The hockey world has been buzzing since the NHL entry draft. Connor McDavid was selected 1st overall by the Oilers and is expected to become an immediate addition to the team. McDavid has been called a once in a generation talent and the Oilers have taken positive steps to improve the team after years of disappointing results. The team has a new general manager Peter Chiarelli, and head coach Todd McLellan who coached the San Jose Sharks for many successful years.
The team is considered to be a top contender in the years to come as Connor McDavid is joining a seasoned roster headed by Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, and Nail Yakupov.
Edmonton Oilers tickets will be much harder to come by this year, as many fans will be wanting to watch the 1st overall pick in action.
Edmonton Oilers are solely owned by Daryl Katz, a businessman with interest in the pharmaceutical world. He also is the chairman of the Rexall Sports Corporation. Daryl bought Oilers from an Edmonton Investor Group. He has helped push for a new arena deal which will open downtown in 2016. The arena will be called Rogers Place.
A Bit of Oilers History
The Edmonton Oilers played their first game as a team in 1972, as a part of the World Hockey Association (WHA). After one season as the Alberta Oilers, the team changed their name to the Edmonton Oilers, and started making a name for themselves. The Oilers joined the NHL in 1979 and hence began one of the most successful decades of any hockey team. The Edmonton Oilers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals 6 times in the 1980s, winning the Cup 5 times in that period and winning over the hearts of fans everywhere. Tickets to Oilers games became a hot commodity, and the team made headlines across North America.
One of the tickets to the Edmonton Oilers’ success was their teammate Wayne Gretzky, argued by many to be the greatest hockey player of all time. The Oilers were Gretzky’s first NHL team, after a short stint with WHA team the Indianapolis Racers. Gretzky was only 17 when he joined the Edmonton Oilers, and he stayed with the team for nine years. He helped lead the Oilers to 4 of their 5 Stanley Cup championships in the 1980’s before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Gretzky also played for the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers before retiring in 1999, although he never lost his title as Canadian hockey legend in the eyes of fans across Canada.
Shortly after Gretzky left the team in 1988, the Edmonton Oilers’ success declined, as did fan support and ticket sales. The team didn’t return to the NHL playoffs until their 1996-97 season, an accomplishment due at least in part to goaltender Curtis Joseph. Despite this rise in success, the Oilers struggled to reclaim their former glory until they captivated fans in their 2005-06 season and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Despite being defeated in game 7 by the Carolina Hurricanes, the Oilers proved once again that they were a force to be reckoned with. The Edmonton Oilers have since been a team that fans love to follow; they have all of Canada watching, anticipating their next big break!
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