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Wanye
April 24 2009 10:22AM

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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. This is day 2 of a 3 day bender so you will have to excuse us if we are a little less coherent than usual. Not that it will stop us from writing an article today though. We got a hilarious email  from a buddy who was at the airport this morning, saw an Oiler in line and watched the hordes of travellers basically melt. It got us thinking of stories we have heard from people who have seen the city turn to mayhem when the Oilers get spotted doing something as glamorous as getting gas.

Here are two tales.

Sheldon Souray at the Airport – by AH

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“I am at the airport this morning  flying to New York - so I am standing in line for international customs. There is this gigantic lineup to go through and all of a sudden I can hear people gasping in shock behind me. Not a few people Wanye, like half a dozen or so going “GASP!” I look back and there is Sheldon Souray patiently standing at the back of the line minding his own business and trying to pretend as though a fifth of the line isn’t talking about him. As more and more people started to turn around and stare, the whispering started getting louder and louder and it was only a matter of time before he started fending off marriage proposals.

Security took one look at the situation and came and plucked #44 out of line and whisked him to the front like he was an international diplomat. Souray looked very sheepish about the entire thing and had looked ready to stand in line with the rest of us. As he walked by everyone in line you just saw every woman’s mouth fall open and every man’s dormant homosexuality activate.

Thought I would share this with you Wanye. It was hilarious”

Shawn Horcoff at Home Depot – by MSG

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If we were going to tell hilarious “Oilers treated like royalty” stories, we had to phone our boy MSG and interview him about the time he saw Shawn Horcoff at Home Depot.

*Wanye dials MSG at 8:08 AM* MSG: Hello? Wanye: MSG, tell me about the time you saw Horcoff getting the royal treatment at Home Deeps. MSG: Why? Wanye: You know dang why MSG. This is going on the Nation. MSG: It is? Man, I don’t know why people would want to read about that story. Wanye: You just leave that to your ol’ pal Wanye. MSG: It’s getting weird – you calling yourself Wanye all the time now. And your articles – this isn’t even about anything. Wanye: Are you going to tell me the story or what? MSG: Consider it your birthday present.

“This one time I was standing in line at customer service at Home Depot. It was in the middle of the summer last year and the Deeps was packed. All of a sudden this kid working at the Depot – he couldn’t have been more than about 17 – literally runs up to the front of the line and breathlessly tells the girl working behind the counter “I need someone to help a customer in plumbing NOW!” The 18 year old girl working at the front just kind of looks at the kid and at the long line as if to say “well, it seems I have a bit of a line in front of me don’t you think?”

“Tell plumbing it’s for SHAWN HORCOFF!” the kid pleaded as though the Oilers making the playoffs relied on Horcoff getting a 87 cent plumbing screw in the middle of July.” No sooner had the words “SHAWN HORCOFF” left the kids mouth than the entire line turned around mouths hanging open. Sure enough, there was Horcoff standing at the back of the line carrying a big basket of assorted pipe and plumbing crap, looking extraordinarily uneasy with all the attention. You could tell he was fixing a toilet or something himself and had just walked up to an employee in the Deeps and asked someone to find something for him. Then Home Depot basically shut down for him to get whatever he needed. It was hilarious how excited everyone got.”

Summary

Yep, if there is one thing we love it is the concept of an all you can eat donair buffet called “Dustin’s.” If there is another thing we love it is stories of people falling all over themselves when they run into Oilers in the community. If this cartoon hadn't taken about an hour to put togther we would tell the tale of the time Todd Marchant was ready to kill us at Japanese Village because we kept getting busted staring at him.

Hey, we were 19 and he was Todd Marchant. You'd stare too.

Any hilarious tales?

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#1 Archaeologuy
April 24 2009, 10:38AM
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Its not really hilarious, but when i was in highschool i had a job at the Agricom as a cook. Almost every show i was working at Sean Brown and Dominic Pittis would show up. I would be walking to my Kiosk and I would make eye contact with Sean Brown, tip my hat, then move on without saying a word. It happened at least 6 times during the year. After the second time we would just shrug at each other like we were old pals that fell out of contact but still worked in the same building. I think he liked being recognized and kept coming back to feel good.

