Re-Formed CHL Returning To OKC

The Central Hockey League is re-forming as a junior league and will open play next year with six teams, including a team in Oklahoma City, which will be known as the Blazers.

The league will feature 19 & 20-year-old players who have the potential to be drafted by the National Hockey League.

The other five teams will be located in Colorado, Casper, Wyoming, Springfield, Missouri, El Paso, and Ogden, Utah.

Oklahoma City will play in the Blazers Ice Centre, with hopes of moving to a larger venue in the future.

The Blazers president is former Blazers star Tyler Fleck.

There were two previous incarnations of the CHL, both featuring the Oklahoma City Blazers.

The Blazers last season in the CHL was 2008-09.

There is currently a junior Blazers team that plays in the Western States Hockey League.