|Cape Breton Oilers|
|City:||Sydney, Nova Scotia|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Centre 200|
|Colours:||Orange and blue|
|1984–1988:||Nova Scotia Oilers|
|1988–1996:||Cape Breton Oilers|
|2004–2005:||Edmonton Road Runners|
|2010–present:||Oklahoma City Barons|
|Calder Cups:||One (1992–93)|
The Cape Breton Oilers were an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. The team relocated from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1988 and was renamed for Cape Breton Island. Home games were played in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, at Centre 200. The franchise moved to Ontario in 1996 and became the Hamilton Bulldogs.
For eight seasons (1988-1996) they were the primary farm team of the Edmonton Oilers which was reflected in their logo and uniform design. While the Oilers never finished the regular season atop either their division or the league, they did capture the Calder Cup during the 1992–93 playoffs.
Demise of the AHL on the East CoastEdit
When the Cape Breton Oilers vacated Nova Scotia for Hamilton in 1996 and became the Hamilton Bulldogs, it marked the beginning of the end for AHL hockey in Atlantic Canada. Shortly thereafter, the Prince Edward Island Senators were deactivated. In 1999, the Fredericton Canadiens also moved west to become the Quebec Citadelles, later merging with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Saint John Flames suspended operations in 2003 and then departed New Brunswick in 2005, eventually landing in Omaha, Nebraska for two seasons before moving to the Quad Cities and then to Abbotsford, British Columbia. The St. John's Maple Leafs were the last to leave the region, moving from Newfoundland and Labrador to Toronto in 2005 and being renamed the Marlies.
1992–93 Calder CupEdit
The Cape Breton Oilers 1992–93 playoffs was one of the most dominant in AHL history. In particular, during the 1993 playoffs, the Oilers posted a record of 14 wins and two losses, and were led by a playoff performance by forward Bill McDougall that remains virtually unparalleled in professional hockey to this date.
During the 16 games, McDougall scored 26 goals, and added 26 assists for 52 points. Fourteen years later, his records for goals, assists and points all stand, and his total of 3.25 points per game, is more than was ever matched in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record with 47 points.
- Nova Scotia Oilers 1984–1988
- Cape Breton Oilers 1988–1996
|Season||1st Round||2nd Round||3rd Round||Finals|
|1984–85||L, 2-4, Maine||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Out of playoffs|
|1986–87||L, 1-4, Sherbrooke||—||—||—|
|1987–88||L, 1-4, Maine||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Out of playoffs|
|1989–90||L, 2-4, Springfield||—||—||—|
|1990–91||L, 0-4, Moncton||—||—||—|
|1991–92||L, 1-4, St. John's||—||—||—|
|1992–93||W, 4-1, Fredericton||W, 4-0, St. John's||W, 2-0, Springfield||W, 4-1, Rochester|
|1993–94||L, 1-4, St. John's||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Out of playoffs|
|1995–96||Out of playoffs|
- Wade Campbell
- François Leroux
- Shjon Podein
- Shaun Van Allen
- Peter White
- Tyler Wright
- Miroslav Satan