After 14 years under the leadership of Jeff Lund, Tulsa Oilers Hockey was purchased by Wichita-based Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC. Rodney, Brandon, and Johnny Steven bought the Wichita Thunder in 2011 and now own both of the CHL’s remaining original franchises. The announcement was made at a press conference earlier today inside the BOK Center, the Oilers home since 2008. The sale was finalized earlier this week and terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the next chapter of Tulsa Oilers hockey,” said Rodney Steven II. “This franchise has an outstanding history, an extremely loyal fan base, and one of the best arenas in the league.”
The Steven brothers, well-known business leaders in the Wichita community, own and operate Genesis Health Clubs as well as several car dealerships in the Wichita area. Now, the Steven brothers have their sights set on restoring the Oilers winning tradition.
“Nothing would make me and my brothers happier than to see huge crowds packing the BOK Center throughout the upcoming season,” Rodney remarked. “We want to re-energize our existing fans but we also want to make a big push to reach new fans, to attract families, and to let everyone know that Tulsa Oilers hockey is the very best entertainment value in this entire region.”