If you're out there Sean Brown, I tip my hat sir.

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#2 Dale
April 24 2009, 10:45AM
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Only because it is your b-day Wanye...

I've never understood why people get so ohhh and ahhh...but the best one I saw was Hudsons on Whyte during the 2006 run.

After game six when the Oil dispatched of the Wings...my buddies and I were at Hudsons...bar was busy, and then all of a sudden around 12:30 almost the entire Oiler team came in.

They set up shop by the dance floor...and the waitresses brought them beers in tubs, 30 or so per tub. THe boys must have crushed 10 of those tubs I swear.

Anyways made our way to the bar, to see if we could overhear what they were saying (I know lame). But listening to the girls and even some guys made our night.

Chicks were in love with one guy that even looked their way. This one girl goes right up to Jason Smith, and says rather loudly..."You are so manly. You can do whatever you want to me right now." He looked, smiled and said, honest to god this is true, "I have to save my energy for the next round. I could get you a young single guy though."

The girl said "For Sure"...and ten minutes later, Smith walks over with Brad Winchester...Now that is a good captain.!!!

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#3 Robert....
April 24 2009, 10:48AM
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As much as I appreciate your "paintbrush" skills, couldn't you find a better picture of Horcoff.

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#4 bingofuel
April 24 2009, 10:54AM
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I've got a gooder, from back in the day.

My mum was at WEM with my older brother who was just a toddler at the time, and she was riding down an escalator or something. There was a mob of people down below because The Great One was strolling about the mall.

This uber-bitch standing behind my mother on escalator saw Gretzky and RAN down the steps, pushing past my mum and knocking her and my bro down at the base of the escalator.

Gretzky, classy man that is he, witnessed this, stopped what he was doing, pushing past the uber-bitch and helped my mother and bro up. She thanked him and went about her day.

That's some classy-ass shit, son.

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#5 scorcoff hemmercules
April 24 2009, 10:55AM
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I always thought Souray left a trail of cash wherever he went, that picture confirms it! What else would he do with all that cash in Edmonton??? (edited by WG)

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#6 scorcoff hemmercules
April 24 2009, 10:56AM
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*thought

edit button.....anyone........

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#7 Shannon
April 24 2009, 10:59AM
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This took place around last January, but my husband and I were out for dinner at Character's. At one point I look up and see Ethan Moreau with his wife. They're getting ready to leave and as Ethan walked past us I'm pretty sure he stared at my chest.

Does that count as a sighting?

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#8 Ducey
April 24 2009, 11:02AM
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A woman I know was walking down the street in October. She sees this guy blasting a hockey ball at a net in front of his garage door.

As she walks by he says hello. She says nice day. She then then says rhetorically "so your working on your shot eh?" He says somewhat uncomfortably "ya". She then says jokingly "well if you keep at it, maybe you'll be a star in the NHL some day".

He looks a little insulted but then gives her the benfit of the doubt and says "I'm Sheldon Souray". When that doesn't seem to register, he says "I play for the Oilers".

Two days later she is still trying to find out who this Souray guy is.

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#9 Wanye Gretz
April 24 2009, 11:02AM
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@ Robert....:

No.

Love Wanye

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#10 Wanye Gretz
April 24 2009, 11:03AM
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@ Shannon:

Yes.

Love Wanye

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#11 r59
April 24 2009, 11:09AM
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Saw this going around on twitter. Thought I would post it here:

RT Hey twitterverse! Vote oilersnation.com one of the best websites in Edmonton in SEE's survey

http://www.seemagazine.com/page/best-of-edmonton-2009-results/

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#12 Poo Czar
April 24 2009, 11:12AM
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Way back in them halcyon days gone by (86 or 87?) I was at the WEM Waterpark for a birthday party or somesuch. Who walks past us? Messier, Coffey and Glenn Anderson, all sporting righteously Mantastic 80's Speedos.

