Hogtown: The Birth of OilersNation

Lowetide
December 01 2010 06:23PM

They still play the game from time to time on NHL Classics. Wayne Gretzky in Toronto, 1980 spring. Mere months before old hockey men in Hogtown could be heard saying "he wouldn't have made the 1950-51 Leafs at ALL" and there he was on that night in historic Maple Leaf Gardens slicing and dicing. It was a night to remember, and the dawn of Oiler nation. 

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JIM KELLEY: A MESSAGE FOR US

Robin Brownlee
December 01 2010 11:35AM

"I don't ask you to agree with what I write, but I would hope you read it with an open mind, think about what's being said and, hopefully, realize that there is always more than one way to see the game." -- JIM KELLEY.

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GDB 24.0: WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE

Jason Gregor
December 01 2010 11:22AM

This is a shot of the Bell Centre, the new "shrine" of hockey, where 24 Stanley Cup banners and seventeen retired jerseys hang in the rafters (18 if you count Gretzky) as a reminder of their past glory and domination. The Montreal Forum was the cathedral of hockey.

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PIP PIP FOR GERBER

Wanye
November 30 2010 04:15PM

This here guy is Lester Patrick, jauntily referred to as "the Silver Fox" during the 1920s. One night in the 1928 Stanley Cup finals, Patrick was forced to suit up to replace his injured starting goaltender. This was particular note because not only was Patrick a Defenseman, he was also the Coach and GM of the Rangers at the time.  

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Darth Gerber & Sweet, Sweet Victory

Jonathan Willis
November 29 2010 09:55PM

The Oilers win 4-1.  That is all.

Except that it's not all, if you catch my drift.

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