Joey Moss Cup

Lowetide
September 18 2011 07:15AM

 

The Joey Moss is an annual rite of fall, a chance to watch the town team as a family and honor the organization's finest: Joey Moss.

If hard work, dedication and loyalty have any place in today's busy world, then surely Joey Moss is a shining example for all of us. A past winner of the Oilers "7th Man Award" and a very popular Edmontonian. One of the enduring memories for this fan from from 2006 spring was seeing Moss belt out the anthem before every game. It became part of the story, part of the emotion during a welcome romp to the Staney Cup finals. Oiler fans of any age feel a special connection with Moss: he's been there every minute with us--through good times and bad--and delivered. New employees would do well to copy the work ethic and dedication displayed by the Oilers finest.

Moss has given over 25 years of his life to the Oilers, and for many fans (my children included) is the most popular member of the entire organization. In a city crushed by disappointment on the sports pages in the last few years, Joey Moss remains the same today as he was 25 year ago: a winner.

Ryan Smyth returns today in Oiler silks, and that will be an emotional moment for Oiler fans. An entire general of Oilers Nation views Smyth as their icon, their Messier, their Gretzky, their Weight. His welcome home should bring down the house this afternoon.

ROSTERS (courtesy Oilers website)

TEAM BLUE*

23 Linus Omark - 93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - 91 Magnus Paajarvi
28 Ryan Jones - 68 Tyler Pitlick - 46 Ryan Keller
75 Antti Tyrvainen - 67 Gilbert Brule - 51 Philippe Cornet
16 Darcy Hordichuk - 42 Ryan O'Marra - 37 Lennert Petrell

13 Cam Barker - 77 Tom Gilbert
41 Taylor Chorney - 86 Kirill Tulupov
87 David Musil - 81 Taylor Fedun
78 Martin Gernat - 48 Alex Plante

30 Olivier Roy
38 David LeNeveu
 
Interesting lineup in many ways. RNH gets the two Swedes today, an "all puck skills" line that should dazzle at today's event. Pitlick in the middle on the 2line is interesting (the Oilers have always said they see him as a C and it looks like that will be his position) and Petrell on 4line RW is probably not a good sign even though it's early.
 
Barker-Gilbert could be an opening night pairing, and the third pairing is worth watching too. Musil may be more advanced as a hockey player than you'd expect from a 2nd round pick in the most recent draft and I think he'll be a player to watch over the next few days.
 
The goaltending tandem is an eye opener. I would suggest that Roy is #5 on the depth chart and LeNeveu is an OKLA CITY signing and #4 on the depth chart. This team could be challenged in net today.
 
 

TEAM WHITE*


4 Taylor Hall - 57 Anton Lander - 14 Jordan Eberle
94 Ryan Smyth - 20 Eric Belanger - 56 Teemu Hartikainen
55 Ben Eager - 54 Chris VandeVelde - 61 Tobias Rieder
60 Tanner House - 66 Ryan Martindale - TBA

5 Ladislav Smid - 24 Theo Peckham
25 Andy Sutton - 44 Corey Potter
80 Martin Marincin - 88 Brandon Davidson
82 Jeremie Blain - 58 Jeff Petry

34 Yann Danis
1 Tyler Bunz

 
A nice push for Lander today, getting the two phenoms on each wing. The 2line should be fun, Jason Gregor told me yesterday that Hartikainen lost some weight and has more jump this fall. Martindale in the lineup is a good sign, as he was injured after making a wonky hit in Penticton.
 
On the blue, the Smid-Peckham tandem should have everyone keeping their head up, and Sutton-Potter is a combination we could see sometime this winter on the big club. I'll be watching Marincin-Davidson closely, that duo could represent a lot of the Oilers future. I wouldn't put too much into Petry's being an extra pairing, suspect he'll play quite a bit this fall and get every chance to show his stuff.
 
The goaltending looks a little stronger on this side, with Danis the de facto OKC starter and Bunz the better of the prospects. This team has Ryan Smyth on it, so will no doubt be the crowd favorite (if there is one).

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Two years ago, the Oilers dumped this game because Pat Quinn wanted to institute some new systems and training camp time was dear. I didn't understand that--why not just start TC a day early--and the hockey Gods agreed, making certain the Oilers finished 30th two seasons in a row.

Smyth is back, the Joey Moss Cup will be handed out this afternoon and Edmonton can welcome back the Oilers for another long (and hopefully fun) winter.

It begins.

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#1 Stocc
September 18 2011, 07:19AM
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FAST!!!

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#2 knee deep in it
September 18 2011, 07:21AM
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great to have hockey game talk first thing in the morning. Been a long summer.

IMO, a big story of this camp will be the emergence of two guys who might be big factors in a couple of years - Musil and Martindale.

These two guys might provide the depth teams need to be truly elite

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#3 Drew - Team no more tanking
September 18 2011, 07:45AM
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I bought two tickets to the game today in hopes of taking my boy for his first trip to Rexall (he's 2). He has come down with a cold and we will not be able to attend. If anyone is interested in the tickets they are yours for free, you would just have to come and grab them.