Everywhere they walked, people just froze. Were they starstruck? Or merely stunned by the latent homoeroticism of 3 dudes in speedos strutting about with thier championship junk and chest hair on display?

Any chance the current squad hits the Waterpark in packs sporting Speedos in between shoe shopping trips? Methinks not...

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#13 Chaz
April 24 2009, 11:19AM
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Not necessarily funny, but in the Spring of 2005 I was trying to get back to Edmonton from Florida. Missed my connection in Toronto so I had to go on standby the next morning. I was in a panic to get back, so I was hovering around the gate trying to make sure I got put on the flight. You have to be pushy, but not obnoxious to have a chance. Because of the weather the previous day, there were a lot of people around doing the same. Then Ryan Smythe walks up and I over hear that he too is trying to get on standby. He was in Toronto practicing with Team Canada (Olympic prep, or Worlds I can't recall), but he had to get home in a hurry because his wife was going into labor.

I talked with him a bit as we waited to find out our fate. As we were doing this a luggage guy came up to the gate, took one look at Smitty and then basically forced the Airline person to put him on the flight. "Don't you know who that is?!?" Because I was standing talking to him, I got the only other standby seat they had. When I walked on to the plane, Smythe and I were in the last two rows of the flight and he gave me a huge smile and a thumbs up for making it on board.

Also, while I was chatting with Smitty (For a total of maybe 5 minutes) he was approached by probably 15-20 people asking for autographs. Even though he was obviously stressed about getting home for the birth of a child, he was a total class act to every single person who approched him. He also spent the entire flight playing with a couple of kids across his row on the plane.

Nicest guy ever....

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#14 Bob Loblaw
April 24 2009, 11:23AM
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My wife was in the check-out line at Save-On and turned around and spoke with Doug Weight. She said,"My husband would kill me if I didn't say hi and how much he enjoys watching you play." Doug said, "Thank you. You fans make it great here in Edmonton".

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A girl I went to UofA with was a waitress at a local downtown restaurant. As an attractive 18 year old girl, she was used to getting hit on a lot. Anyways, out of a group of three guys at one of her tables, one guy paid her a lot of attention and even asked for her number. During the evening, she entered the kitchen and one of the waiters said,"Do you know who that is? That's Wayne Gretzky!!!" She answered, "Who?".

Not a big hockey fan, eh?

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#15 Iris
April 24 2009, 11:24AM
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I saw Mike Comrie at Cowboys once.

He was the shortest dude there.

It made me laugh ... does that count?

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#16 Harlie
April 24 2009, 11:24AM
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I think it's funny when I see "celebs" and the rest of the unsuspecting public doesn't even clue in...here are a few of my recent and not so recent sightings..

a couple of weeks ago I was having an afternoon lunch at Joey's downtown and who walks in and grabs the table behind me? David Pelletier the gold medalist skater. Then a few minutes later Ryan Rishaug came in and joined David for lunch. No one in the restaurant noticed them or recognized them. I left them alone as well.

Also a couple of weeks ago I was at one of the GolfTown's and in line in front of me was Jason Maas. Not only was he wearing an Eskimos T-shirt but he was wearing and Eskimos ball cap. Once again noone recognized him and and I left him alone to buy his stuff.

I've already related the story about running into Sam Gagner and Tom Gilbert a few months ago at Future Shop where they were checking out video games. No one recognized them.

Last year was crazy as I ran into 3 different NHL'rs in 3 different countries all in about 3 weeks. First I was flying back from a wedding in Puerto Vallarta and Pronger was in the airport departure area with his wife. Then a week later my bro and I were shopping at West Ed and we run into Steve Staios shopping for clothes in the same store as us. Then a week later I was in Amsterdam and 3 guys were behind my brother and I as we were ordering up some burgers and fries. It was Lupul with a couple of buddies.

