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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.31.2016 / 11:13 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place.

Injured defencemen Adam Pardy (hand) and Eric Gryba (knee) are skating with the group, as is centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (concussion).

Stay tuned for more updates.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.30.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we’ll announce five alumni who are scheduled to attend.

Dave Semenko won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers, but he also served the important and well-respected title of Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard. He spent just over seven seasons in Edmonton and provided his best post-season performance during the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship run. He had five goals and five assists in 19 games that 1984 post-season. He fought 70-plus times in his NHL career and played 575 NHL games, almost all for the orange and blue.

Pat Hughes spent four full seasons and part of another with the Oilers from 1981-1985. He once set an NHL record by scoring two shorthanded goals 25 seconds apart. His four years with the Oilers were the best of his career, as he surpassed the 20-goal mark three times. He helped the Oilers win two Stanley Cups during his stay in Edmonton. Hughes played 573 career NHL games and 71 more in the post-season.

Jason Strudwick finished his NHL career, which spanned more than 670 games, in his hometown of Edmonton. He closed out his career with three seasons with the Oilers (2008-2010). Strudwick also played games for the Islanders, Canucks, Blackhawks and Rangers, as well as had stints in Europe. The hard-working, versatile player has made a career after hockey as a radio analyst and now television host in Edmonton.

Chris Josephcame to Edmonton from Pittsburgh as part of the Paul Coffey trade in 1987. The defenceman played parts of six seasons with Edmonton and their affiliate in Cape Breton. He was a big part in the team’s 1992 Conference Final appearance. Joseph enjoyed a long professional career, which began in the 1987-88 season and ended with a stint in the Italian league during the 2005-06 campaign. He played more than 500 career NHL games for the Oilers, Lightning, Penguins, Flyers, Canucks, Coyotes and Thrashers.

Ian Herbers is currently an assistant coach with the Oilers. The former defenceman, a native of Jasper, AB, enjoyed a long and fruitful career with the University of Alberta. That playing career resulted in a chance to join the Oilers. He played mostly with their AHL affiliate in Cape Breton, but laced up for 22 NHL games with the parent club during the 1993-94 season. Herbers left the ice for the bench and became a coach in the AHL, first as an assistant in 2003-04. He wound up taking the head coach job at the U of A, leading his alma mater to two CIS national titles in three seasons at the helm.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.30.2016 / 1:12 PM MT
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.29.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



April 6 is right around the corner as the Oilers close in on closing out their stay at Rexall Place. The Oilers will host Vancouver for their final home game in the building, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game, we’ll announce five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five.

Al Hamilton played eight seasons for the Oilers back in the WHA days, beginning in 1972 with the Alberta Oilers. Hamilton was named to the WHA First All-Star Team in 1978. His career in the WHA spanned 455 regular season games, in which the defenceman racked up 311 points (53-258-311). He ranks among the top 40 in all-time WHA scoring leaders. Hamilton also played 31 NHL games for the Oilers in 1979-80, scoring 19 points. Before turning pro, Hamilton helped the Edmonton Oil Kings capture the 1966 Memorial Cup championship. His number (3) was retired by the Oilers franchise in 1980 and a banner was raised in his honour in 2001.

Ron Low played just a few seasons for the Oilers, but the goalie made his mark on the team as a long-time coach in the system. Low played 67 NHL games for Edmonton. After leaving the ice and heading to the bench, Low joined the AHL Nova Scotia Oilers as head coach in 1987, then coached the Cape Breton Oilers the next season. He joined the NHL club as an assistant in 1989-90, and held that distinction until he was promoted during the 1994-95 season. Low replaced George Burnett as the Oilers coach and managed to lead the team to the playoffs in three of his five years at the helm.

Louie DeBrusk joined the Oilers by way of New York as a piece of the Mark Messier trade in 1991. The enforcer spent six years with the Oilers and racked up 797 penalty minutes with the club. DeBrusk fought more than 100 times during his NHL career, which lasted 401 regular season games and 15 post-season appearances. Following his playing career, DeBrusk became a colour analyst for the Coyotes radio broadcasts. In 2008, he transitioned to television and joined the Sportsnet broadcasts of Oilers games. He now serves as a Sportsnet hockey analyst.

Scott Ferguson, a Camrose, AB native, signed with the Oilers as an undrafted free agent in 1994. His path through the Oilers organization was unique. He was traded from the Oilers to Ottawa in 1998, but returned to Edmonton a few season later. After 20 games for the Oil in the 2000-01 season, Ferguson became a regular blueliner for the club. He played exclusively in the NHL for Edmonton from 2001-2004, accumulating 21 points in 218 total games.

Tom Roulston played one game for the Edmonton Oil Kings during the 1975-76 season. He found his way back to the city during the 1980-81 season as a member of the Oilers. He played 11 NHL games that season and went on to play a 137 of his 195 career NHL games for the Oilers. His career high in points came with the Oilers (19-21-40) in 1982-83. Roulston finished his NHL career in Pittsburgh.
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POSTED ON Monday, 03.28.2016 / 4:50 PM MT

The Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) has named forward Matt Hendricks as the Edmonton Oilers nominee for the 2016 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy, awarded since the 1967-68 season, is given annually to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey". The PHWA chapters from all 30 NHL teams nominate one player from the team they cover and the winner of the award is selected by a poll among the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season schedule.

