Fun & Education at Oilers Ice School

Hundreds of Edmonton students were given the chance to skate on the same ice as their Oilers heroes Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 10.14.2010 / 3:53 PM MT / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
By Andrea Goss  -
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Fun & Education at Oilers Ice School
In Oil Country, dreams of skating in the footsteps of hockey heroes are not uncommon, and for over 400 lucky students from across Edmonton and surrounding areas, that dream came true this morning.

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Classrooms that will be participating in Edmonton Oilers Ice School this season were given a unique opportunity to kick their sessions of right with the chance to hit the ice of Rexall Place for a free skate.

“One of the big things we focus on in Ice School is studying the ice surface and this is a great opportunity for the kids to enjoy it first-hand and create excitement about their week ahead,” said Sandy VanRiper, Ice School Program Coordinator.

The morning was split up into four different sessions with four classes attending each skate. From first time skate-bearers to pros in the making, excitement filled the arena as hundreds of students and their teachers enjoyed the world class ice of Rexall Place.

“For these kids to get a chance to skate on such high-calibre ice, ice they’re going to study and ice they’ve seen on TV, they come away with a real appreciation for it,” said VanRiper.

For Ice School student Sam Rishaug, the opportunity didn’t go unnoticed.

“It’s really cool to skate where the Oilers do, and it’s supposed to be some of the best ice in the world,” said Rishaug.

Moving from the ice to the Rexall Place classroom, the first Ice School session begins next week. Each set of students will spend the week learning, interviewing, reading, writing and recording their observations in regards to the arena. Once the week is up, classrooms will take their collected data back to school and apply it to their everyday subjects.

For those students who didn’t attend today’s skate, the next fun-filled morning of skating is slated for February.


The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation cares deeply about our Community. Established in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) continues the Oilers legacy of giving back by contributing its unique resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Northern Alberta. With a focus on education, health and wellness for youth in Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership.

Led by a dedicated community Board of Directors, the EOCF has developed a number of programs and partnerships that target those who need it most.

The EOCF raises its funds through a variety of fundraising initiatives that take place during Oilers home games and the generous contributions of Oilers fans and friends.

The Foundation gives back in excess of $2.5 million annually to charitable organizations registered with Revenue Canada whose programs support education, health and wellness for youth throughout Oil Country.