I also lived in Vancouver for 2 years and one of the perks of my job was going to Movie and Tv sets to do safety stuff for WCB BC. So I met tons of A and B list actors and was on the set for some big movies. I met Meatloaf, Jeff Goldblum, Hillary Swank, Al Pacino, and tons more. That was a great job! I would hang out on a movie set al day and watch them film scenes and set-up the camera angles and stuff and there was always a ton of time just hanging out so a lot of the time I would end up chatting with the Stars. One of the hottest chicks was Bianca Kajlich who was on Halloween H2O. She actually asked me to go hit the town with her but I was hooked up at the time and I actually brought my Mom to set that day so there was no way I could even sneek a night out if I did try! Bianca ended up signing a "location script" for me that day. That was cool! Hillary Swank nearly made my knees buckle when I first saw her. She flashed me a huge smile and she is incredibly gorgeous! She was on the set for "Insomnia" and that same day I met Al Pacino. The dude looks soo old in real life! He also had a group of 4 henchmen who surrounded him wherever he went.

During my time in Van I lived right downtown and I was driving and some hot blonde chick with about 50 clothing bags was crossing middle of the road so I stopped to let her pass (so i could get a good looksee!) and she turned and looked at me directly and it was Gwyneth Paltrow. She's a beut! I also ran into Jim from Taxi (Doc from Back to The Future) at a Gas Station right downtown Vancouver. I recognized him in the store of the Gas Station and I looked at him and he gave me the old head nod and his gruff "hey" just like Jim on Taxi! I was thinking to myself when I saw him how old he looked and how much of a bum he was dressed like. Then I watched as he left the store, walked about a 1/2 a block away and jumped in to a hot little two seater Lexus. Smart man to not give his identity away by rolling right up to the Gas Station in that car.

Another time my brother and I were flying from Chicago back to Edmonton and there was a departure area for Chicago to Vancouver and who do we see? Kurt Russell. He was seeing his kid and his kid's buddy off on their trip to Van. Kurt had his trademark long hair but instead of the brown blonde that you normally see it was mostly brown grey. And he looked like a bum as well as he was wearing a bleached blue levis jean jacket and wrinkled shirt and he looked like he hadn't shaved in days. Incognito for sure!

Another time the Wife and I and my Son were flying back from Phoenix and this dude bee lines it straight for us and remarks how cute our Son is. I also noticed how he was checking out my Wifey pretty good. It turns out it was Chris Angel. He wasn't wearing ANY of his trademark jewellery so at first I didn't know it was him but of course he was wearing one of his Chris Angel hats.

This list could seriously go on and on as I've run into tons more people...I usally always leave them alone.

Oh did I mention the time I partied with Souray, Gilmour, Brodeur, Odeline, and a few others at Club Malibu many moons ago? hahaah good times that was!

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#17 greenlightning86
April 24 2009, 11:25AM
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I've seen many of the oilers numerous times at the ranch but this one time I decided to talk to Winchester since non of the other guys were around him. This was just after they lost a game in calgary. Ya they get back here quickly to party.

Me "how was the game tonight" Winchester "It was ok we just couldn't finish it" Me "Ya why didn't you go out and get a goal tonight" Winchester "MacT wouldn't let me play today"

*Me walking away awkwardly since I didn't know he was in the press box*

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#18 RossCreek
April 24 2009, 11:28AM
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Dale wrote:

This one girl goes right up to Jason Smith, and says rather loudly…”You are so manly. You can do whatever you want to me right now.” He looked, smiled and said, honest to god this is true, “I have to save my energy for the next round. I could get you a young single guy though.” The girl said “For Sure”…and ten minutes later, Smith walks over with Brad Winchester…Now that is a good captain.!!!

GREAT Captain! Purely based on that alone. LOL. Too funny. *wishes childhood dreams of becoming NHLer came true*

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#19 Wanye Gretz
April 24 2009, 11:31AM
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This is the greatest comment section in a while.

Oh and my alternate team in the draft - OMG OilersNation - is now in 117th place.

WHO IS A LOSER NOW GRADE THREE TEACHER???

