Oilers Overcome by Blackhawks Veterans in Series Loss
The Chicago Blackhawks proved the old adage once again that anything can and often does happen during the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. They eliminated the high-octane better-ranked Edmonton Oilers in four games. The Blackhawks also proved that the veteran presence of recent Stanley Cup champions Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Corey Crawford is […]
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Oilers Behind 8-Ball as Blackhawks Eke Out 4-3 Win
On April 30, 1986, on Steve Smith’s 23rd birthday, the Edmonton Oilers’ defenseman scored an own goal during Game 7 of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was a backbreaker against a lower-ranked Calgary Flames team. Smith put the puck off goaltender Grant Fuhr from the side of the net. The goal […]
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NHL Outplays the NBA and MLB in Restart
To paraphrase the great Mark Messier, “I played with a lot of great players. They are all the same. They take a lot of responsibility for their own play and put tremendous pressure on themselves to perform at the highest level; such is hockey. It’s a great game.” The National Hockey League (NHL) is taking […]
McDavid Leads Oilers to Bounce Back Win with a Hat Trick
Hockey fans in Western Canada can ask rhetorically, “are you not entertained?” as the Edmonton Oilers bounced back big-time during Game 2 of their qualification-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Oilers were ready for Game 2, led by an extremely serious Connor McDavid. During McDavid’s second intermission interview, he answered the final question and […]
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Dumba Speaks for NHL and Hockey Diversity Alliance Before Oilers-Blackhawks Game
The puck dropped Saturday in Edmonton’s Rogers Place and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena for the pandemic-delayed 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. There is an unusual air to the games without live audiences and with social distancing protocols in place. And amidst all of that, there is also the peaceful but very present uprising against social and racial […]
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Oilers Have Poor Defense, Rust to Shake, and Stars Shut Down in Game 1
The Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks faced off for Game 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday under anything but ordinary conditions. Firstly, there was a heat warning issued by Environment Canada for the Alberta capital and some area records may have been met or broken. Edmonton typically hosts hockey games at […]
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NHL Popularity Is Poised to Grow
COVID-19 notwithstanding, the National Hockey League (NHL) may now be poised to experience renewed growth in popularity. With the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights and their stunning debut season in 2017 as well as the Seattle Kraken coming in 2021, pretty much every major market on the continent is represented. Also, there are few […]
Edmonton Oilers Appear Ready for a Stanley Cup Run
The Edmonton Oilers’ exhibition game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night was an opportunity for coaching staff to take stock of where their team is fitness-wise and measure the level of maturity. One specific player they were likely watching closely was defenseman Philip Broberg, a rookie from Sweden who wasn’t supposed to make it […]
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Oilers Camp Notes: McDavid Flying and Broberg Impressing
The Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs have opened their safe zones for NHL play to resume for the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Odd things have happened in the NHL over the years, but the social distancing protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic take the cake. Let the festivities commence. Camp Didn’t Seem Possible […]
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Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Kraken: The Next Great NHL Rivalry
National Hockey League rivalries can be intense, highly entertaining and will fester and smoulder for decades, only to be freshly renewed during the postseason; the proverbial pulling the scab off an old wound. Until now, the cities of Seattle and Vancouver have had a kinship that dates back more than a century. They are unofficial […]
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Kraken Should Have Their Eyes on This Oiler
After 55 years of expansions, the National Hockey League will have grown from the Original Six teams to 32 clubs by the time the 2021-22 season begins. The league finally got the process right by the time they welcomed in the Vegas Golden Knights (2016-17). The new team immediately had success and went as far […]
NHL and NHLPA Should Be More Open About Player Health
Professional sports and especially the National Hockey League (NHL) have long done what they can to not disclose player health to the media. Individual team staff and players have also kept tight-lipped to protect potentially injured players. For example, when disclosing a specific injury, it is feared that the information will expose that player to […]
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Indigenous Sports Logo Debates Aren’t All the Same
Currently, many professional and amateur sports franchises that are named after North American indigenous groups are under growing pressure to change their brand association away from what is now considered racist symbolism. On July 3, 2020, ownership of the National Football League’s (NFL) Washington Redskins franchise acquiesced to pressure from major sponsors like FedEx, Nike […]
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NHL’s 2004-05 Lockout Still Affecting League
Current discourse about the National Hockey League’s quality of play waxes among those who feel that league talent is at an all-time high, while some suggest that given-so, that talent plays perhaps too mechanical; too system-oriented. “Too much parity,” some will suggest. One thing most agree on now, more than ever, is when any team […]
Oilers Phase 3 Camp Roster: Top 4 Prospects
The third phase of the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp will start either July 10 as scheduled or July 13 as rumoured. The roster is now publicly available, thanks to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal (see below; from ‘Ethan Bear and Patrick Russell join Edmonton Oilers voluntary skate,’ Edmonton Sun, 06/29/2020). The list is down […]
Oilers’ Broberg Invited to Training Camp But Faces Stiff Competition
The latest in Edmonton Oilers’ player development is about the plan to invite defenseman Philip Broberg to Phase 3 of their training camp, according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Sun. The first-round pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft will be brought in so that the Swede will become acquainted with Oilers business, management […]
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