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Young NHL stars will start season in Oklahoma City

With NHL players locked out, Edmonton Oilers youngsters Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz will begin the season with the AHL’s Barons.

By Mike Baldwin Published: September 26, 2012

Imagine the NBA having a lockout the year the Thunder moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle. Now imagine young players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook being allowed to play in the minor leagues during the lockout.

That’s the scenario...

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Barons key dates

• Sept. 30: Training camp begins

• Oct. 5: preseason game vs. Houston

• Oct. 6: preseason game vs. Houston

• Oct. 12: Regular season opener at Lake Erie

• Oct. 19: Regular season home opener vs. San Antonio

Barons ticket information

The Barons have a variety of ticket packages available that range from group rates to 7- and 11-game individual packages and full season tickets for all 38 home games.

Call the Barons’ front office at (405) 232-4625 for more information, or log on to

Admission to the two preseason games, Oct. 5 and 6 against the Houston Aeros, is free to the public with donation of goods or funds to Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City.

Suggested donation items include sippy cups, baby bottles, new or gently used toys, Good Start formula, diapers, baby shampoo, baby lotion, pacifiers and coats sizes 2T-6.

Training camp open to public

Barons training camp practice sessions at the Cox Convention Center are open to the public and free to attend. Most sessions are divided into two groups sandwiched around goalie sessions in the middle.

Practice schedule

• Sept. 30: 10 a.m.-12:45 a.m.

• Oct. 1: 9-11:45 a.m.

• Oct. 2: 9:15-11:45 a.m.

• Oct. 3: 9:15-11:45 a.m.

• Oct. 4: 9:15-11:45 a.m.

• Oct. 5: 9-11 a.m.

• Oct. 6: 9-11 a.m.

• Oct. 8: 10-11:15 a.m.

• Oct. 9: 10-11:15 a.m.

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