BY RYAN ABER
The Central Hockey League and the International Hockey League will merge for next season, the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey wrote:
Details are still being worked out but the league will play under the CHL moniker. The divisional allignment and other aspects of the merger will be worked out during CHL summer meetings this week and the IHL summer meetings later this month.
The 15-team CHL covers nine states while the seven-team IHL covers Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Oklahoma City was a member of the CHL from its refounding in 1992 until the team was folded after the 2008-09 season. The Tulsa Oilers still play in the CHL.
After a season without hockey in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League will begin play this year as an affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.