No. 4 line: Dane Byers, Chris VandeVelde, Curtis Hamilton.
No. 5 line: Cameron Abney, Tanner House, Kristians Pelss.
GREEN NAMED CAPTAIN
Josh Green, 34, has been named team captain.
“It's a big honor, for sure,” Green said. “Anytime you can put the C on and lead a team it's a special feeling. But I don't think anything is going to change for me. Whether I have a letter on or not, I'm still going to be me and try to lead by example, try to let these kids run with it and try to not get in their way.”
Green has played in 341 NHL games for eight different organizations. He's also played for seven different AHL teams. By ending last season on an AHL roster (OKC), he's allowed to play during the lockout.
“It was a no brainer,” Paajarvi said. “Josh was the obvious choice for everybody. He has pretty much everything as a leader and a hockey player.”
Last season with the Barons, Green scored 37 points, including 16 goals, in 51 games. He's more than a decade older than most Barons players.
“It's a unique situation with these guys coming down from the NHL and some guys trying to get to the NHL,” Green said. “It's a nice mix. It should breed some good competition from within. Hopefully, we can put a good effort on the ice, win some games and have some fun.”
HEADED TO OHIO
The Barons left for Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday. Oklahoma City will open the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Friday against the Lake Erie Monsters. The teams will play again at noon Saturday. The Barons' home opener is 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, against the San Antonio Rampage.
Tickets are on sale at the Cox Center box office, by calling (405) 232-4625 or going to www.okcbarons.com.