MEMORIAL CUP SUNDAY!

Lowetide
May 25 2014 08:58AM

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The Edmonton Oil Kings have been a part of our community for a long, long time. This year's team won their second WHL championship in three seasons, and, today, have a chance to shake hands with history, just like the Oil Kings of 1963.

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When most of the men who played on the 1963 Oil Kings were growing up, it was a very different city than the one we live in today. “Your friendly city” included a rabid hockey crowd, fans who were able to enjoy outstanding talent (Norm Ullman and Johnny Bucyk among them) before they moved on to NHL stardom in the original six. The Edmonton Oil Kings of 1963 were a talented, battle hardened group (the Oil Kings played in a “senior league” despite their young age) who won it all for the city of Edmonton in May of ’63.

Many of those young men went on to pro hockey—the NHL, the WHA, the AHL and some of the craziest leagues in creation, Slap Shot come to life. The story of those Oil Kings teams could fill several books, if you ever get a chance to talk to Gregg Pilling, or Pat Quinn, or Bert Marshall, Glen Sather or Bob Falkenberg, make sure you do. It was a different, wonderful time.

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This is the bunch I remember well, the Phil Russell, Don Kozak, Darcy Rota, Tom Bladon bunch. Holy hell that was a tough league back then, that's my one memory that sustains. Today's WHL is tough too, don't get me wrong, but those years were a little angrier than the league is today. I miss those players—Rota was terrific, and man we could use Phil Russell—but have fallen head over heels for this bunch and today they can win it all. 

CHAMPIONS!

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They won it all, the WHL championship, against an insane Portland Winter Hawks team earlier in the month. It seems like yesterday, and yet these young men have worked so hard this week to get into the national championship game.

THE MEMORIAL CUP ROSTER


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Godspeed, men. This is for all-time, for history, for your history. We're with you all the way.

GO OIL KINGS!!!!

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#51 Butters
May 25 2014, 06:32PM
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OilDieHard wrote:

just taking a little jab at Katz. :-) and yes, jonny94, I have a feeling had he lived, that the Oilers would have had a mentally tough and hard working player in the system, shame. :-(

Gotcha, jab away.

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#52 The_Tik
May 25 2014, 07:11PM
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Another team with an Oilers connection playing today as well. Bakersfield Condors are playing game 5 in the ECHL Western Conference Finals against Alaska. Game is just starting and can be watched online at goATD.net (http://88.80.11.29/). Would be nice to see them pull it out as well.

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#53 Kev
May 25 2014, 07:22PM
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D. Tokarski looks like his is 1 goal away from the flood gates opening.

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#54 Spydyr
May 25 2014, 08:16PM
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Kev wrote:

D. Tokarski looks like his is 1 goal away from the flood gates opening.

No worries they have Dubnyk in reserve.....oh wait.

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#55 SlowTalker
May 25 2014, 08:27PM
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Is it raining on the left coast tonight? Well cheer up because a team from the west has made us all proud!

And again I see the scuff's can't congratulate the Oil Kings without taking a jab at the Oilers.

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#56 dougtheslug
May 25 2014, 08:29PM
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Incredibly enjoyable and satisfying to watch this team playing their hearts out and winning against the odds.

Moroz scoring the winner and pointing to the skies, Pelss' countryman Kulda the surprise winner of the Memorial Cup MVP -it seemed like Hollywood scriptwriters were writing this stuff.

Magnificent achievement boys. Well done!

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#57 Quicksilver ballet
May 25 2014, 09:44PM
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Interesting kid that Kulda.

Is he up for grabs next month? Where does he rank?

Like to know more about that kid. Could he be on the board when the Oilers make their midish rounds selections?

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#58 Sam
May 25 2014, 09:52PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Interesting kid that Kulda.

Is he up for grabs next month? Where does he rank?

Like to know more about that kid. Could he be on the board when the Oilers make their midish rounds selections?

http://www.inlouwetrust.com/2014/5/25/5743116/edgars-kulda-2014-nhl-draft-prospect-profile

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#59 Deauxma
May 25 2014, 09:58PM
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A hockey team from edmonton won somthing??? Maybe we should put them in oiler unis

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#60 Jeffff
May 25 2014, 10:00PM
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Deauxma wrote:

A hockey team from edmonton won somthing??? Maybe we should put them in oiler unis

They only won because they had Kings in their name.

