The GDB will go from bottom to top today.

It is the final day of "Helping Others" on my show, and so far we have raised $44,350 for various charities that really need our help. It has been an awesome 14 shows and we are hoping to get close to $50,000 today.

I’m not sure we saved the best for last, in fact I’m certain we didn’t, but we might have saved the most fun for last. Today’s package will allow six of you the opportunity to ask Jason Strudwick why he couldn’t hit the high notes at 1:55 of this epic video, and if Marc Staal said more than 15 words during the shooting of the video.

DAY 15

Ouf final package will be a fun-filled evening.

  • Dinner for 10 at Vivo Ristorante, one of Edmonton’s best new restaurants. It will be in their private room and will include all of your food and beverages. The winning bid, him/her, will be bring along five friends, and the other four chairs will be myself, Jason Strudwick and two of his recent former teammates. It will be a secret who shows up, but recent is a pretty big hint. You will be picked up at home and returned safely after the evening by our friends at Budget Car and Truck Rental.

    Strudwick and I had a similar dinner, but smaller, last year and it was great. I can guarantee you will hear some great stories, many of them "off the record" and there is a good chance this will turn into an all-night affair.

  • You will also receive Strudwick’s signed jersey from Sweden this year. I can guarantee you that will be a limited-edition jersey.

Bidding will start at 2 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. Strudwick will join me on air from Sweden today to  give you an idea of what type of stories, jokes, chirps you will experience if you win. You can call 780.426.8326 to make a bid or email

Thanks again for your generosity.


GAME DAY PREDICTION: On November 25th the Oilers ended a lengthy losing streak in Minnesota with a convincing 5-2 victory. They’ve only won two of eleven games since, but they will give you an early Christmas present tonight; A win. They will end their five game home-losing streak to the Wild with a solid 4-2 effort.

OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Nugent-Hopkins will score a goal. He’s gone five games without a goal, 2nd time this season, and he’ll light the lamp in the first period.

NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: With ten minutes left to go the crowd will start to chant, "Gary, Gary, Gary," in honour of commissioner Bettman when they realize this is the last time they will be subjected to watching the Minnesota Wild three times a year at Rexall Place.


"He is doubtful. I talked to him after the morning skate and he isn’t feeling very well. We’ll see how he feels after his nap, but right now he’s doubtful," said Tom Renney regarding the health of Ales Hemsky. Either Sam Gagner or Lennart Petrell will skate with Horcoff and Smyth, with Renney suggesting Gagner is more suited for that spot.

If Hemksy plays then Petrell will sit, as Renney wants Ben Eager and Darcy Hordichuk against the Wild.

The Wild have lost five straight (two in SO) after winning 12 of their previous 14. They are banged up. Latendresse, Setoguchi and Koivu didn’t play on in Calgary on Tuesday, but Koivu did skate this morning. Either way this is a game the Oilers need to win.

After Christmas they have a cross-coutnry seven-game road trip to Vancouver, Minny, NYI, Chicago, Buffalo, St. Louis and Dallas. If the Oilers don’t win tonight, they could find themselves completely out of the race when they return to Rexall on January 11th.


I asked an unnamed Oiler about his thoughts on the Kronwall hit last night and if he thought it was cheap?

Unnamed Oiler: I didn’t see it.

Me: He crushed Kesler

Oiler: It was on Kesler, well then I liked it and it was clean.

It is nice to see there is still a healthy rivalry in the Oiler room v. the Canucks. We don’t see or hear that often enough.

  • Talbot17

    You did a great job for 2011, boys (the website, not necessarily the Oilers)!

    As for tonight’s game, my votes are:

    GDP: 3-2(SO) Oilers win it on the shootout. Eberle wins it on a laser, glove hand high.

    OGDP: The Oil will win this one (or lose it) purely on the strength of their PP.

    NSOGDP: Hemsky cuddles up with his favorite blankie and sleeps in past game time. He wakes up during the third period with the game on in the background and says, “Mommy, I had the weirdest dream that I played on a last place NHL hockey team.” And his butler replies: “Sir, I’m not your Mommy but if you keep in this slump, you will soon be on a last place NHL team… at least until the trade deadline.”

  • Bandwagon jumper

    Great job on the fund raising Jason. I’m not sure if this last package will raise as much money as others, but I’d suspect it will be one of the most Entertaining packages.

    And I love this…
    Oiler: It was on Kesler, well then I liked it and it was clean.

    • Jason Gregor

      Dinner with 3 Edmonton Oilers for the entire night gets many guys excited…We are at $3,500 already…I’ve auctioned off packages like this before…

  • Al Davis

    That was the worst singing performance I have ever heard in my life. Struds should have at least pretended he was hammered so he had an excuse.

    The mustache sounded great though.

  • Gotta give Struds credit for letting himself be filmed under those circumstances. Needs to work on his singing in Sweden! Hilarious moustache too! That better be from movember.

    We need a big win from the Oil tonight! Don’t get caught playing Minny’s crappy, crappy game.

    Kessler deserved that hit even if Kronwall did leave his feet. At least it wasn’t a head shot or boarding. Plus, Kessler kneed Zetterberg at one point in the game.

  • Talbot17


  • A-Mc

    I’m going to the game tonight so the Oil better show up.

    GDP: Oil win 3-2.

    OGDP: Continuing with the trend, Eberle and Nuge will tally atleast 1 point each. Hall scores tonight.

    NSOGDP: Jonesy takes advantage of a lethargic Wild team, and he almost scores a Hatty! The post game chatter in the locker room wasn’t about the kids, it was all about Jones.

    “How does he do that crap? he’s not supposed to score goals like this. Is it the Shoes!?”

    “It’s the flow”

      • Spaghetti - Team Facalto

        OMG Hordy and Eager play, somebody’s gonna die.

        Hopefully it won’t be Lander, because playing with Hordy and Eager it’s like playing along side a lion and a tiger, they don’t care who you are they just want to ” if you seek a ” somebody up.

  • Ninjai

    I’m betting the unnamed Oiler was Smid but I’m completely certain. If the hit was on Burrows then it’s guaranteed to be Smid. Great clean hit by Kronwall.

    Merry Christmas to all and to all an Oiler Win!

    Edit: Forgot the most important part, Thank You Gregor and all for helping the less fortunate during this holiday season.