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The Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings are a major junior ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Canada
that play in the Western Hockey League. As of July 2008, they are owned by Daryl Katz's Oilers Entertainment Group, who also own the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oilers.[1] The 2007–08 season was the newest incarnation of the Oil Kings' inaugural season in the Western Hockey League. To date NHL alumni are Tomas Vincour, Mark Pysyk, Curtis Lazar, Keegan Lowe, Griffin Reinhart, Henrik Samuelsson, Laurent Brossoit, and David Musil. As the 2012 WHL champions, the Oil Kings played in the 2012 Memorial Cup, losing 6-1 against the eventual winning team, the Shawinigan Cataractes, in the playoff tie-breaker. The Oil Kings won the 2014 Memorial Cup, defeating the Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm
in the 2014 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
final game.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 "Return of the Kings"

2 Season-by-season record 3 WHL Championship history 4 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
Final history 5 Current roster 6 WHL awards and trophies 7 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
trophies 8 NHL alumni 9 See also 10 Notes 11 External links

Franchise history[edit] The newest incarnation of the Oil Kings are the fourth WHL team to play in Edmonton, preceded by the first Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings (1951–76), the second Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings (1978–79) and the Edmonton
Edmonton
Ice (1996–98). The original Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings were a junior hockey team that played in the Western Canada
Canada
Junior Hockey League from 1951 to 1956. They then played with the senior amateur Central Alberta
Alberta
Hockey League from 1956 to 1965, winning the 1963 Memorial Cup. They joined the Alberta Senior Hockey League for the 1965–66 season,[2] prior to jumping to the new Western Canada
Canada
Junior Hockey League in 1966. The Oil Kings were also initially successful in the WCHL, capturing two President's Cup titles. However, with the arrival of the World Hockey Association and the Oilers in 1972, the junior club's attendance began to plummet. Approximately 150,000 fans went to Oil Kings games in 1971–72. That number dropped to 90,000 the next year, and 68,000 the following year.[3] The original Oil Kings moved to Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
in 1976, becoming the Portland Winter Hawks. An attempt at reviving the Oil Kings in 1978 lasted only one season, as the juniors were once again unable to compete with the pros. Bill Hunter purchased the Flin Flon Bombers
Flin Flon Bombers
and brought them to Alberta's capital. However, the team only averaged about 500 fans per game, and rumours that the team would again relocate began to swirl before the first season was even complete.[4] The second Oil Kings relocated again to become the Great Falls Americans, where the team would only last 28 more games before folding. Despite the long held belief that major-junior hockey could not survive against the pros, the WHL returned to Calgary
Calgary
in 1995, and Edmonton
Edmonton
in 1996. At the time, the Oilers were struggling on the ice, as well as attendance. The Oilers refused to work with the Edmonton Ice, blocking them from playing in Northlands Coliseum, thus relegating them to the substandard Northlands Agricom. The Ice relocated to Cranbrook, British Columbia, becoming the Kootenay Ice, after two underwhelming seasons. "Return of the Kings"[edit]

The Oil Kings face the Calgary
Calgary
Hitmen in the WHL's Battle of Alberta.

With the Flames owned Hitmen leading the WHL in attendance the past four seasons, and the Vancouver Giants
Vancouver Giants
also proving to be a major success at the gate, the Oilers ownership group had spent the last three years attempting to purchase a WHL team, even going so far as to put out an open offer of $5 million - well over market value - for any WHL franchise in 2004.[5] With no takers, and with the 2004–05 NHL lockout looming, the Oilers chose to relocate their AHL team to Rexall Place as the Edmonton
Edmonton
Roadrunners. Despite finishing third in the AHL in attendance, and having publicly promised to operate the team in Edmonton
Edmonton
for at least three seasons, the Oilers suspended the Roadrunners after only one season rather than have their minor league team competing against themselves. The Oilers then resumed their quest for a WHL team. When the sale of the Tri-City Americans
Tri-City Americans
to Chilliwack, British Columbia failed, the WHL placed an expansion team in Chilliwack, and the door for Edmonton
Edmonton
was finally reopened. While the league had previously refused to consider further expansion, believing 20 teams was enough, the addition of the Chilliwack Bruins
Chilliwack Bruins
left the league with an odd number of franchises. Preferring an even number of teams, the league announced its return to Edmonton
Edmonton
on March 16, 2006 with the granting of a conditional expansion franchise, named the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings in homage to the former franchise. The team began play in the 2007–08 WHL season and finished with a record of 22–39–11, good for 55 points, but not enough to make the playoffs. They have recently enjoyed more success, reaching the WHL playoffs four times in the last 5 years. The Oil Kings most recently captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup
Ed Chynoweth Cup
twice as victors of the WHL playoffs for the 2011–12 and 2013–14 WHL seasons, earning berths to the 2012 and 2014 Memorial Cups. On May 25, 2014 the Oil Kings won the franchise's third, first for the reborn team, Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
after defeating the Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
champion Guelph Storm
Guelph Storm
by a score of 6-3. Season-by-season record[edit] Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OTL = Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs

