Oilers bring some Magic to Capital Ex
Tyler Spurgeon goes on a ride with a young fan.
Tyler Spurgeon and Fernando Pisani on a tank with the Canadian Forces.
A fan sits in the driver's seat of the Oil Country Crusher.
Spurgeon and Pisani pose with one of many mascots
Monday Morning Magic was created by Northlands to cater specifically to children with disabilities and their families. The children arrive at the park with their families and are able to enjoy the Capital Ex in the morning before the fair opens its doors to the public.
“It’s definitely a great opportunity for them and their families to get in there early when there’s not a lot of lines. It gives them a chance to get on the rides. To be able to get in here and get ahead in line, it’s great,” said prospect Tyler Spurgeon who represented the Oilers at the event along with Fernando Pisani.
“It’s one of those things where you’re happy you can come back and do different things for the community,” Pisani added. “It’s fun. They’re enjoying themselves and we’re just happy to be here.”
The two Oilers players signed autographs, handed out hockey cards and even went on rides with some lucky fans throughout the morning.
In addition to the Oilers, representatives were there from the Edmonton Eskimos and the Edmonton Rush along with a huge selection of mascots representing many different sectors of the city.
“The kids were more excited to see the mascots than the athletes,” joked Pisani.
As a native Edmontonian, Pisani has a lot of memories of Capital Ex from back when it was known as Klondike Days.
“It was always a fun time of year,” he said. “You get to come here, go on all the rides, see all the different people.”
The Oilers winger didn’t take long to make a decision when prompted on his favourite ride at K-Days.
“I always enjoyed the polar bear express. That’s always been my favourite one,” he remarked.
Tyler Spurgeon is coming off his first season as a professional and was thrilled to represent the Oilers at the event.
“It’s exciting. They were my team growing up and it’s great to have an opportunity to help out when I can,” he said.
Spurgeon started last season with Stockton of the ECHL but worked his way up to Wilkes-Barre of the AHL. Also an Edmontonian, Spurgeon has plenty of memories when it comes to attending the annual carnival.
“Growing up I made a few trips with my buddies. I really enjoyed it. It was always something to do near the end of the summer. It was great,” he said.
Spurgeon echoed the thoughts of many other Edmontonians and named the Zipper as his favourite ride.
“I liked the ferris wheel cars where you could spin them upside down,” he said, describing the popular ride.
Pisani and Spurgeon both came to an agreement when asked what their favourite snack food was on the midway.
“Those little mini-donuts. I enjoyed those quite a bit – maybe a little too much. I’ll try and get down there this year and have them,” commented Pisani.
“I liked those mini-donuts. They’re perfect – melt in your mouth,” Spurgeon concurred.
The Oilers event team was also in full force, handing out Oilers tattoos and the Ford Oil Country Crusher made an appearance.