I miss you Dad

Jason Gregor
September 29 2016 09:03AM

On my 14th birthday my father drove me into Edmonton for my learner’s test. I passed and when we walked to the car he tossed me the keys. I couldn’t believe it. I’d never driven in the city, I’d only practiced on the tractor at the farm. “You got your learners for a reason,” he said with a smile and if he was nervous when we pulled away he never showed it. I still remember the route we took back to the farm that day. We stopped at the A&W on 82 avenue just east of 75th street. It is no longer there, but every time I drive by it I think of him.

Two years later, I turned 16 and my father rode with me into Edmonton, me behind the wheel, so I could take my driving test. I passed and when we walked out to the parking lot, me grinning like a Cheshire cat, he patted my shoulder and said, “Good job” with a big grin on his face.

When you live on a farm getting your license is a big deal. It is a massive dose of independence because you drive to hockey practice alone, or to high school or you pick up your younger sister. Up until his death my father was always around for big moments in my life.

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Robin Brownlee
September 29 2016 07:00AM

There isn’t a single player on this list of Top 100 Oilers who was more of a longshot to play 1,000 games in the NHL than Mike Grier, and there hasn’t been anybody who did it with more professionalism and class during his time in Edmonton than the guy teammates called Rosey, the Big Train from Detroit, did.

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September 28 2016 07:24PM

The Edmonton Oilers sent out Patrick Russell this afternoon, the young college winger from St. Cloud State is gone from his first training camp. The scoring winger didn't get much of a look in main camp, while the other college signings (Drake Caggiula, Matt Benning, Nick Ellis) are still here. Why the disconnect?

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Todd McLellan takes an axe to the Oilers' training camp roster

Jonathan Willis
September 28 2016 04:20PM

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Once again, Todd McLellan is making it clear that he isn't remotely inclined to take his time with training camp decisions. Just one day after the Oilers knocked seven names off their roster, McLellan axed an additional eight players from consideration. 

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GDB -6.0: Canuck Hunting

Jason Gregor
September 28 2016 01:20PM

Yesterday at practice Todd McLellan split the Oilers into two groups. The first one consisted of players they felt were destined for the AHL, while the second group had those vying for a spot on the Oilers. Tonight could be the last opportunity for those in the AHL group to grab McLellan's attention and keep them in the Oilers conversation.

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