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#20 ShaunDoe
April 24 2009, 11:33AM
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Never posted here but I have a story so rediculous that I had to add it to the collective gushing. A little ways back while visiting a friend in Edmonton we all decided to go to the Armory. So we are all nicely liqoured and busting a groove as best as our caucasian DNA will let us, when my buddy taps me on the shoulder and points to a corner by the bar. There is Mike Comrie surrounded by a bit of a pose. So as stated I am a bit drunk and not overly convinced so using my better judgment I decide to walk over and verify. SD: "Hey are you..." MC: " Yeah I am" (assuming we are both on the same page I strike up a conversation, bearing in mind I am from BC and hadn't heard all the rumours about Mike yet) SD: "Hey man I think you're awesome I don't care where you get traded all the best luck blah blah blah *hic*" Followed by sloppy hand shake. WHere the story gets even better was when we decided its time to leave and I am ever more drunk, who's still in the corner but Mike Comrie. Since we really hit it off I figured I would throw in one more conversation for the road. So I stumbled over and one of his pose gets in my way and says no way. Comrie leans over and tells the guy don't worry he's cool. SD: "Hey Mike, just wanted to let you know me and my friends are leaving now, so we'll catch you later okay. Good luck!" In the end I think Mike was appreciative that he knew I was getting home safe and that I hadn't tried to hit him with a bottle. End of story.

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#21 RBK
April 24 2009, 11:34AM
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Two Brad Winchester stories in a single day? Wow!

I have a Ryan Smyth at the airport story too -

One time I was at the EDM airport and a little kid was running top speed and fell down and she started to cry. The mom picked her up and held her while she was standing in line. I saw this guy making funny faces at the crying kid who immediately stopped crying and started to giggle.

That guy with the funny faces was Ryan Smyth.

And we traded him.

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#22 TellEm
April 24 2009, 11:36AM
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@ ShaunDoe:

When Comrie answered "yeah I am" you should have said "wow you look shorter in real life. And douchier."

ah the armoury

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#23 cambosmash
April 24 2009, 11:36AM
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I was at the bar formerly known as the Thirsty Turtle, floor licking drunk with some friends. My hero Ales Hemsky was there with a couple other Oilers who I don’t acknowledge exist because they play for other teams now. One of my buddies who is an absolute giant walks up to Hemsky (social smoking?) and speaks in a booming overly slurred voice:

“HEY... know you from somewhere, wasyur name?” says the hairy beast man. “Ales” “Huh, Alice is not a man’s name?” “No, Ales” “Do I know ya from Junior” “Maybe, I played in Hull” “I played in BCHL. Tougher dan Hull. Doya have anextra smoke?” “No” “Jerk”, beast man walks away still not understanding the greatness he was just a part of.

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#24 Harlie
April 24 2009, 11:36AM
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one last story from my Movie Set days in Vancouver.

So I get this call to go down to this Production Office for this movie and I was to met the Set Decorator over where I setup at their location. The receptionist tells me to go sit on this couch a few offices away and wait for my contact. So I'm sitting there and a few minutes later this door to an office near to me flies open with this high strung dude yapping on his cell phone. He stops his conversation on the phone and looks directly at me and says "great, your here! C'mon in!" So I step in his office and he says " alright, go for it!". And I'm thinking to myself...go for what!? And he could tell I looked confused and he says "your here to read for the part right?" And I was shocked and I say, uhh no but I will if you want me to! And he says "oh, sorry I thought you were Josh!" So I leave his office and I find the Set Decorator who I was supposed to meet with and then as I am walking out of the Production Office I see this young guy about my age walking into the Production Office and he looked a bit nervous. Turns out it was Josh Hartnett. The movie was "40 Days and 40 Nights". The f*cker could have been me!!

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#25 Archaeologuy
April 24 2009, 11:38AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

WHO IS A LOSER NOW GRADE THREE TEACHER???

