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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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POSTED ON Friday, 03.25.2016 / 1:50 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers winger Patrick Maroon was named the first star of the game in Edmonton’s 6-3 win over the Sharks in San Jose last night. He scored a goal and added two assists and five shots in an impressive effort. That was Maroon’s second career three-point night.

“I don’t really judge myself after games,” said Maroon. “Some games I’ve played terrible and I’ve played some terrible games as an Oiler, maybe a couple. Last night, I thought I felt good. I thought our line played good in all three zones. We were breaking out clean in the defensive zone and we did good offensively leading to some zone time. I thought we did a good job of that. The more time we do that, the more successful we’ll be.”

Maroon was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline. The hulking winger has played 11 games for the Oilers and has nine points (3-6-9). He is consistently playing a top-six role with Edmonton and has shown a knack for going to the net and playing with skilled linemates, such as Connor McDavid and Jordan

“It’s been going good so far,” said Maroon. “The coaches and the brass have given me a chance to play in the top six. For me coming in here I have to seize the opportunity. I’ve got to play good, because this could be a spot for the taking and maybe for my future, it could be good for me. Obviously, playing with Connor and Ebs is pretty easy. They have really good skill, good speed in the neutral zone, good and clean breakouts so that really helps for me. I just try to play big and physical and go to the net and try to open space for those two.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.25.2016 / 1:46 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers didn’t have the first period against the San Jose Sharks they wanted or expected. By the end of the opening 20 minutes Thursday night, Edmonton found themselves down 2-0.

Lauri Korpikoski got the important first goal for Edmonton 1:39 into the second period, after the team received chastisement from Head Coach Todd McLellan during the intermission. Following Korpikoski’s tally, the Oilers comeback continued.

Taylor Hall scored at 8:18 of the middle frame and Adam Clendening gave the Oilers their first lead just 45 seconds later. Following a Sharks goal to tie the game at 3-3, Patrick Maroon responded for the Oilers and they never surrendered the lead again. Hall’s empty-net goal at 19:54 of the third closed out the 6-3 win.

“It was huge coming back from behind,” said Korpikoski. “We haven’t had too many of those lately. The first period is something we all learned from. We weren’t ready to go in that one, but the last 40 was a lot better.”

With San Jose trying to clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Oilers, it was impressive that Edmonton was able to not only come from behind, but beat a motivated team in their own barn.

“It says a lot. It says we’re capable of doing that, and it says basically going forward into next year, if we play like that, we can beat any team in this league. That’s a good sign,” said Maroon. “The last month of this season, it’s probably the hardest to play. It’s like playing playoff hockey. Some teams are trying to make it, some teams are trying to clinch a playoff spot so they’re playing for their spots. To come back and win shows good character in the locker room and good response, good poise and the leaders took charge.”

The playoffs are not in the team’s immediate future, but showing resiliency down the stretch is better than the alternative.

“We may not be in a playoff spot this year but it gives us confidence going into the summer that if next year we come back and play 60 minutes (every game) then we can be a playoff team,” said defenceman Jordan Oesterle.

Maybe momentum won’t carry into 2016-17, but lessons learned may and momentum can at least provide a boost heading into their showdown with Los Angeles Saturday night.

“It definitely gives us some momentum going into LA, and it definitely gives the boys a boost of confidence leaving San Jose with two points,” said Oesterle. “We came out in the first not the way we wanted and responded well in the second and third.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.25.2016 / 11:50 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at the SAP Center in San Jose before flying to Los Angeles this afternoon.

Darnell Nurse and Cam Talbot are not participating.

Stay tuned for full coverage.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.24.2016 / 4:00 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In 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, starting with the first five today.

Jari Kurri joined the Oilers in 1980 and played 10 legendary seasons, winning five Stanley Cups. Not long after his arrival, he was paired with teammate Wayne Gretzky, and the duo became one of the most prolific scoring tandems ever to play in the NHL. In the 1984-85 season, the Finn scored 50 goals in his first 50 games and finished the year with 135 points. Kurri recorded 601 goals and added 797 assists in 1,251 games for 1,398 points with Edmonton, as well as 233 points in 200 career Oilers post-season games.

Willy Lindstrom started his hockey career in the World Hockey Association with the Winnipeg Jets. He went on to play nine seasons in the NHL, two of which were spent as an Oiler. In that time, Lindstrom recorded 40 goals and added 41 assists in 163 games for 81 points and won two Stanley Cups in 1984 and 1985.

Petr Klima played four seasons with Detroit from 1985-89 before being traded to the Oilers (along with Joe Murphy and Adam Graves) during the 1989–90 season. The Czech forward played four seasons with the Oilers, recording 118 goals and 85 assists in 258 games. Klima scored the winning goal in the third overtime of Game 1 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final against former Oilers goalie Andy Moog of the Boston Bruins. Klima played for the Oilers until 1993, winning the Stanley Cup in 1990.

Eddie Mio was part of the legendary WHA trade that sent Wayne Gretzky (along with Peter Driscoll) from the Indianapolis Racers to the Oilers. The 5-foot-10 goaltender played two seasons with Edmonton, seeing his first NHL action during the days of the Oilers’ transition from the WHA. Mio won 16 games in 1980–81 before he was traded to the New York Rangers.

Ryan Smyth was selected by the Oilers in the first round (sixth overall) in the 1994 NHL Draft. The winger went on to play 15 seasons with the Oilers. He spent 12 seasons with Edmonton before he was traded to the New York Islanders in 2007. After five seasons playing with three other NHL teams, the Oilers reacquired Smyth in 2012. The perennial fan favourite recorded 386 goals and added 456 assists in 1,270 games for 842 points with Edmonton, as well as 59 points in 93 career Oilers post-season games. Smyth is tied with Anderson for the most regular season power-play goals in franchise history with 126.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.21.2016 / 1:37 PM MT
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