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The NHL Will Be Different When It Returns

“We fear the unknown because we can’t anticipate the outcome,” – Anonymous. Change, while painful, can be good, and I think the NHL is primed for change when it returns. Whenever the NHL resumes play, it will likely be without fans in the stands to start. And when fans are allowed to return to arenas…

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Part Five: 1997 Oilers/Stars Series with Doug Weight

Doug Weight was the Oilers’ best player for much of his eight seasons in Edmonton. From 1993/1994 to 2000/2001 Weight was the leading offensive catalyst by a large margin. He scored 155 goals and 569 points in 575 games. Ryan Smyth was second in scoring with 133 goals and 260 points in 433 games. Weight…

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Comparing Two Golf Greats….

The PGA is hoping to return to action in June without fans, and with the snow finally melting in Alberta many of you are hoping you will be able to relief some stress (or possibly add more depending how your game goes), and hit the links soon. Currently, the Alberta government has deemed golf a…

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One Month In: How Are You Doing?

This past Sunday marked one month since we last watched a live NHL game. I’m not sure any of us knew how much our lives and our sporting passions would be altered. On March 12th, the NHL announced it was suspending play. It was the first step in a major change in society. Now social…

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Rest in Peace Colby Cave

Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave passed away early this morning. He was 25. His wife Emily released a statement through the Edmonton Oilers.

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Part Four: 1997 Oilers/Stars Series with Richard Matvichuk

We continue our look back at the 1997 Edmonton Oilers vs Dallas Stars first round playoff series today with Stars defenceman Richard Matvichuk. He grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and playing against his hometown team was a thrill. Matvichuk was a rugged, stay-at-home D-man who played against the Oilers’ top players. He and Ryan Smyth…

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Part Three: The 1997 Oilers/Stars Series with Drew Bannister

We continue our look back at the 1997 Edmonton Oilers vs Dallas Stars first round playoff series today with Oilers defenceman Drew Bannister. He was acquired at the trade deadline, but only played one game prior to the playoffs. He was one of the very young blueliners the Oilers used this series to upset the…

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10 in 1: Life Without Sports, Bad Timing and More

It has been 20 days since the last pro sports game was played. There were five NHL games on March 11th. Four NBA games were played and two were cancelled. It seems like yesterday that I was sitting in the press box when I read the NBA had postponed the game between the Utah Jazz…

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The NHL Edmonton Oilers Were Born 41 years Ago Today

On March 30th, 1979 the NHL announced it would be adding four teams from the World Hockey Association (WHA) and expand from 17 teams to 21. The Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers and Edmonton Oilers became expansion teams. They paid a $6 million expansion fee.

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Part Two: The 1997 Oilers/Stars Series with Ken Hitchcock

We continue our series on the 1997 playoff series with Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock. This was Hitchcock’s first full season as head coach of the Stars. He coached 43 games the previous season after replacing Bob Gainey. Dallas finished second in the NHL in 1997 with 104 points. They were a veteran team…

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NHL Could Have Two Draft Lotteries

The NHL draft lottery was tentatively set to take place on April 9th, but Covid 19 has put everything on hold. On Monday, the NHL sent out a release where they answered some questions about the future of the league. Their response about next season made me think any continuation of the 2019/2020 regular season…

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Part One: The 1997 Oilers/Stars Series with Kelly Buchberger

Over the next few weeks, I will have a series of interviews from players and coaches from both the 1997 Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars discussing their thrilling seven-game series. Between 1993-1996 the Oilers were one of the worst teams in the NHL winning 98 of their 298 games over a four year span. Only…