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Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings logo.svg
CityEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
LeagueWestern Hockey League
FoundedMarch 16, 2006 (2006-03-16)
Home arenaRogers Place
ColoursRed, Royal Blue, Gold, White, Green, Black
Owner(s)Oilers Entertainment Group
(Daryl Katz, Katz Group)
General managerKirt Hill[1]
Head coachBrad Lauer
CaptainScott Atkinson
ChampionshipsEd Chynoweth Cup
2 (2012, 2014)
Memorial Cup
1 (2014)

The Edmonton Oil Kings are a major junior ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that play in the Western Hockey League. As of July 2008, they are owned by Daryl Katz's Oilers Entertainment Group, which also owns the Edmonton Oilers.[2] The 2007-08 season was the newest incarnation of the Oil Kings' inaugural season in the Western Hockey League. Some NHL alumni include Tomas Vincour, Mark Pysyk, Curtis Lazar, Keegan Lowe, Griffin Reinhart, Henrik Samuelsson, Laurent Brossoit, Tristan Jarry 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 in the 2014 Memorial Cup final game.

Franchise history

Alternate logo introduced in 2013

The newest incarnation of the Oil Kings are the fourth WHL team to play in Edmonton, preceded by the first Edmonton Oil Kings (1951-76), the second Edmonton Oil Kings (1978-79) and the Edmonton Ice (1996-98).[]

The original Edmonton Oil Kings were a junior hockey team that played in the original Western Canada Junior Hockey League from 1951 to 1956. They then played with the senior amateur Central Alberta Hockey League from 1956 to 1965, winning the 1963 Memorial Cup. They joined the Alberta Senior Hockey League for the 1965-66 season,[3] prior to jumping to the new Western 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.[4] The original Oil Kings moved to 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 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.[5] 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 in 1995, and 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"

The Oil Kings face the 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 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.[6] 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 Roadrunners. Despite finishing third in the AHL in attendance, and having publicly promised to operate the team in 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 to Chilliwack, British Columbia failed, the WHL placed an expansion team in Chilliwack, and the door for 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 left the league with an odd number of franchises. Preferring an even number of teams, the league announced its return to Edmonton on March 16, 2006 with the granting of a conditional expansion franchise, named the 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.[]

The Oil Kings most recently captured the 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 after defeating the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm by a score of 6-3.[]

Season-by-season record

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
2018-19 68 42 18 4 4 259 196 92 1st Central Lost Eastern Conference final
2019-20 64 42 12 6 4 239 167 94 1st Central Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020-21 23 20 2 0 1 104 41 41 1st Central Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

WHL Championship history

Memorial Cup Final history

Current roster

Updated June 18, 2021.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Drafted
15 Canada Scott Atkinson (C) C L 21 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia Undrafted
8 Canada Ethan Cap D L 21 2015 North Vancouver, British Columbia Undrafted
33 Canada Sebastian Cossa G L 18 2017 Fort McMurray, Alberta 2021, 15th Overall, DET
24 Canada Logan Dowhaniuk D L 19 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Undrafted
Canada Carson Golder D L 18 2020 Terrace, British Columbia Undrafted
11 Canada Dylan Guenther (A) LW R 18 2018 Edmonton, Alberta 2021, 9th Overall, ARI
30 Canada Kolby Hay G L 17 2019 Kamloops, British Columbia Eligible 2022
16 Canada Jayden Henderson C L 18 2018 Sylvan Lake, Alberta Eligible 2021
3 Canada Blake Heward D R 17 2021 Regina, Saskatchewan Eligible 2021
41 Canada Tyler Horstmann LW L 19 2017 Richmond, British Columbia Undrafted
12 Canada Liam Keeler LW L 20 2016 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
40 Canada Colby Knight G L 18 2018 Red Deer, Alberta Eligible 2021
17 Canada Carson Latimer RW R 18 2018 Surrey, British Columbia 2021, 123rd Overall, OTT
23 Canada Jalen Luypen LW L 19 2017 Kelowna, British Columbia Undrafted
21 Canada Jake Neighbours (A) LW L 19 2017 Airdrie, Alberta 2020, 26th Overall, STL
34 Canada Kaid Oliver C L 21 2020 White Rock, British Columbia Undrafted
7 Canada Ethan Peters D R 18 2021 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Eligible 2021
13 Canada Caleb Reimer C R 16 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Eligible 2023
- Slovakia Jakub Demek RW L 18 2021 Ko?ice, Slovakia 2021, 128th Overall, VGK
22 Canada Matthew Robertson (A) D L 20 2016 Sherwood Park, Alberta 2019, 49th Overall, NYR
47 Canada Keagan Slaney D L 18 2018 Airdrie, Alberta Eligible 2021
5 Canada Matt Smith D L 18 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Eligible 2021
44 Canada Carter Souch LW L 19 2016 Edmonton, Alberta Undrafted
4 Canada Ross Stanley D L 17 2019 Yellowhead, Alberta Eligible 2022
14 Canada Josh Williams RW R 20 2019 Langley, British Columbia Undrafted

WHL awards and trophies

Memorial Cup trophies

NHL alumni

NHL 1st round draft picks

See also


  1. ^ "Kirt Hill Named Oil Kings President of Hockey Operations and General Manager". OurSportsCentral.com. June 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Oil Kings Welcome New Owner". Official website of the Edmonton Oil Kings. 2008-07-02. Retrieved .[dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/edmonton-oil-kings-5625.html
  4. ^ Official WHL Website ::
  5. ^ Official WHL Website ::
  6. ^ Brownlee, Robin (2005-04-16). "What the WHL?". Canoe Inc. Retrieved .
  7. ^ WHL Network, Western Hockey League, archived from the original on 2012-06-30, retrieved

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