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Friday, July 30, 2010

Edmonton Oilers / San Jose Sharks / Stockton Thunder Press Conference on Monday

WHAT: The Stockton Thunder, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks are scheduled to host a news conference ON MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2010 AT 11:00 a.m. PT to make a significant hockey announcement at Stockton Arena.

The news conference is open to the media and public.

WHO: The following are scheduled to be present at the event:

Dan Chapman, Thunder president and alternate governor
Rick Olczyk, Oilers assistant general manager
Dan Rusanowsky, Sharks radio play-by-play announcer
Doug Wilson, Sharks executive vice president and general manager (available via live conference call)
Matt Thomas, Thunder head coach
Matt O'Dette, Thunder assistant coach

WHEN: 11:00 a.m. PT

WHERE: North Entry Conference Room, Stockton Arena (King's Room)

Specific, one-on-one interviews immediately following the news conference can be arranged by contacting Thunder media relations at 209-373-1520 and by emailing

Parking for media attending will be available free-of-charge at Stockton Arena's "ring road" entry, accessible off Fremont Street.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.

Smokin' Ray Says: I was told this May from a great person in Stockton that the Sharks wanted in on the Thunder as it is close for the Sharks to have their players located. I asked the Stockton Thunder a month ago about this, and they politely declined to comment.

It looks like it's going to be official and the info and the suspicions were right.

The Oilers and the San Jose Sharks will be sharing the ECHL's Stockton Thunder.


  1. It never made much sense to have an ECHL affiliate on the west coast and an AHL affiliate in the eastern US. I can see a ECHL move next season somewhere closer to OKC, which makes a ton more sense for travel unlike last season.

  2. No it didn't make sense at all. Springfield on one end, Stockton on the other. At least now OKC is closer to Stockton than Springfield was. But still your right OilBaron, closer would be best.

  3. How many ECHL franchises are up for sale? There's a fit there somewhere.

  4. You bet there is. Make sure you check out OilBaron at his site. He talks more about the teams that the Oilers can use.


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