2007–08 72 22 39 4 7 162 241 55 5th Central Out of playoffs

2008–09 72 29 34 4 5 191 252 67 5th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final

2009–10 72 16 43 4 9 169 285 45 6th Central Out of playoffs

2010–11 72 31 34 2 5 249 252 69 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final

2011–12 72 50 15 3 4 310 193 107 1st Central Won Championship

2012–13 72 51 15 2 4 278 155 108 1st Central Lost final

2013–14 72 50 19 2 1 290 179 103 1st Central Won Championship Won Memorial Cup

2014–15 72 34 31 4 3 217 204 75 5th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final

2015–16 72 29 36 6 1 197 238 65 4th Central Lost Eastern Conference quarter-final

2016–17 72 23 43 5 1 193 292 52 5th Central Out of playoffs

2017–18 72 22 42 6 2 204 315 52 6th Central Out of playoffs

WHL Championship history[edit]

2011–12: Win, 4–3 vs Portland 2012–13: Loss, 2–4 vs Portland 2013–14: Win, 4–3 vs Portland

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
Final history[edit]

2014: Win, 6–3 vs Guelph (OHL)

Current roster[edit]

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Updated January 18, 2017.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted

7000900000000000000♠9 Belarus
Belarus
! Baltruk, ArtyomArtyom Baltruk 7.0 !RW R 18 2016 Navapolatsk, Belarus Eligible 2017

7001110000000000000♠11 Canada
Canada
! Berg, AdamAdam Berg 6.0 !LW L 21 2016 Calgary, Alberta Undrafted

7001130000000000000♠13 Canada
Canada
! Bowman, NicholasNicholas Bowman 4.0 !C L 18 2015 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2018

7000800000000000000♠8 Canada
Canada
! Cap, EthanEthan Cap 2.0 !D L 17 2015 North Vancouver, British Columbia Eligible 2018

7000700000000000000♠7 Canada
Canada
! Dawson, JordanJordan Dawson 2.0 !D R 20 2013 Delta, British Columbia Undrafted

7000100000000000000♠1 Canada
Canada
! Dea, PatrickPatrick Dea 1.0 !G R 21 2012 St. Albert, Alberta Undrafted

7001280000000000000♠28 Russia
Russia
! Elizarov, AnatoliiAnatolii Elizarov 2.0 !D L 19 2015 St. Petersburg, Russia Undrafted

7001270000000000000♠27 Canada
Canada
! Fix-Wolansky, TreyTrey Fix-Wolansky 7.0 !RW R 18 2016 Edmonton, Alberta Eligible 2017

7001390000000000000♠39 Canada
Canada
! Gerla, TyTy Gerla 6.0 !LW L 18 2016 Calgary, Alberta Eligible 2017

7000300000000000000♠3 Canada
Canada
! Gorda, BraydenBrayden Gorda 2.0 !D L 18 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Eligible 2017

7001100000000000000♠10 Canada
Canada
! Gruninger, TysonTyson Gruninger 7.0 !RW R 19 2014 Drayton Valley, Alberta Undrafted

7001350000000000000♠35 Canada
Canada
! Hughes, LiamLiam Hughes 1.0 !G L 18 2014 Kelowna, British Columbia Eligible 2017

