The Edmonton Oil Kings have made history before even playing a game in the 2016/17 season.
Their September 24 home opener at Rogers Place against Red Deer is sold out, making it the first ever sellout in modern Oil Kings franchise history.
“It’s special,” says Oil Kings general manager Randy Hansch. “Every day you come here, you’re always experiencing something new. For our players to be in this atmosphere, to be in this type of building, and to get that crowd support, it all helps with their development and getting to that next level.”
A total of 18,102 tickets have been sold. It’s a franchise record for the Oil Kings and is just shy of the WHL record held by the Calgary Hitmen.
“That many people consuming junior hockey, that just doesn’t happen,” says Oil Kings director of business operations Kevin Radomski. “When it turned out we got the first game at Rogers Place, it was a dream come true.”
The Oil Kings second home game is October 7 against Kelowna. Radomski reminds fans that tickets are available for that contest.
Also on Thursday, the Oil Kings announced that former Edmonton Oiler Fernando Pisani has joined their staff as development coach. Pisani spent the last three seasons as an assistant with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. David Pelletier becomes the Oil Kings skating coach. He holds the same position with the Oilers. (jrw)