Head Coach Todd Nelson and Assistant Coaches Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson have all re-signed with the Oklahoma City Barons. The trio will all be with the Barons for the third season this fall, and were all part of the 2012 Calder Cup Western Conference Finals run.
With the 2012 Western Conference regular season title came a 45-22-4-5 record for the Barons, as well as 99 points and a second-overall placement in the AHL.
Nelson, who was drafted by the Penguins in 1989, played only a few games in the NHL and spent the vast majority of his pro career in the minors, and is even in the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame. Fleming has been an assistant coach for the Oilers’ farm team for four seasons. Before coaching the ECHL’s Florida Everblades for eight seasons and the AHL’s Fredericton Canadiens, he himself played in the Montreal Canadiens organization for years. However, he only played eleven games in the NHL. Thompson became an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oil Kings back in 2007 and remained there for three seasons before joining the OKC Barons. Thompson played 25 games in the NHL with the Flames and the Panthers after being drafted by Calgary in 1995.
“We are very excited to have Todd, Gerry and Rocky return to the Oklahoma City Barons,” says Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. “Under their leadership the Barons have excelled each season and they continue to play a critical role in developing our young talent.”