You do not need to travel up North to see a hockey game nor do you need to live up North to live in a place
that is home to a hockey team.
Here in the Tulsa region, hockey fans have the
Tulsa Oilers, the long-lived hockey team which dates back to 1929.
The Tulsa Oilers is a team affiliated with the Central Hockey League and are now in their 22nd consecutive season in the CHL after a brief eight year hiatus before being reborn again in 1992. Their games are held downtown in the BOK Center and their season runs from October to March. The Oilers previously called the Tulsa Convention Center home prior to the grand opening of the BOK Center in Tulsa in 2008. They just finished their fifth season or are preparing for their sixth season as the main tenant of the BOK Center
Rob Loeber, Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations for the team shared with me his passion for being the voice of the game. “I fell in love with describing the action and being able to call the games” Loeber stated. Loeber was introduced to hockey after living in Canada briefly. He expressed how the Oilers are unlike any other team through their easy accessibility to their fans and how fans in Tulsa ultimately become “fans for life.” During Sunday games, the team allows for fans to skate with them on the rink during the games which connects the viewers to the team on a personal level.
The official practice facility for the team, the Tulsa Ice Center has been a long standing structure in Tulsa as well. Recently, the center underwent a complete renovation and offers their rink to the Tulsa Figure Skating Club, Tulsa Curling Club, high school leagues, youth hockey, public skating and the Tulsa Junior Oilers. The Junior Oilers are a Western States Hockey League team comprised of players ages 16 to 20. This team focuses on priming skills for recruitment and recognition from college programs, upper level junior leagues, and pro teams.
If you are an avid hockey fan, be sure to attend the Stanley Cup watch parties held at Twin Peaks in Tulsa hosted by the Oilers. The watch parties kick off this month and attendees can expect door prizes and trivia games throughout the night.
The Oilers have a long history in Oklahoma and have no plans of stopping. Tickets are available for the upcoming season and can be purchased by calling or visiting their website.
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