While it has been a while since they had any sustained success, the Edmonton Oilers have one of the richest histories of winning in the NHL. To honor that history, the team has decided to establish the Edmonton Oilers Hall of Fame, which will include all ten members that currently have their banners in the rafters of Rogers Place and two new inductees to be announced later this month.
The first ten members are Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Glen Sather, and Rod Phillips. The 2022 inductees will be announced on September 20 and were selected by a committee that includes Wayne Gretzky, Ron Low, Louie DeBrusk, Chris Joseph, and Bruce MacGregor, along with media members Jim Matheson, Terry Jones, Bob Stauffer, and Jason Gregor, and community members Chief Wilton Littlechild and Shannon Szabados. Players nominated for the honor must be retired for at least five seasons.
- While there is plenty of positive momentum for a new arena closer to downtown Ottawa, Senators executive Anthony LeBlanc told media members including Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia today that there is still 18 months of due diligence to be done. The excitement around the team is building, however, with season tickets increasing as much as 60 percent already, according to LeBlanc. The Senators had an impressive offseason, which included the additions of Claude Giroux, Alex DeBrincat, and Cam Talbot to a young squad.
- Eleven years ago today, a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashed, killing 43. Members from different generations of hockey were lost that day. Among them was 18-year-old Maxim Shuvalov, just starting his professional career, and 52-year-old Brad McCrimmon, a Stanley Cup champion and new head coach. More than a decade later, their absence is still felt in the hockey world.
Huh. But not including Wild Bill Hunter, without whom? Feh.
Who are they going to put in? Smyth, Weight? Andy Moog?
Andy Moog was my favourite Oilers player.