The Tulsa Oilers have a long and storied history in professional ice hockey. Established in 1928, the Oilers were one of the founding members of the Central Hockey League (CHL). The team has won two Presidents’ Cup Championships, four Adams Cup Championships and six Turner Cup Championships throughout its time in the CHL. Here are 10 secrets about the Tulsa Oilers that you may not know:
1) The Tulsa Oilers were named after an old oil well in the area known as “Tulsa No. 1”.
2) Tulsa Oilers player Dwayne Roloson once held three records for goaltenders: Most victories (62) during one season, most consecutive shutouts (4), and most consecutive minutes without being scored upon (335).
3) In the early 2000s, The Tulsa Oilers set a CHL record for most consecutive sellouts when they sold out 27 games in a row.
4) The “Tulsa Shootout” is an annual post-season event held by the Oilers. It showcases the league’s top rookies and prospects from all over North America.
5) During their time in the IHL, the Tulsa Oilers were one of only two teams to make it to the Turner Cup finals four years in a row (1991-1994).
6) The first home game at the BOK Center was played on October 10th, 2008 against Texas Brahmas. Over 15,000 fans attended the game, making it one of the most well-attended minor league hockey games in history.
7) The Tulsa Oilers were one of four teams to win both a Presidents’ Cup and an Adams Cup during their time in the CHL.
8) In 2011, former Oiler player Ken Gernander was inducted into the CHL Hall of Fame. He is currently the head coach for AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.
9) In 2018, the Tulsa Oilers became affiliated with NHL’s St. Louis Blues and AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. This partnership has allowed players to develop and move up within the organization.
10) To date, more than 40 former Tulsa Oilers have gone on to play in the NHL. These former Oilers have won two Stanley Cups, three Hobey Baker Awards and one Calder Trophy. They have also competed in five All-Star games, making them a force to be reckoned with on the ice.