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WATCH: Former Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom helps rile up the crowd at Rogers Place

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Photo credit:Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Mazzei
18 days ago
Despite having not played an NHL game in nearly four years, Oscar Klefbom still found a way to make a big impact on the Oilers by sharing a video that the team used to help pump up the crowd inside Rogers Place.
It’s safe to say that the reception it got from those in attendance and those watching from home was exactly what the doctor ordered. The fact that the Oilers followed it up by scoring two quick goals to take control of Game 4 is something special and goes to show just how beloved the Swedish defender is in this city.
Seeing Klefbom interacting more with the fans in recent weeks is great to see given all that he has had to deal with in terms of of chronic shoulder pains throughout his playing career. While he was able to get successful surgery done to relieve the ailment back in 2021, he later admitted following the procedure that he was unsure if it would be enough to resume playing in the NHL. Judging by the fact that he has yet to play a game of professional hockey in any league since August 7th, 2020, it is fair to assume that his playing days are likely over.
Even though Klefbom’s body prematurely robbed him of more time in the best league in the world, he has had the right attitude about it and moments such as the video he filmed to be played at Rogers Place are proof of that. He may not have had an impact on the ice last night, but he was still able to get the fans riled up during a critical juncture of the game.
Originally drafted 19th overall by Edmonton in 2011, the Swedish defenceman went on to play in 378 career games and posted 156 points (34 goals and 122 assists) in that span. Klefbom also appeared in 16 career playoff games where he recorded seven points (two goals and five assists) for his efforts.
He and the rest of the Oilers faithful will watch on in anticipation as the team looks ahead to a critical Game 5 Friday. Catch the action on Sportsnet and CBC with puck drop set for 6:30 p.m. MDT.

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