Dont you worry one bit about that grade 3 teacher Wanye. My kindergarten "teacher" told my mother that I was developmentally challenged because i didnt colour in between the lines. My mother promptly told her that if my biggest problem in life was that I couldnt colour well then I would be just fine...then she told her to F*ck off.

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#26 JB
April 24 2009, 11:41AM
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I used to work at a southside liquor store in the late 90s/early 00s. Oiler non-great Alex Selivanov was a frequent customer, buying box loads of wine and vodka every couple of weeks. Really nice guy actually, but his English was a cross between Ivan Drago from Rocky IV and Chewbacca.

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#27 ShaunDoe
April 24 2009, 11:43AM
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@ TellEm: Again I claim full BC ignorance on that one. Besides he was so small and fragile, I just wanted to hold him like a baby.

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#28 Quinn
April 24 2009, 11:46AM
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Helped my wife do a charity event at a hotel in Calgary. As we are setting up, I run to the room to get something and come down in the elevator with some giant. I am thinking, gotta be a hockey player. Get to the lobby and I end up threading my way through the entire Tampa Bay Lightning team.

Next morning at breakfast in the hotel, I end up sitting right beside Rick Tocchet and kitty corner to Gary Roberts (there were other players in there too, but no one close to the old guys or me). And I spent the entire time shooting furtive looks at all of them wishing I was brave enough to talk.

Three days later, Roberts is waived and out of the NHL.

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#29 cambosmash
April 24 2009, 11:51AM
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Not a funny story, but Tom Gilbert walked into Beer Hunter with a TLP (tight little package) of a girl.

I wish my hair was incredible. Then I could take gorgeous girls to seedy bars where equally gorgeous girls serve you peeled grapes by hand.

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#30 Archaeologuy
April 24 2009, 11:52AM
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I totally forgot about the time an Oiler knocked my girlfriend on the floor twice. So she's walking with her head down in City Centre Mall because she came to work that day wearing some grubby clothes and didnt really want to be seen in public wearing her ratty junk. All of a sudden BAM some well dressed guy who was running through the mall knocks her ass-over-tea-kettle with a wicked shoulder. She's on the floor trying to get up while being completely emberassed and looking away.

The guy that knocked her down stops and says in some broken english that he was sorry. She is so emberassed that she wont look in in the face but she sees an Oiler pin on his lapel. Guy grabs her hand to pull her up, but she isnt expecting it so when he lifts her up her feet fly out from under her and she's on the floor again. Then some other guy yells, "hey we're gonna miss the plane, we need to go". Guy runs off saying he's very very sorry.

The GF gets up and some dude says "wholly crap, that was the biggest hit I've seen Hemsky give anyone all season! You should have got an autograph!" That was late in the morning here in Edmonton and the Oilers played in St. Louis early that night. I guess he made the flight.

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#31 Timbo
April 24 2009, 11:52AM
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My brother was at the Billiard club on Whyte Ave one night to watch the game and drink a large amount of booze. Well, after the game a group of Oilers including Mike York came into the bar for some extra cirricular activities. My brother thought York was a great player, but he didn't shoot enough. So he, in his drunken stupor, walks over to York and says "Hey you're Mike York...you'd score a lot more goals if you'd just shoot the puck."

Lucky Mike was a nice guy and laughed it off...I think you know what would have happened if it was someone with a temper.

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#32 George B
April 24 2009, 12:19PM
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Actually I have lots (I used to promote the Oldtimers Hockey Challenge, and wrote for HF and Mckeen's), but here is one recent one.

I also referee Rec Hockey, and wouldn't you know it, Paul Comrie is playing for one of the teams. Many times when centres come to a face off, they don't get set, they skate in and want the ref to drop the puck the moment they get to the dot.

Comrie is skating up to the dot, but for some reason about a foot before he slows down, so the drop isn't timed to his perfect specification, so the other guy gets a clean win.

He is pissed and said, "Aren't you going to blow it down?" I said "Nope.", he says, "Dick." and skates away.

