Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Chandler Hired as GM

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The Oklahoma City Blazers announced today that they have hired Brian Chandler as the new General Manager of the hockey club. Chandler 36, comes to the Blazers after serving as the director of ticket sales and director of community relations with the Oklahoma City Baron’s of the American Hockey League for the past 4 years.
Brian hails from Queensbury, New York and has a combined 10 years as an active duty and Air Force contractor in the power production / aircraft arresting system career field. The Blazers new GM moved to Oklahoma while serving in the United States Air Force and has previously held general management positions in the hospitality and restaurant industry.
In 2009, Chandler was awarded the “General Manager of the Year” award for the Greater Oklahoma City Metro Hotel Association.
Prior to the signing of Brian Chandler, team President and Head Coach Tyler Fleck was serving as the team’s GM.
“I would personally like to welcome Brian Chandler to the Oklahoma City Blazers organization,” said Fleck. “Brian is an extremely passionate person, I’ve known him for a couple years now and just observing as an outsider the effort he puts in on a day after day basis and how he approaches things, we knew this was the guy for the job. He’s a professional. Brian’s unquestioned passion for the sport of hockey is endless. Aside from the day to day operations of our club, Brian will be one of the driving forces behind the growth of hockey in OKC.”
The expansion Blazers posted a 34-12 record good enough for second place in the Eastern Conference this past year and are already looking forward to the new season under the passionate leadership of Chandler.
“The impact Brian will have on the hockey club off the ice and in the community will directly benefit the on ice product. Under his leadership we are going to see some great, positive change. He has vision, attention to detail and he knows how to execute.”
Few people know what the Blazers new GM brings to the table better than former Baron’s Executive Vice President of Sales Jon Beilstein.
“I am extremely happy for Chandler and the Blazers as they plan for the upcoming season. Brian has a passion for the game that not many people do. If he for some reason he doesn’t have an answer he’s a guy that will find it. He’s the grinder on the team and has tremendous character,” said Beilstein
“We as an organization will stop at nothing until our program is the best in the country. Hiring Mr. Chandler was a major piece of that puzzle.” Fleck explained.
Chandler quotes “I am truly honored and excited about the opportunity to represent the Oklahoma City Blazers hockey team. I am looking forward to continued efforts helping ice hockey grow in OKC. With the decision of the OKC Barons hockey team departing at the conclusion of this season, hockey fans will continue to have an environment and a team they can love and support that is led by a group dedicated hockey enthusiast to include former OKC Blazer professional players. We will be working diligently to create an exciting hockey atmosphere at the Blazers Ice Center that is second to none, that all of the OKC dedicated hockey fans may call home. GO BLAZERS!!!”
The team stated that the hiring of Brian Chandler is the first of several important announcements coming in the weeks ahead as the Blazers focus their eyes on the second season as members of the Western States Hockey League and a Thorne Cup Title.
“We as an organization would like to wish the Oklahoma City Barons the best of luck as they face the Utica Comets in the AHL Western Conference Semi-Finals. Go get em boys, OKC wants the Cup!”