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#61 OilDieHard
May 25 2014, 10:06PM
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^now now, don't be jealous! ;-)

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#62 Pouzar99
May 25 2014, 10:12PM
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Gotta love these guys. I followed them through the playoffs, started going to the games in the Medicine Hat series and didn't miss any after that, at Rexall or on TV. Great VFM at Rexall and they turned into a team of destiny. Every time we thought they were done they found a way to keep going and in the final two periods today they took all of Guelph's space away, hemmed them in, frustrated them and put on a hockey clinic. Jarry got hot when we needed him to, and Samuelson, Kulda and Moroz were totally dominant today, as Reinhart was through the entire post season. If there's a parade I'm going, rain or shine. These guys have earned our love. And more, much more than this, they did it their way.

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#63 Pouzar99
May 25 2014, 10:12PM
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Gotta love these guys. I followed them through the playoffs, started going to the games in the Medicine Hat series and didn't miss any after that, at Rexall or on TV. Great VFM at Rexall and they turned into a team of destiny. Every time we thought they were done they found a way to keep going and in the final two periods today they took all of Guelph's space away, hemmed them in, frustrated them and put on a hockey clinic. Jarry got hot when we needed him to, and Samuelson, Kulda and Moroz were totally dominant today, as Reinhart was through the entire post season. If there's a parade I'm going, rain or shine. These guys have earned our love. And more, much more than this, they did it their way.

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#64 Oilbaron
May 26 2014, 02:04AM
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Have to admit it doesn't get much sweeter than this. Felt like Guelph could take it but these players obviously have the ability to rise to the level of their competition, and a coach who deserves a shot at a higher level.

From Moroz to Lazar to Samuelsson and more, we definitely saw some future NHLers put on a show tonight. Can't say enough about em

As for Kulda I would certainly take a flyer on him in the later rounds if he's still there. Hard working player with pretty good skill who just might surprise with age.

And hey whats with the Oiler fans in Vegas? You all there for the punk rock bowling? Lucky ducks

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#65 Oilbaron
May 26 2014, 02:06AM
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Or today (yesterday if we're splitting hairs) rather. I PVR'd the game so it was tonight for me

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#66 Lowe Expectations
May 26 2014, 07:55AM
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Short and to the point. Congratulations to the Oil Kings on a very well deserved Memorial Cup championship. Damn that sounded sweet.

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#67 Zarny
May 26 2014, 08:50AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Interesting kid that Kulda.

Is he up for grabs next month? Where does he rank?

Like to know more about that kid. Could he be on the board when the Oilers make their midish rounds selections?

Kulda is currently ranked 145th for NA skaters with Central Scouting; no mid-term rank. So if he gets drafted it should be in the 6-7th rounds.

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#68 pkam
May 26 2014, 08:57AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Interesting kid that Kulda.

Is he up for grabs next month? Where does he rank?

Like to know more about that kid. Could he be on the board when the Oilers make their midish rounds selections?

6'0 and 178 lbs, the Oilers management and scouting will be crucified for selecting him unless in the 6th or 7th round.

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#69 OilDieHard
May 26 2014, 09:19AM
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Zarny wrote:

Kulda is currently ranked 145th for NA skaters with Central Scouting; no mid-term rank. So if he gets drafted it should be in the 6-7th rounds.

^there's NO CHANCE Kulda goes in the 6th or 7th round now, he'll likely go higher.

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#70 Spurzey
May 26 2014, 09:36AM
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Butters wrote:

Moroz is starting to remind me of Smytty.

Amazing. My son texted me after the win and said that Moroz will be the next Smytty!

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#71 Quicksilver ballet
May 26 2014, 09:43AM
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Zarny wrote:

Kulda is currently ranked 145th for NA skaters with Central Scouting; no mid-term rank. So if he gets drafted it should be in the 6-7th rounds.

Thanks Zarny.

I'd have no problem with the Oilers using a 3rd or a 4th rounder on him. The goal of the draft is to select elite potential whenever possible. The kid has had an interesting last 14 months for sure.

Could he be the next Nyquist? You know how I like shinny new things. 1 more year in junior and one in the A.

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#72 pkam
May 26 2014, 09:51AM
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OilDieHard wrote:

^there's NO CHANCE Kulda goes in the 6th or 7th round now, he'll likely go higher.

Not likely but not impossible considering Chase was around at 7th round.

