The Oklahoma City Barons signed forward Taylor Hall to an American Hockey League contract, Barons General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Hall, a 5-11, 190-pounder from Calgary, Alberta was the #1 overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He made an immediate impact, playing in the NHL at the age of 18. For his NHL career, he has played in 126 games over two seasons, scoring 95 points (49-46-95).
Before being drafted #1 overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Hall played three full seasons with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League. With Windsor, he scored 280 points (123-157-280) in only 183 games. Hall’s best season was his final with Windsor when he scored 106 points (40-66-106).
Hall joins fellow first-rounders Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Magnus Paajarvi, Alex Plante, Colten Teubert and Jordan Eberle on the Barons roster. Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle were assigned to Oklahoma City by their parent club, the Edmonton Oilers in mid-September.
“The addition of Taylor Hall to the lineup is boost to the roster,” said Prodigal CEO Bob Funk Jr. “Having two athletes drafted #1 overall playing in Oklahoma City has never happened before. They join a lineup of fantastic athletes our coaches have the opportunity to work with on a daily basis. I believe the sports fan in Oklahoma can relate to the outstanding athletic ability our players have and will increase the value of our games for our fans.”
“Taylor Hall is a very competitive player who has had success in the NHL for two seasons,” said Barons General Manager Bill Scott. “With Taylor coming off his shoulder injury from last season, it is important for him to continue to play hockey as he is still in his prime development years. We know that he will be a great fit here in OKC and we look forward to adding him to our lineup.”
Hall and Nugent-Hopkins are the seventh and eighth athletes that have been selected #1 overall in their particular sport and played professionally for a team in Oklahoma City. They will join baseball players Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez and Kris Benson and hockey players Barry Gibbs, Rick Pagnutti and Bob Neely as #1 overall selections to play professionally in Oklahoma City. The pair will be the first to play on the same team at the same time.
Oklahoma City closing out a season-long seven-game homestand this Friday and Saturday with home games against the Houston Aeros. Faceoff for both games is 7 p.m. The weekend concludes Sunday in San Antonio when the Barons take on the Rampage at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, is Faith and Family Night with the Barons. The first 2,000 fans through the doors receive a one-of-a-kind Barons Faith t-shirt. Saturday, the Barons are giving away the third of 12 cars on the season. The winner of the car Saturday night drives away in a Jeep, courtesy of the Barons and John Vance Auto Group.
Saturday, the Barons and their fans will help determine the outcome of the upcoming Presidential election. The Barons have ordered Presidential Candidate bobbleheads. The team has 1,500 Barack Obama bobbleheads holding a hockey stick left handed and 1,500 Mitt Romney bobbleheads holding a hockey stick right handed. Barons fans planning on voting for Obama area asked to go in the main entrance to the left, while fans planning on voting for Romney are asked to go in the main entrance to the right.
A variety of ticket packages are available to meet every individual or group need. Packages ranging from 7-game and 11-game packs to Full Season Seats are available. Call the Barons’ front office at 405-232-4625 for information on group outings, Season Seats and other ticket packages.