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#4 Mason Storm
September 18 2011, 07:55AM
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Where is Horcoff? Did he get cut?

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#6 dragon
September 18 2011, 08:12AM
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Hi Drew, Nice to offer. I am planning to take my 6 year old - as an inspiration before his evaluations next week - if you have no other takes, I'll put your tickets to good use. Thanks. (dragosn@yahoo.com)

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#7 DBO
September 18 2011, 08:13AM
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Really hope to see Lander tear it up. Looks like both he and RHN will get solid linemates going forward adn we may get a real competition for that last forward spot. Personally I think there is only one spot up for grabs, since hordichuk and Brule will be 12 and 14. So like many have said, RNH gets the 9 game try, Lander gets AHL top minutes and if he plays well enough and RNH does not light the world on fire, Lander is with the big club by game 10.

And I may be crazy, but I wonder if RNH does get the full 10 games. Tambellini keeps saying we have enough youth and there is no rush for RNH. I really think they plan on giving Gagner a fair shake as a top line guy, and if it doesn't work they sip him out or move him to wing next season. Same with Brule. And since \RNH will be a waste as a 4th line guy, whereas Lander will be useful and is more suited to it, for that reason I think they have already made up their mind he is going down. Same thing happened to eberle a few years back. he may have been the best guy in camp but still got sent down to junior (yes I know old timey coach had a hand in that).

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#8 Woodguy
September 18 2011, 08:20AM
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Love that Hartikainen is playing with Smyth and Belanger.

A harbringer of things to come?

Lander getting to center 4 & 14 is also good to see.

Perhaps the coaches have been given free reign to pick their team regardless of contract situation?

I hope so.

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#9 a lg dubl dubl
September 18 2011, 08:20AM
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No matter what happens this season with the Oilers(Im hoping for a healthy season and playoffs), it's going to be awsome to see Louongo cry like a little baby when he cant see the play as Smytty stands in front of him; or when Eager starts talkin smack standing over Lou after the Oilers score a goal 8 FREAKIN TIMES THIS SEASON!!!! ITS GUNNA BE AWSOME!!!!! LETS GO OILERS!!!!!

that is all.good day. :D

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#10 STAZE
September 18 2011, 08:22AM
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"Two years ago, the Oilers dumped this game because Pat Quinn wanted to institute some new systems"

Was not a good start for Mr. Quinn. Joey is highly revered in this town and the removal of his game was a huge mistake.

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#11 Walter Sobchak
September 18 2011, 08:22AM
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Team White is going to crush team blue! who picked these teams!lol

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#12 a lg dubl dubl
September 18 2011, 08:26AM
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I was just over at the sportsnet site, and they reported that Iginla left the ice after a 1/2hr because of "back spasms"....could the hockey gods be hating on the Flammers this yr...YES PLEASE!!!...*knocks on wood*

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#13 The Farmer
September 18 2011, 08:35AM
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I didn't realize they had scrapped the joey moss cup. That is interesting, a little Karma no doubt.

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#14 Dan
September 18 2011, 08:48AM
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Lowetide,

Do think they are seriously going to give Lander a shot this year, or is this just a teaser?

Also do you know if Gregor is on Global every Sunday morning now?

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#16 Jason Gregor
September 18 2011, 08:54AM
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Mason Storm wrote:

Where is Horcoff? Did he get cut?

Horcoff like Whitney and Hemsky is coming off of surgery. Renney said yesterday he thought Horcoff might need to be on a reduced schedule to start camp, but was surprised at his health.

Sounds like they are going to be patient with him as well. Not playing the JM Cup or the first few preseason games won't hurt him, so no need to play him.

The organization is trying to be proactive regarding injured guys. If guys get hurt again this year, the season could go sideways quickly.

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#17 Jason Gregor
September 18 2011, 08:55AM
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@Dan

@Lowetide

Yes I'm on Global regularly now at 9:15ish...

LT, I will sport a new pair of goggles just for you....

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#18 Jamie B.
September 18 2011, 09:17AM
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A lot of guys sitting out. No Gagner? Is Curtis Hamilton banged up?

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#19 Stephen
September 18 2011, 09:31AM
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@Drew - Team no more tanking

Sure, but where do you live?

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#20 mackb
September 18 2011, 09:43AM
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@Drew - Team no more tanking

Hey Drew,

I'd love to take them off your hands and take my six year old to the game.

If they are still available, I can come pick them up.

Shoot me an email at brian at mytooq dot com.

Thanks

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#21 Shane
September 18 2011, 10:06AM
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What's the price for tickets today?

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#22 Drew - Team no more tanking
September 18 2011, 10:09AM
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Hi Dragon, I've given them to my neighbour but thanks for the interest. I had also put them on kijiji and had about 10 replies. I guess another sign that hockey season is back!

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#24 One ( cold ) Canadian
September 18 2011, 10:26AM
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Mmmm...pass the coolaid!!

Anyone know if CHED is broadcasting the game?

