The Barons begin their inaugural season Oct. 9 at Cox Convention Center. After the Central Hockey League's Blazers called Oklahoma City home from 1992-09, the city was without hockey for a year before the Edmonton Oilers announced it would place its American Hockey League team in the city. The announcement brought NHL-affiliated hockey to the city for the first time since the Oklahoma City Stars played here from 1978-82. The Barons will play in the AHL's West Division, alongside teams from Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin. Single-game tickets are expected to go on sale in late August after the complete schedule is released.