UPDATE: Monday, April 4, 2022, at 9:48 p.m.

The city of Wichita Falls has released the following statement regarding the Warriors relocating to Oklahoma City:

“The City of Wichita Falls and the MPEC want to wish the Warriors Hockey team, their staff, and ownership our best regards in the announcement they are moving their operations to Oklahoma City.

Junior Hockey in Wichita Falls started in 2002 with the Wichita Falls Rustlers at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Three other teams followed and kept the on ice games alive in Wichita Falls.

The City and MPEC look forward to what the future will hold.”

City of Wichita Falls

UPDATE: Monday, April 4, 2022, at 8:38 p.m.

The Wichita Falls Warriors confirmed in a tweet that the team and city of Wichita Falls have mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season.

The team released the following statement:

“The Wichita Falls Warriors and the city of Wichita Falls have mutually agreed to part ways at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season. The Warriors will relocate to the Blazers Ice [Centre] in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma beginning in the 2022-2023 season.

“As an organization we are grateful for the tremendous support that we have received since joining the Wichita Falls community. We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us build the product and fan experience that we have been able to display over the past two seasons. Junior hockey is built on having families who open their homes to our players and give them the ability to live out their dream of playing college hockey. To every family that has helped us along the way we cannot thank you enough! Your commitment and sacrifice to give these players the ultimate experience in Wichita Falls while being away from their families has been extraordinary. We also want to thank all of our phenomenal off ice officials. Each one has become an important part of our hockey family and we will forever be grateful for being there with us every step of the way. Another thank you to the Warriors Booster Club; these wonderful volunteers have tirelessly supported our players over the last two seasons and we will be forever grateful! Lastly, to our fans, volunteers and the many service members at Sheppard Air Force Base, we would like to salute you. You have shown amazing support to us and have been passionate about our team since our first game at the Kay Yeager Coliseum. It has truly been an unforgettable two seasons playing in front of you and we would love to have your support as we continue on our playoff journey and beyond.”

The Wichita Falls Warriors Junior Hockey Team

ORIGINAL STORY:

After two seasons calling Wichita Falls home, Texoma’s North American Hockey League franchise is leaving.

The Wichita Falls Warriors are relocating to Oklahoma City after the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season, according to sources with direct knowledge of the move.

In October of 2019, the NAHL announced an expansion team based out of Wichita Falls.

Mary Anne Choi, the team’s owner, set out to bring hockey back to Wichita Falls. In November of that year, the team unveiled its new name and logo, debuting as the Warriors.

In April of 2020, the Warriors announced Garrett Roth as their head coach. In the following months, Roth built his roster while work began on upgrades to the Kay Yeager Coliseum including a renovated locker room and Choi’s investment in the ice plant.

The Wichita Falls Warriors dropped the puck on their inaugural season on October 24, 2020. The team won 30 games in its first year, clinching a playoff spot.

The Warriors won their first round postseason series, becoming the first NAHL expansion franchise to win a playoff series since 2011.

Last Fall, the Warriors began their second season at the KYC. They sport a 32-16-8 record to date, having already clinched a playoff spot.

With four games left in the 2022 regular season, Wichita Falls will host at least one more game. The NAHL playoffs feature a best of five series with each team guaranteed a chance to play at home.

The city of Wichita Falls and the Warriors organization are expected to make an official announcement soon.