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#25 Zack
September 18 2011, 10:37AM
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Just wanted to confirm that you can purchase tickets at the door. First come, first served type of deal for seating?

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#26 justDOit
September 18 2011, 10:38AM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

I was just over at the sportsnet site, and they reported that Iginla left the ice after a 1/2hr because of "back spasms"....could the hockey gods be hating on the Flammers this yr...YES PLEASE!!!...*knocks on wood*

It could very well be that start of bad hockey karma, but it's a small start. Trading away Regher will have much more impact on that team (boo hoo).

I can't wait for the first bottle of albeerda.

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#28 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
September 18 2011, 10:51AM
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@One ( cold ) Canadian

yes ched is broadcasting it

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@zackman35 yes you can buy them at the door and i assume it will be like prior years with general admission type seating

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#29 OilerLand
September 18 2011, 10:53AM
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Drew I'm sorry to hear your kid got sick and can't go. The game is streaming on the oilers website, though. Hopefully you get to take him again this season.

Joey Moss is a fine human being. This game is more than a game. Love it.

But ya team blue is gonna win.

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#30 OutDoorRink
September 18 2011, 11:06AM
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"I was just over at the sportsnet site, and they reported that Iginla left the ice after a 1/2hr because of "back spasms""

Kind of makes sense. He's been carrying the Flames for about 6 years now.

Joey ROCKS!!!

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#31 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
September 18 2011, 11:37AM
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Woot, I'm off work at two. Choppy internet feed, here I come!

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#32 One ( cold ) Canadian
September 18 2011, 12:04PM
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Can't wait for the drop of the puck, seems to me this has been the longest off season ever.

I look forward to seeing the bad karma bus heading south on the QE2.

Anybody wanna lay bets that Smyth scores the first goal of the year?

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#33 The Towel Boy
September 18 2011, 12:20PM
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Team White is gonna pwn.

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#34 bazmagoo
September 18 2011, 12:30PM
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I'd be pretty surprised if RNH didn't get his 9 NHL games to earn his spot this year, and to be honest I'm starting to think he will stick with the team. Just a hunch, he'll be slotted on the 2nd line in my opinion. But then again my opinion tends to change every day, haha.

Lander is going to be a great part of our future but I still think he needs to earn his stripes in the minors for a bit, playing in Sweden is still no where near as physical as the North American game. It worked wonders for Omark, it will do the same for Lander. Getting 1st or 2nd line minutes in OKC will help his development. Plus we've still got Brule to consider as well, his contract isn't going anywhere until the end of the year.

It's going to be great to have 4 solid centres this year! Wow, can't believe I'm actually able to say that.

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#35 Dog Train
September 18 2011, 12:37PM
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I am cheering for Team White. Smytty, Eberle and Harski on the same team means they'll win.

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#36 OilerLand
September 18 2011, 12:53PM
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I have officially changed my mind. Team white will win. in a shootout.

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#38 justincider
September 18 2011, 01:03PM
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Lowetide wrote:

Meh. They throw Hemsky in under TBA and things equal out in a quick hurry.

With all due respect, thats not happening.

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#39 pelhem grenville
September 18 2011, 01:40PM
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LT admits...

"...I'm old and can't remember the last time..."

and what did she say?

Joey Moss, a great man, bleeds Copper&Blue AND Green & Gold...and he taught Paul Lorieau everything he knows about singing an anthem

GO JOEY GO !!!

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#40 gravis82
September 18 2011, 01:41PM
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whats the word on Hamilton?

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#41 The Beaker
September 18 2011, 01:49PM
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gravis82 wrote:

whats the word on Hamilton?

Bird.

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#42 gravis82
September 18 2011, 01:57PM
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The Beaker wrote:

Bird.

Yes. I am not following that. But in any case, I assume injured. Hopefully nothing serious. Didn't he have injury problems in his draft year? Or was that Pitlick. Maybe all our draft picks were injured...that's more like it.

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#43 OILERSORDEATH
September 18 2011, 02:02PM
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a bird, bird, bird is the word they say bird bird bird a bird is the word.

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#44 pelhem grenville
September 18 2011, 02:03PM
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...oh my is that the start of a MULLET on #4

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#45 Oilertown
September 18 2011, 02:03PM
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Does anyone know if I can stream the game again after game is over, not home right now and would like to see it

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#46 gravis82
September 18 2011, 02:06PM
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OMFG (..sorry mom). The road whites are SICK!!!!

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#47 RyanCoke
September 18 2011, 02:08PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Team White is going to crush team blue! who picked these teams!lol

I agree... Team white looks a little stacked doesn't it. This isn't gonna be fair at all.

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#48 pelhem grenville
September 18 2011, 02:21PM
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... ryan martindale wears 66 ?

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#49 nofool6110
September 18 2011, 02:27PM
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LOLOL Team Blue with a stab to all you haterz GO UNDERDOGS!!!!

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#50 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
September 18 2011, 02:38PM
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Great job to Joey

Taylor, get a haircut please

Thank God hockey's back

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