Edmonton reps visit city againRepresentatives from the Edmonton Oilers’ NHL franchise were in Oklahoma City this week. This is the first time the Oilers have visited the city since last summer. The Edmonton group and Express Sports president Bob Funk Jr. declined to comment as they are under a strict non-disclosure policy. Express Sports, as part of its contract with the city, is always exploring other possibilities. Edmonton has a dormant American Hockey League franchise and might be looking for a home site. The AHL is Triple-A hockey. The Blazers have been in the Double-A Central Hockey League since 1992. Funk Jr., in the past, has said though Express Sports is looking, there is nothing imminent on the horizon. He said earlier this year that there were too many issues within the Blazers organization to be thinking about the AHL. Oklahoma City overhauled its front office as five members either resigned or were released in November, including the departure of chief executive officer Brad Lund.
VANDERMEER RETURNS WITH BANGRight-winger Bill Vandermeer was all the hype before the season, but younger brother Ted Vandermeer might be the Blazers’ biggest clutch player. Vandermeer returned to the lineup Friday and scored a goal in each of the two games, including his team-leading seventh game-winner Saturday. Nobody else has more than three game-winners. Ted Vandermeer had missed four straight games with a knee injury.
BEHIND THE BOARDS...Left-winger D.J. Jelitto has scored a point in eight straight games and has more points (43) than he had in his impressive first year with Oklahoma City last season (41). …Jelitto’s linemate, Chad Hinz, scored five points this week and has registered at least one point in seven of the last eight games. … Defenseman Tyler Harder missed Saturday’s game with a back injury. He is day-to-day. Forward Josh Patterson also sat out Saturday’s game vs. Rocky Mountain. By Robert Przybylo
Edmonton reps visit city again