7001230000000000000♠23 Canada
Canada
! Kehler, ColtonColton Kehler (C) 7.0 !RW R 20 2012 Port Coquitlam, British Columbia Undrafted

7001240000000000000♠24 Canada
Canada
! Kemp, BrettBrett Kemp 4.0 !C R 18 2017 Yorkton, Saskatchewan Eligible 2018

7001160000000000000♠16 Canada
Canada
! Koch, DavisDavis Koch (A) 7.0 !RW L 19 2013 Surrey, British Columbia Undrafted

7001370000000000000♠37 Canada
Canada
! McDonald, ConnerConner McDonald 2.0 !D R 18 2017 Delta, British Columbia Eligible 2017

7000600000000000000♠6 Canada
Canada
! McLeod, WyattWyatt McLeod 2.0 !D L 18 2015 Dawson Creek, British Columbia Eligible 2018

7001340000000000000♠34 Canada
Canada
! Millar, GrahamGraham Millar 7.0 !RW R 22 2017 Penticton, British Columbia Undrafted

7001180000000000000♠18 Canada
Canada
! Mohr, KobeKobe Mohr 6.0 !LW L 18 2014 Lloydminster, Alberta Eligible 2017

7001140000000000000♠14 Canada
Canada
! Murray, DavisDavis Murray 6.0 !LW L 18 2014 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2018

7001170000000000000♠17 Canada
Canada
! Roach, JesseJesse Roach 7.0 !RW R 21 2015 Quesnel, British Columbia Undrafted

7001220000000000000♠22 Canada
Canada
! Robertson, MatthewMatthew Robertson 2.0 !D L 17 2016 Sherwood Park, Alberta Eligible 2019

7001210000000000000♠21 Canada
Canada
! Robertson, TylerTyler Robertson (A) 6.0 !LW L 21 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta Undrafted

7000200000000000000♠2 Canada
Canada
! Stadel, RileyRiley Stadel 6.0 !LW L 22 2017 Surrey, British Columbia Undrafted

7000400000000000000♠4 Canada
Canada
! Warm, WillWill Warm 2.0 !D L 18 2014 West Vancouver, British Columbia Eligible 2017

WHL awards and trophies[edit]

Ed Chynoweth Cup

2011–12, 2013–14

Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy

2011–12

WHL Plus-Minus Award

Ashton Sautner: 2013–14

Brad Hornung Trophy

Dylan Wruck: 2012–13

Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy

Bob Green: 2011–12, 2012–13

WHL Playoff MVP

Laurent Brossoit: 2011–12 Griffin Reinhart: 2013–14

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
trophies[edit]

Memorial Cup

2014

Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy

Edgars Kulda: 2014

Ed Chynoweth Trophy

Henrik Samuelsson: 2014

George Parsons Trophy

Curtis Lazar: 2014

NHL alumni[edit]

Laurent Brossoit Tristan Jarry Curtis Lazar Keegan Lowe David Musil Mark Pysyk Griffin Reinhart Henrik Samuelsson Ashton Sautner Tomas Vincour

NHL 1st round draft picks

2010 NHL Entry Draft
2010 NHL Entry Draft
- Mark Pysyk
Mark Pysyk
#23 Overall (Buffalo Sabres) 2012 NHL Entry Draft
2012 NHL Entry Draft
- Griffin Reinhart
Griffin Reinhart
#4 Overall (New York Islanders) 2012 NHL Entry Draft
2012 NHL Entry Draft
- Henrik Samuelsson
Henrik Samuelsson
#27 Overall (Phoenix Coyotes) 2013 NHL Entry Draft
2013 NHL Entry Draft
- Curtis Lazar #17 Overall (Ottawa Senators)

See also[edit]

Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings (WCHL) List of ice hockey teams in Alberta

Notes[edit]

^ "Oil Kings Welcome New Owner". Official website of the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2008-08-30. [dead link] ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/edmonton-oil-kings-5625.html ^ Official WHL Website :: ^ Official WHL Website :: ^ Brownlee, Robin (2005-04-16). "What the WHL?". Canoe Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-09.  ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2012-09-19 

External links[edit]

Official website of the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings Official website of the Western Hockey League Official website of the Canadian Hockey League Article about team's return (TSN)

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