As the affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, the Oklahoma City Barons have been grooming the future Oilers players since 2010. Today, the Oilers called up their first front office employee. Barons Digital Media Specialist Chris Wescott will join the staff of the Oilers web team and serve as the Website Content Coordinator.
Wescott began his career at Prodigal during the summer of 2010 as an intern while attending school at the University of Central Oklahoma. During his internship, he laid the groundwork for the Digital Media department. Following his successful internship and graduation from UCO, Wescott joined the staff on a full time basis as the Digital Media Content Specialist.
During his two-plus seasons as the Digital Media Content Specialist, Wescott served a public function by improving the quality and quantity of written and video content on the Barons website, OKCBarons.com. He also provided a behind-the-scenes function by creating, managing and executing video and television spots for all Prodigal events, including the Barons, Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, Professional Bull Riding, Prodigal Sports Agency and USL PRO soccer.
“We knew when we began our affiliation with Edmonton that not only would we develop talent on the ice for their organization, but also at the front office level,” said Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. “From his days as an intern through his final day with Prodigal, Chris showed an outstanding level of creativity and professionalism. Our organization will miss Chris as an employee and a person, but we are excited for this new opportunity for him.”
With Edmonton, Wescott will serve as the lead writer for the Oilers website, edmontonoilers.com, provide video content for the website and participate in panel discussions with other Oilers broadcast team members. He will cover the team at home, travel with the team for approximately half of their road games and cover other hockey-related events around the world.
“I am excited about the opportunity to achieve my goals of joining the NHL,” said Wescott “The Oilers, one of the top teams in the league in web content and coverage, provided the best fit for the next move in my career. Although I am sad to be leaving the people of OKC, I am excited about working for the fan base of the Oilers, the best fans in the NHL.
“Bob Funk Jr. and Prodigal have been unbelievably supportive of me throughout the start of my career and a lot of why this move was possible stems directly from their leadership. I can't thank them enough. I also thank the fans in OKC for their support of the team and myself. Hockey has a bright future in OKC because of you and the efforts of Prodigal. Go Barons!”
Wescott’s first day with the Oilers is scheduled for August 19. His first order of business is covering the Canadian Olympic Evaluation camp in Calgary in late August. Barons fans won’t have to wait too long to see Chris as he is also scheduled to be in Oklahoma City for the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy on September 27.
Hockey season begins in Oklahoma City on Friday, September 27 with the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy when the Edmonton Oilers host the Dallas Stars in an NHL Preseason game. For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.
Oklahoma City opens their 38-game home schedule with a weekend set of games October 4 and 5. In addition to the home opener, the Barons are scheduled to play at home November 12, 15 and 16 and December 20 and 21. The Barons annual Education Field Trip Day will be November 12. The remainder of the schedule will be announced later this summer.