Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

2016-17 Schedule Released

OKC Blazers 16-17poster schedule

The Oklahoma City Blazers schedule has been released for the 2016-17 WSHL regular season. The Midwest Division Champion Blazers begin their quest for a Thorne Cup October 14th on the road in Wichita when they take on the Thunder. In all the Blazers will play 24 home games and 24 road games to go along with 4 games at the Las Vegas Showcase to round out the 52 game schedule.

“It’s going to be a gruelling year in the Midwest Divison and for us in particular,” said President and Head Coach Tyler Fleck. “We start with the first 6 games on the road and won’t have a home game till November.”

OKC will travel to Wichita for 3 games and Dallas the following weekend in October before opening up at home November 4th vs Turnpike Rival Tulsa.

The Blazer will enjoy home cooking in November and December with 10 of the 13 games coming at home.

After those 13 games the Blazers have arguably the toughest schedule in the entire WSHL.

Oklahoma City heads to Las Vegas for the Showcase where they will be stacked up against the best in the league for 4 games prior to Christmas. The Showcase dates are scheduled December 17-21st in Sin City.

When January arrives the Blazers will have 9 of 13 games that month on the road including a much anticipated rematch with the Colorado Eagles in Fort Collins. The Eagles upset the Blazers last March in OKC in the Thorne Cup Conference Finals.

It doesn’t get any easier when February arrives for the Blazers.

In fact it could not be more difficult.

OKC will play their Midwest Divison nemesis, the El Paso Rhinos six consecutive times, with the first 3 coming in the Sooner State and the next 3 on the Mexican border.

“We expect a war as always with El Paso. They are going to be stacked this year and I fully expect the rivalry to be at its best,” said Fleck.

The Blazers ended the Rhinos season last year and doing so snapped a streak of 9 consecutive division championships.

When OKC arrives back from El Paso in time for Valentines Day another stiff test awaits.

And guess who it is…….

The Colorado Eagles.

The Eagles will make the return to OKC to conclude the Blazers cross over schedule. Each team in the Divison was required 6 cross over games, 3 home, 3 away, with someone that is not in the Midwest Divison.

Division cross over opponents are assigned by league commissioner Ron White and typically are 2 different opponents.

“I put in a request the night before scheduling to the commissioner,” Fleck said.

That request was that Blazers could play the Eagles.

Not 3 times, but 6.

Request granted.

“Our fans want to see the best teams, they want to see the Eagles and Blazers like it used to be. There is great history dating back to the Central Hockey League days between the two franchises. Last season might have a bit to do with it too,” Fleck laughed.

If there is anything left of OKC after the Eagles fly home, they’ll have to dust themselves off and hop on bus to Springfield for their 2nd time in 2017 to once again face a very good Express team in Missouri.

“Springfield is going to have their best team yet, I know they are absolutley loaded. We will have our hands full all year with these guys. Our schedule is tough and we wouldnt have it any other way. Our fans will see playoff hockey long before the postseason arrives. We will embrace it.”

When March arrives the Blazers will have 4 games in the first 5 days of the month all at home vs Tulsa and Wichita to end the regular season on March 5th.

The Blazers Schedule Break down Looks like this

9 games vs Tulsa- 6 home, 3 away (including 2 at the BOK center in Tulsa)

9 games vs Dallas-6 away, 3 home

9 games vs Springfield- 6 away, 3 home

9 games vs Wichita- 6 home, 3 away

6 games vs El Paso- 3 home, 3 away

6 games vs Colorado Eagles – 3 home, 3 away

4 games at the Las Vegas Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All Blazers home game times are as follows:

Friday 7:30PM

Saturday 6:00PM

Sunday 2:30PM

“Let’s Go Blazer’s!”