Executives from the Edmonton Oilers’ National Hockey League organization visited Oklahoma City last weekend and visited the Ford Center and the Blazers Ice Centre, sources confirmed Monday.
The Oilers’ executives reportedly met with city officials about the possibility of Oklahoma City becoming the NHL team’s top farm team in the Triple-A American Hockey League franchise in the near future.
"We’ve had multiple and consistent inquiries from NHL teams about our market through the years, and those inquiries have included different levels of interest involving their farm teams,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said Monday night.
Edmonton’s current AHL franchise, the Springfield Falcons, is based in Massachusetts. That franchise has a contract with Edmonton through 2010.
"The NHL recognizes several things about our market. That it’s big, that the Blazers have been a success and that we have a good fan base,” Cornett said. "If you think of those things, it’s only natural that when they think about where they are going to put their teams they think about Oklahoma City.