL drive away in a brand new Chrysler 200.
Faceoff for both games is 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. Call the Barons’ front office at 405-232-4625 for more information.
LIST OF PLAYERS SKATING AND TIMES
10 p.m. Ken Burkemper Ice Sculpting Demonstration
11 p.m. – midnight Andrew Miller Oscar Klefbom
midnight – 1 a.m. Martin Gernat
1 – 2 a.m. Kale Kessy
2 – 3 a.m. David Musil
3 – 4 a.m. Travis Ewanyk
4 – 5 a.m. Erik Burgdoerfer
5 – 6 a.m. Austin Fyten
6 – 7 a.m. Tyler Pitlick
7 – 8 a.m. C.J. Stretch Chet Pickard
8 – 9 a.m. OKC Figure Skating Club
9 – 10 a.m. Richard Bachman Matt Ford
Police Athletic League Learn to Skate with OU Hockey
10 – 11 a.m. Ryan Hamilton Steve MacIntyre
10 a.m. – 1 p.m Express Ranches Clydesdale Photo Booth
11 a.m. – noon Taylor Fedun Brandon Davidson
noon – 1 p.m. Will Acton Derek Nesbitt
1 – 2 p.m. OKC Figure Skating Club
2 – 3 p.m. Ben Eager Ryan Martindale
3 – 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma Curling Club
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. OKC Diamondbacks Sled Hockey Demonstration
3 – 4 p.m. Brad Hunt Curtis Hamilton
4 – 5 p.m. Denis Grebeshkov
OKC Blazers Alumni Autograph Session
5 – 7 p.m. OKCYHA 8-and-under hockey game
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