Oilers returning to former glories
The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek, the good ol' Alberta boy that he is, served up a column yesterday that reflects a little bit on all things Edmonton Oilers: the fans, the city and, of course, the history.
“I will say though that Coff's been phoning, Mess has been phoning, they're all real excited for the team,” said Lowe. “Mess might be different because of his success in New York, but deep down inside, he'll always be an Oiler. But they're excited for the city and it rekindles old feelings.You know, watching the Oilers' run to the finals, I sometimes wish I was back in Kamloops, a quick nine-hour jaunt up the Yellowhead from where all this hockey-related mayhem is taking place. (Nine hours is a relative breeze of a drive for someone from Western Canada.)
“It just goes to the love affair the city started with the team when we knocked off Montreal in ‘81. Even long before the Cups, that's where it started. There are some defining moments in the Oilers' history. That was one of them – beating the Montreal Canadiens, it legitimized the Edmonton Oilers from Western Canada in the NHL.”
A few years ago, I spent a summer in northeastern Alberta working at a small newspaper, covering the local Jr. A team, and it was actually the first time I'd been to Edmonton. I got a good taste of the City of Champions on my first visit, however, a somewhat-hazy mid-July trip to an Eskimos game at Commonwealth Stadium in 40 degree weather. It was a blast.
The only unfortunate part is that I was two years too early.
UPDATE Off Wing Opinion has a clip of the anthem sing-along The Hat's talking about in his piece.