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Main Event: 2009-10 AHL nicknames

2009-2010 AHL NICKNAMES

Barons, Roughnecks, Bisons or Blazers.

Oklahoma City will join a bunch of other teams in the American Hockey League with a rich hockey history. Hockey has been played off and on in Oklahoma City since the 1930s with the Warriors. The Blazers were in the then-Triple-A Central Hockey League in the 1960s and 1970s; the Stars were a short-lived Triple-A CHL franchise the 1980s; and the Blazers returned for 1992-2009 seasons in the Double-A CHL.

Abbotsford Heat (Calgary Flames)

Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)

Albany River Rats (Carolina Hurricanes)

Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)

Chicago Wolves (Atlanta Thrashers)

Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)

Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens)

Hartford Wolfpack (New York Rangers)

Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals): Chocolate capital of the world. The team's colors are maroon and silver, just like a Hersey wrapper. Team was called the Hershey B'ars until 1936 as sportswriters and league officials complained that the name was too commercial. Deleted the apostrophe and added the "e" for Bears.

Houston Aeros (Minnesota Wild): Heavy space influence Astros. Rockets. Comets. Aeros. The nickname Aeros also goes back to the 1970s, when Gordie Howe and sons Mark and Marty played for the old World Hockey Association powerhouse in Houston.

Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado Avalanche)

Lowell Devils (New Jersey Devils)

Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings)

Manitoba Moose (Vancouver Canucks)

Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators) and Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning): A rarity in pro sports. Two teams in one league with the same nickname.

Peoria Rivermen (St. Louis Blues): Peoria sits along the Illinois River.

Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres)

Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins): OKC was once home to Bruins' prospects such as Glen Sather, Terry Crisp, Gerry Cheevers and Harry Sinden. Back then, they played for the Oklahoma City Blazers, not the Oklahoma City Bruins.

Rochester Americans (Florida Panthers): Affectionately known around hockey circles as the Amerks.

Rockford Icehogs (Chicago Blackhawks)

San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes)

Springfield Falcons (Edmonton Oilers): Oilers will send top prospects to OKC beginning with 2010-2011 season.

Texas Stars (Dallas Stars)

Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins): Sid the Kid never played a game for the Triple-A Pens.

Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks)

BY SCOTT MUNN

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