Like Paul Franson (Your Views, June 2), I'm disappointed at the attendance at Oklahoma City Barons home games. The Barons represent Oklahoma City well on the national scene in hockey. I understand the Thunder's draw on the fans in the area because I'm a Thunder season ticket holder. I've gone to several Barons games this year and enjoyed that sport just as much.
Oklahoma City has a long connection with hockey dating to the 1930s with the first Oklahoma City hockey team, then the Blazers in the 1960s, the Stars, a different Blazers team, and now the Barons. The American Hockey League is a superb gathering of future hockey stars. You'll have a great time watching these young men play at a high level of competition. The shortened Thunder schedule this year caused several same night games with the Barons, but next season should provide more opportunities to see both sports.
The parent club, the Edmonton Oilers, is trying to build a new and exciting brand of hockey with young stars. Oklahoma City should benefit from that. If you get a chance, watch “Oil Change” on the NHL Network that goes behind the scenes of the Oilers and the Barons. You'll be proud. I hope you'll become fans!
Bill Moore, Oklahoma City
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