Oklahoma City continues to monopolize the Central Hockey League — and the city has been out of the Double-A circuit for almost four years.
The CHL announced its second Hall of Fame class, and four of the five inductees have Oklahoma City Blazers ties. Coach Doug Sauter, defenseman Hardy Sauter, forward Doug Lawrence and administrator Brad Lund will be inducted during the league's awards banquet in May. The fifth inductee is former commissioner Tom Berry.
The inaugural CHL Hall of Fame class, in 2012, was led by all-time scorer Joe Burton of Oklahoma City. Of the eight total Hall of Famers, five have ties to the Blazers franchise.
Here's a look at the 2013 Blazers class:
*Doug Sauter coached Oklahoma City to a 544-291-83 record — a .638 winning percentage — and two championships in 14 seasons.
*Hardy Sauter, Doug Sauter's nephew, was an eight-time All-Star and collected 100 points in a single season three times.
*Lawrence was known the most for playing with the Tulsa Oilers. But the CHL's career assist (684) and penalty-minute (2,109) king spent the 1995-96 season with the Blazers, helping Oklahoma City win its first hockey championship since the 1960s.
*Lund spent the 1992-2008 seasons as the franchise's president and chief executive officer. The Blazers averaged 10 sellouts per season at either the Cox Center or State Fair Arena. The Blazers led the Central League in average attendance for 16 consecutive seasons and often ranked among the top three attendance leaders in all of minor-pro hockey.
*Cameron University inducted Lester “Bear” Jensen into its Hall of Fame. Jensen served as the Aggies' football coach from 1964-73 and baseball coach from 1975-84. He spent 17 years as the school's athletic director, overseeing such projects as completion of the football stadium and baseball field. Jensen was AD as Cameron transitioned from a junior college to four-year university.
*Four Oklahoma State runners finished the mile in under 4 minutes at the recent Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Tom Farrell (3 minutes, 58.20 seconds), Kirubel Erassa (3:58.24), Fabian Clarkson (3:59.47) and Shane Moskowitz (3:59.48) had Cowboys coach Dave Smith saying: “It was unbelievable and really impressive.” The winner of the race? Not Farrell. It was Patrick Casey of Oklahoma, who finished in 3:56.28.
*Central Oklahoma softball slugger Kacie Edwards set the school's career home run record during the Bronchos' 15-4 rout of Eastern New Mexico on Friday. Edwards, the 2012 NCAA Division II Player of the Year, hit career No. 35 during her first at bat of the season. She shared the previous record with Alley Roberts. Edwards added No. 36 later in the game.
World champion teams in the four major sports 10, 20 and 30 years ago:
MLB: Florida Marlins: Mark Redman, 14 wins
NBA: San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan, 23.3 ppg
NFL: New England Patriots: Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP
NHL: New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur, stud then, stud now
MLB: Toronto Blue Jays: Joe Carter, World Series hero
NBA: Chicago Bulls: MJ.
NFL: Dallas Cowboys: The Triplets
NHL: Montreal Canadiens: The Yankees of hockey
MLB: Baltimore Orioles: Tippy Martinez, 21 saves
NBA: Philadelphia 76ers: Say, hey, Dr. J.
NFL: Los Angeles Raiders: LA had two teams in '83.
NHL: New York Islanders: Dynasty