Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings released their 2011-12 regular season schedule today as they prepare for their fifth anniversary season since rejoining the Western Hockey League for the 2007-08 campaign.
The Oil Kings will play a balanced schedule of 36 home games at Rexall Place and 36 games on the road. The home schedule is heavy on weekend action, with seven games to be played on Fridays, nine games on Saturdays and five games on Sundays.
The Oil Kings will also provide fans with a prime mid-week hockey fix, with nine Wednesday home games scheduled. The home schedule is rounded out with three Tuesday games, two Thursday games and one Monday game.
Edmonton starts the 2011-12 WHL season on the road against the Red Deer Rebels at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 and the Prince Albert Raiders at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28. The Oil Kings’ home opener will be Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m. against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Fans will be well acquainted with the Oil Kings’ Central Division rivals, as the team hosts the Calgary Hitmen, Red Deer Rebels, Medicine Hat Tigers, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Kootenay Ice three times each at Rexall Place. The Ice are the defending WHL champions, while the Rebels eliminated the Oil Kings in the first round of the 2011 WHL playoffs.
Other season highlights include the 2011 Teddy Bear Toss game scheduled for Saturday, December 17 at 7 p.m. against the Calgary Hitmen, as well as the CN Hockey Hooky mid-week afternoon game penciled in for Tuesday, February 7 at 11:30 a.m. against the Kootenay Ice.
All Oil Kings regular season games will be broadcast on The TEAM 1260 Sports Radio.
Oil Kings Rookie Camp is scheduled to start Thursday, August 25, and Main Camp will commence Monday, August 29.
The fifth annual Pre-Season Invitational presented by Elite Sportswear & Awards will be held Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 at Servus Place in St. Albert, as the Oil Kings welcome the Swift Current Broncos, Prince George Cougars, Medicine Hat Tigers, Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels for exhibition action.
The Oil Kings will then play a pair of games against the Cougars the following weekend. The teams will square off on Friday, September 9 in Prince George and then head back to Alberta for an Oil Kings-hosted game on Saturday, September 10 in Jasper. Both games start at 7 p.m. local time. Edmonton closes out the 2011 pre-season against the Rebels with a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday, September 16 in Lacombe.