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#73 madjam
May 26 2014, 10:51AM
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I think Oilers might try him in 4th round if he is still available . His stock moved markedly up since Memorial Cup .

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#74 Milos
May 26 2014, 11:18AM
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Eulers wrote:

Way to go, Oil Kings! You made your city proud and Kristian Pelss is bouncing on the clouds in heaven.

Also, Henrik Samuelsson is a beast!!

There is no god nor fairy-tale heaven. Please be considerate of others who don't share you beliefs, especially Pelss' family. The majority in his country don't believe in that delusion.

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#75 OilDieHard
May 26 2014, 11:42AM
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pkam wrote:

Not likely but not impossible considering Chase was around at 7th round.

different situation. Chase didn't win the Memorial Cup nor the tourney's MVP. this will likely help him rise in the draft. i still get baffled as to why Chase kept falling, especially when the Oilers had chances to take him earlier but felt Evan Campbell ! was a better choice.

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#76 Tikkanese
May 26 2014, 12:21PM
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Congrats Oil Kings!

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#77 2004Z06
May 26 2014, 01:03PM
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Milos wrote:

There is no god nor fairy-tale heaven. Please be considerate of others who don't share you beliefs, especially Pelss' family. The majority in his country don't believe in that delusion.

Whether you agree or disagree with Eulers beliefs is irrelevant. In this country we have something called freedom of religion and freedom of speech. He has just as much right to express his opinion/belief as you do.

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#78 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 26 2014, 04:52PM
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Here is an excerpt from an article describing games five and six the last time the Oil Kings won the Memorial Cup:

Included on the Edmonton roster were Pat Quinn and Glen Sather.

The Niagra Falls Flyers were led by Bill Goldsworthy, Ron Schock, Gary Dornhoefer, Don Awrey, Terry Crisp.

The Flyers stayed alive on May 9 with a 5-2 victory in front of 6,746 fans. According to The Canadian Press: "Flyers, showing much more drive than they have in any other game this series, took a physical beating from the hard-hitting and sometimes brutal Oil Kings.”

More from CP: "The game almost turned into a donnybrook with less than two minutes to go. Greg Pilling of Oil Kings and defenceman Rich Morin of Flyers crashed against the boards and Morin, on the outside, bounced to the ice. As the play moved up to centre and with the referee watching the puck, Pilling brought his stick down across Morin's head. Morin was taken from the ice on a stretcher and it took five minutes to get play under way again.”

Earlier in the game, Barber had flattened Harmer at centre ice. Harmer was taken to hospital with what was believed to be a fractured right leg. Gardner was excellent again, this time stopping 23 saves. Kirk blocked 19.

Emms, who came west with 19 players (17 skaters and two goaltenders), said before Game 6 that he had 10 players injured in the first five games, including Harmer and Dornhoefer, both of whom had broken legs.

The known injured: Rich Morin, 10-stitch cut to the head; Goldsworthy, torn stomach muscles; Crisp, charleyhorse; Glashan, 12-stitch cut to the chin; Hergott, 10-stitch facial cut; Awrey, concussion, forehead contusions, two black eyes; Gardner, mild concussion; and, Maxner, stretched muscles near the rib cage.

The Oil Kings wrapped it up on May 11, posting a thrilling 4-3 sixth-game victory before more than 6,700 fans.

The crowd swarmed on to the ice at the final siren and lifted Kirk, Quinn and Bourbonnais on to its collective shoulders.

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#79 Zarny
May 27 2014, 09:42AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Thanks Zarny.

I'd have no problem with the Oilers using a 3rd or a 4th rounder on him. The goal of the draft is to select elite potential whenever possible. The kid has had an interesting last 14 months for sure.

Could he be the next Nyquist? You know how I like shinny new things. 1 more year in junior and one in the A.

I certainly would not use a 3rd or 4th round pick on Kulda. He's trending up but he does not have elite potential.

They only draft 210 players; being the 145th ranked NA skater means he may not get drafted at all. The NA skater ranked 145th last year didn't get selected. The NA skater ranked 130th last year didn't go until the 7th round. The 5-6th round would be high for Kulda if he jumps up based on a good playoffs.

As for Nyquist, he was drafted back in 2008 with Stamkos and Eberle while being 5-9 months older than both. As a 23 y/o he managed only 6 pt in 22 games. He didn't have a break out season until he hit his prime at 24. I'm sure he'll be a very good player for the next 5-6 years but he's not elite.

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