My shining moment as a rec ref. :)

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#33 Thenosebleedsection.
April 24 2009, 12:21PM
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Not very funny or exciting but my godfather use to cut Bill Ranfords hair. Infact, I had a hockey card of his and he signed it but he signed it to my brother. I was pissed.

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#34 RossCreek
April 24 2009, 12:34PM
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Jay Bouwmeester @ Big Valley Jamboree Sunday night after it was all over (totally loaded & slurring): "So, who's on tomorrow"

Raffi Torres @ some bar on Whyte (one of the upstairs one's): "You got a smoke I could bum" "No, don't smoke" Raffi slams a shooter, then slams it down on our table & walks away. (one would think a quick look at bank accounts should suggest that maybe I should have been the one asking if I could bum a smoke from him)

Mike Comrie @ Cowboys. I was admittedly loaded. The Oil just clinched a playoff birth, but weren't sure who they'd play yet (probably a couple games were left). I ask Mike who he'd rather play - Detroit or Dallas? He says Detroit (because they'd played Dallas so many times, even though I believe this was his 1st year). My response (sorry Oil fan, and yes I know this makes me look like a goof, but here it is): I don't really care who you guys play as long as you lose. Mike looked a bit put back and I walked away (high fiving myself for being soooo "clever".

A friend of mine told me a story about a friend of hers that sexed a certain tough guy Oiler who's no longer here. After the rendevouz, he left WITH his "raincoat"/"toque"/"hard-hat"/"jimmy" (if you get my drift). Guess he didn't want her "fishing" for a pay cheque. You can never be too safe, I guess. *STOP...COLLABORATE AND LISTEN...*

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#35 The Menace
April 24 2009, 12:34PM
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Chaz wrote:

Then Ryan Smythe walks up and I over hear that he too is trying to get on standby.

There's no "e" - you're thinking of the old Smythe Division. Ryan is no relation.

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#36 shakey
April 24 2009, 12:46PM
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I used to work at a Pub at WEM and we had those stupid video lottery machines and one Saturday Boris Mironov and his brother and their wives came in. I think the wives went shopping and BoBo sat and played the VLT's for at least an hour. I don't remember if he was drinking but he must have smoked a half a pack while he played. He would finish one and light up another. He didn't win very much either.

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#37 Sexy Lady
April 24 2009, 12:49PM
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Souray has family in the town I'm from and picked up his cousin from school last year, so naturally knowing the kid I roll up to the car (it was a lexus or anything I actually beleive it was the kid's dad's) and I ask him "how you like E-town?" SS "I grew up here Ha ha ha" Me "gonna score 20 for us Mr Soo-ray?" SS "I'll try kid. ha ha ha" Sourays cousin "Uhh... we gotta go".

It was maybe 25-40 seconds long but it was completey life altering, it took me probably three tries to say teh teh tweh tweh tweh-ty wwwwenty twenty!

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#38 Sexy Lady
April 24 2009, 12:50PM
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PS. That dude is friggin' handsome, if I looked half as good my Wifey ain't never nag on me.

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#39 Colin
April 24 2009, 12:50PM
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Way back in 87 when I was a wee gaffer I had just broken my arm and was at the airport for some reason(waiting for my grandparents I think) and who should come out but the oilers(not sure if this was during or after the cup win) I was really excited of course and my Dad got them to all sign my cast. I still have it somewhere...

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#40 max fisher
April 24 2009, 01:00PM
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The saturday of the last game in Calgary, i was at Red's watching Benny Benassi spin heavy beats. Around 1:30 in a state of heightened bliss i noticed Penner was right beside me, shaking his ample booty. I gave him a what's up, and figured he must have been pretty dedicated to get to this show from Calgary. I'm also gonna throw it out there that at least 60% of the crowd was on something illegal and the other 40% were looking.

booze or drugs + late nights = soft brain = soft play.

For the record, i didn't see anyone approach him. I must have told 20 different passerby that Penner there, no one flinched.

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#41 RossCreek
April 24 2009, 01:06PM
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Harlie wrote:

Then a week later I was in Amsterdam and 3 guys were behind my brother and I as we were ordering up some burgers and fries. It was Lupul with a couple of buddies.