Hendricks, 34, is in his 8th NHL season and his 3rd season with the Oilers. He has registered 12 points (5G, 7A) and a plus three rating in 64 games this season and also leads the team in hits (161), as well as leads all Oilers forwards in blocked shots (68).

The 6’0”, 207-pound forward was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 5th round, 131st overall in the 2000 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 475 career NHL games, accumulating 93 points (45G, 48A) and 621 penalty minutes. He has also played in 34 playoff games, posting two points (1G, 1A) and 10 penalty minutes.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation in conjunction with Cenovus, have teamed up with Matt and Kim Hendricks to create ‘Hendricks’ Heroes’, a program to recognize and honour men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Matt and Kim Hendricks host two members of the military at 13 games throughout the 2015-16 season, where the guests are provided with two tickets, a meet and greet with Matt along with two personally signed Oilers jerseys, as well as dinner hosted by Kim.

The nomination marks the fourth time in Hendricks’ career and the second straight year where he has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Blaine, Minnesota native was previously nominated by the Colorado Avalanche (2009-10), Washington Capitals (2010-11) and Edmonton Oilers (2014-15).

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.28.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers


The countdown is on to April 6, when the Oilers host Vancouver for the team’s final game at Rexall Place. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five Oilers alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five.

Dave Lumley was drafted in 1974 by the Canadiens and traded to the Oilers in 1979. He went on to play eight seasons with Edmonton recording 98 goals and adding 160 assists for 258 points in 437 games, as well as 14 points in 61 career Oilers post-season games. His show-stopping year came in the 1981-82 season when he went on a 12-game goal-scoring streak, just four shy of the NHL record, in which he scored 15 goals. “Lummer" captured two Stanley Cups with the Oilers.

Blair “BJ” MacDonald played in five NHL seasons, two of which were spent with the Oilers. His best year came right after the WHA-NHL merger for the 1979-80 season, as he would finish the campaign with 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points, placing 10th in the league. MacDonald was also selected to represent the Oilers at the 1980 NHL All-Star Game, and served as team captain for 51 games during 1980-81.

Greg Hawgood played in 474 NHL games, recording 60 goals and 164 assists for 224 points. During his time in the NHL, the Edmonton native played three seasons with his hometown Oilers, recording seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points in 55 games.

Mike Krushelnyski joined the Oilers for the 1984-85 season and was part of three Stanley Cup titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988. In an NHL career of 897 games, Krushelnyski posted 569 points (241G, 328A); his single best season was his first year with Edmonton, in which he scored 43 goals and 88 points, often playing as a winger on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri.

Darcy Hordichuk played in 542 NHL games, recording 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points. Hordichuk joined the Oilers late in his career for the 2011-12 season, and parts of the following campaign, recording one goal and two assists for three points in 43 games. He also accumulated 1,140 career penalty minutes, regarded as one of the toughest fighters in the NHL, despite being smaller (6-foot-1, 212 lbs.) than most of his heavyweight opponents.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.27.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



The final game in Rexall Place history on Wednesday, April 6 and post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. So far we’ve announced 20 alumni and each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five more who are scheduled to attend.

Craig Simpson was acquired by the Oilers in 1987 as part of a six-man trade that involved Paul Coffey heading to Pittsburgh and saw his career blossom that same season. Simpson had 56 goals in 1987-88, including 43 goals in 59 games as an Oiler. He added 13 more in 19 games in the playoffs to help lift the Oilers to their fourth Stanley Cup. In 419 games as an Oiler, Simpson had 185 goals and 365 points but more importantly had 36 goals and 68 points in 67 post-season contests, helping the Oilers to Cup victories in 1988 and 1990.

Ron Chipperfield was the first captain in Oilers history having played two seasons in the WHA and one in the NHL. In 202 games, Chipperfield had 83 goals and 191 points as an Oiler. His best performance was in the final WHA season when he had 32 goals and 69 points in 55 games and added nine goals and 19 points in 13 playoff games to help lead the Oilers to the Avco Cup Final.

Fredrik Olausson is perhaps best known for his time with the Winnipeg Jets, battling against the Oilers in a handful of playoff series in the 1980s but he also suited up in Edmonton for three seasons from 1993-94 through 1995-96. In 108 games as an Oiler, Olausson had nine goals and 44 points. In his entire NHL career, he played 1022 games with 147 goals and 581 points. 

Igor Kravchuk quarterbacked the Oilers power play for parts of four seasons from 1992-93 through 1995-96 netting 88 points and 27 goals in 160 games. Kravchuk played with six NHL teams throughout his 12-season career and had 64 goals and 274 points in 699 games. He added six goals and 21 points in 51 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Georges Laraque was selected by the Oilers in the second round, 31st overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Laraque played 490 games in Edmonton with 43 goals, 111 points and 826 penalty minutes. Known for his jubilant goal celebrations and one of the most feared enforcers in the NHL, Laraque was a huge fan favourite during his eight seasons in Oil Country.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.26.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers



The countdown is on to April 6, when the Oilers host Vancouver for the team’s final game at Rexall Place. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five Oilers alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five.

