BY RYAN ABER
The Oklahoma City Barons named Ben Buckland as the team’s public address announcer Sunday.
The Barons, the Edmonton Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate, begins their inaugural season Oct. 9 at the Cox Center.
Buckland was the P.A. announcer for the Oklahoma City Blazers during their tenure in the Central Hockey League before the team folded after the 2008-09 season.
He was voted as the top P.A. announcer in the league for five consecutive seasons.
A certified auctioneer, Buckland has also called racing, arena football, rodeo and rattlesnake roundups during his career.
“I’m proud, pumped and looking forward to this adventure,” Buckland said in a release. “I’m looking forward to the routing of being downtown at the Cox Convention Center 40 nights a year. I’ve followed the AHL and I think people will truly appreciate the difference in athleticism these players will bring each night.”
Buckland is currently the general manager for a company which operates a publishing company and radio stations in Elk City and Woodward.
Season tickets are available at OKCBarons.com or by calling 232-GOAL (4625).