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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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Dave Tippett: “There was a lot of growth within our group”

Yesterday, Edmonton Oilers head coach, Dave Tippett, jumped on a conference call with reporters to talk a little bit about the growth he saw in his team this season, the new guys picked up at the trade deadline, and what to expect from his boys if the NHL is able to safely resume play.

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Recapping the conversation between Pacific Division captains

On Friday afternoon, four of the Pacific Division captains (Connor McDavid, Mark Giordano, Bo Horvat, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson) sat down for a conference call about everything from the state of the league, to playoffs, to what they’re doing at home in quarantine and I wanted to put together a quick recap on some of the…

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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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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…

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Oilers President of Business Operations Tom Anselmi speaks to the media

With the NHL season being suspended for the foreseeable future, there are plenty of questions regarding what’s going to happen with the team, its players, and all of the arena staff that are now out of work as a result of the pandemic. This morning, President of Business Operations, Tom Anselmi, spoke to the media…

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Sam Gagner Says Goodbye

Last week, the Oilers traded Sam Gagner and two second round draft picks to Detroit for pending RFA winger Andreas Athanasiou. Edmonton was selected Gagner sixth overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft and he became the youngest player in Oilers history to play in an NHL game. Gagner was 18 years and 55 days…

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Captain Canada Goes into IIHF Hall of Fame

Earlier this week the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced that Ryan Smyth will be inducted into their Hall of Fame this year. Smyth won gold at the 1995 World Junior Championships, then played eight times at the World Championships, winning gold in 2003 and 2004 and silver in 2005, won gold at the World…

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Connor McDavid: Whatever it Takes

“I felt my leg slam into the metal post and thought it was in two pieces. I was terrified to stand up…wondering if my career may be over.” – Connor McDavid Connor McDavid: Whatever it Takes follows the most physically and emotionally challenging offseason of Connor McDavid’s career. This documentary is the remarkable comeback story…