Grant Fuhr helped the Oilers capture five Stanley Cup championships during his tenure with the orange and blue. The goaltender earned the Vezina Trophy for his 1987-88 season, in which Fuhr racked up career-best 40 wins for the Oil and a career-high four shutouts. His lengthy NHL career between the pipes brought him from Edmonton to Toronto to Buffalo to Los Angeles, St. Louis and Calgary. The Spruce Grove, AB native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

Kelly Buchberger is an Oil Country icon, having played within the Oilers organization for 13 seasons — 11 as an NHL regular — from 1986-1999. Originally taken in the ninth round, 188th overall, of the 1985 NHL Draft, Buchberger went on to play 1182 NHL regular season games and 97 playoff games, mostly with the Oilers. The forward recorded 309 points in his NHL career and was a forceful checking presence on Edmonton’s championship team in 1990. He was team captain from 1995-99 and took up a coaching career with the Oilers a few years after retiring as a player, both in the AHL and as an assistant in Edmonton from 2008-2014.

Mark Lamb joined the Oilers for the 1987-88 season after being claimed on waivers and was with the club until he was claimed by the Ottawa Senators in the 1992 expansion draft. He won a Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1990, playing an important two-way role. He was a productive player for the Oilers in that post-season, recording 17 points in 22 games. Lamb was an assistant coach for Edmonton during the 2001-02 season.

Dean McAmmond would play close to 1000 NHL games and spent a good part of six seasons with the Oilers before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks (1999) in a seven-player trade that landed Edmonton their future captain — Ethan Moreau. McAmmond’s role with the Oilers increased during his time there, with his best season coming during the 1997-98 campaign in which he recorded 19 goals and 50 points. McAmmond also played for Chicago, Philadelphia, Calgary, Colorado, St. Louis, Ottawa, the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils.

Fernando Pisani was born in Edmonton and, fittingly enough, was drafted by the franchise in the eighth round, 195th overall, of the 1996 NHL Draft. The winger only ever played one season in the NHL for a team other than the Oilers. Pisani's legacy is his performance in the Oilers 2006 Stanley Cup Final run. Pisani posted a career-high 37 points during the regular season and led all Edmonton players in playoff scoring with a whopping 14 goals. Pisani’s NHL career lasted 462 games, in which he compiled 87 goals and 169 points.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.25.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
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POSTED ON Friday, 03.25.2016 / 3:30 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers


READ: First five alumni announced Thursday | WATCH: Farewell Rexall Place Series

In less than two weeks, Oil Country will celebrate the last NHL game in Rexall Place history.

The Wednesday, April 6 game vs. Vancouver and post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five Oilers alumni who are scheduled to attend.

Fred Brathwaite was an undrafted free agent who earned his first NHL contract with the Oilers in 1993. During his three seasons in the Oilers organization, he split his time between Edmonton and AHL Cape Breton appearing in 40 games at the NHL level before moving on to the IHL’s Manitoba Moose. Brathwaite enjoyed a successful pro career, playing 254 career NHL games over a span of nine seasons with Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis and Columbus.

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Acquired by the Oilers in the Wayne Gretzky trade only months after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, Martin Gelinas' time with the club would be known for much more than his involvement in the historic trade after helping lead the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990. In his rookie campaign, Gelinas was a member of the “Kid Line” as a 19 year old alongside Joe Murphy and Adam Graves. Gelinas would go on to play 1273 NHL games with 309 goals and 660 points over 18 seasons.

From Stettler, Alberta, defenceman Bob Falkenberg was a member of the original 1972-73 Alberta Oilers. It was a homecoming of sorts for Falkenberg, who played with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the early 1960s. Falkenberg played two seasons with the Oilers plus two additional games in 1977-78 at the end of his career. Over his time with the WHA Oilers, Falkenberg had five goals and 46 points in 158 games.

Marty McSorley joined the Oilers in 1985 after being acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In three seasons with the Oilers, McSorley had 22 goals and 55 points in 160 games plus 647 penalty minutes before being moved to Los Angeles in the Gretzky trade. McSorley returned to Edmonton for one more season in 1998-99 and had two goals and five points plus 101 penalty minutes in 46 games. In his NHL career, McSorley had 108 goals and 359 points in 961 games. His 3381 career penalty minutes ranks fourth all-time in NHL history.

“The Magic Man” Kent Nilsson was a trade deadline acquisition for the Oilers from the Minnesota North Stars in 1987 and had an immediate impact in helping the Oilers win their third Stanley Cup. He had five goals and 17 points in 17 regular season games to finish the 1986-87 regular season and then added six goals and 19 points in 21 playoff games. After a stint in Europe, Nilsson returned to the Oilers during the 1994-95 season for six games at the end of his career, scoring one goal. After his playing career, Nilsson also worked as a European scout for the Oilers.

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