Lupul in Amsterdam? ~Now there's one I find hard to believe~

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#42 Wanye Gretz
April 24 2009, 01:08PM
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These stories are awesome. I'll throw out one from my stash. I have mentioned it before but it is still a gooder:

I was playing blackjack with a fake ID at Palace Casino in the mall one night and Boris Mironov came in and sat beside me. We played just the two of us at a table for a couple hours - the casino was dead. I was so excited that it was just us playing. I remember thinking "I will spend all of the money I have in life if I can still sit here and kick it with BoBo." He eventually lost all of his money, then called the pitboss over to see if they would cash a cheque. Knowing who Mironov was, the pit boss said they "might be able to do something"

Then Mironov pulls out a folded cheque and drops it on the table. It was a paycheque from the Oilers. I think it was for like 70 grand or something. The pit boss looked at him and said "I'm sorry Sir. We can't cash a cheque of that size." Mirnonov looked slighly annoyed called for a marker and went to the ATM. He came back to the table with a WAD of bills and started to get them converted to chips.

That's when young Wanye knew:

One day this man would quietly disappear from the league into a retirement he could easily afford.

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#43 Phil
April 24 2009, 01:08PM
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Most awkward Oiler sighting for me was in 1998/99.

Remember it as clear as day.

I was at Kinsmen with a buddy, we had just gone swimming and were in the change rooms.

Out come Andrei Kovalenko & Doug Weight from the showers, both completely naked, shlongs hanging out, slapping each other on their bare asses just laughing out loud about God knows what.

I took one look over at these guys then realized who they were. Both gentleman were naked, and for some reason refused to wear the towels they were holding in their hands.

As I glanced over in awe of my *naked* idols, I was embarrassed because I got caught staring at Doug for a split second by Kovalenko. He notified Mr.Weight who shot a quick look back across the room and smiled at me - again, completely naked and dripping wet - then winked.

It was just... awkward, but cool at the same time.

*no homo*

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#44 Phil
April 24 2009, 01:10PM
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@ Everyone:

This Blog post delivers.

Lulz

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#45 SOUBY
April 24 2009, 01:12PM
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Iris wrote:

I saw Mike Comrie at Cowboys once. He was the shortest dude there. It made me laugh … does that count?

I know. I am 6'3" and I was at Rum Jungle with friends. I went downstairs for a bit and when I came back up my buddy asked if I saw Make Comrie because I walked right past him. Later on he came upstairs so when I saw him, I stood in front of him looked down.....way down, and shook his hand. Seemed like a nice enough guy.....Little though. Props to a guy that little being in the NHL.

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#46 RossCreek
April 24 2009, 01:17PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

“I will spend all of the money I have in life if I can still sit here and kick it with BoBo.” That’s when young Wanye knew: One day this man would quietly disappear from the league into a retirement he could easily afford.

2 classic lines there Gretz. "I will spend all of the money I have in life..." LOL. Luv it!

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#47 RossCreek
April 24 2009, 01:18PM
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@ Phil: Hey Phil, were they naked?

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#48 Thorn
April 24 2009, 01:24PM
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I'm usually the pinnacle of composure (I like to think so anyways). I was waiting for a booster juice minding my own business when I glanced towards the front door only to see K Lowe walk in. I wish there had been a camera to watch my expression but I remember my jaw dropping and staring with a s**t eating grin. He definitely found it amusing that I was so befuddled because he was smiling the whole time as he walked past me. By the time I got my juice I was still unable to muster up anything that would've been recognized as English. I did however manage to thrust my hand out in his direction. "Thanks" he said as he shook my hand still smiling. I staggerd out the door and couldn't help but wonder if he felt sorry for me and my seemingly stunted mental capacity.

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#49 Travis Dakin
April 24 2009, 01:29PM
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This is the best thread ever.

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#50 scorcoff hemmercules
April 24 2009, 01:30PM
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*feels empty inside for never meeting and oiler*

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