Edmonton Oil Kings set to raise curtain — and two new banners! — on 2014-15 WHL season

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-20

The Edmonton Oil Kings take to the ice at Rexall Place tonight to kick off the 2014-15 season against their old rivals the Kootenay Ice. Game time is 7 p.m., and this is one game fans will want to arrive on time, as proceedings will kick off with a double banner-raising. For the first time, a Memorial Cup banner and Western Hockey League championship banner will be raised in tandem. That’s because the Dub didn’t even exist back when Al Hamilton’s Oil Kings beat Bobby Orr’s Oshawa Generals to win their last national title back in 1966. The junior loop got its own start that fall. A lot of water has gone under the High Level Bridge from that day to this. The original Oi

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WHO ARE YOU?

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-09-20

In the late 1970′s, the Montreal Expos were a strong team in the NL East. The powerhouse in the division (Pittsburgh Pirates) were aging but still formidable, and the surging Phillies boasted an outstanding group of regulars and two all-time greats (Mike Schmidt and Steve Carleton). The Expos went from horrawful in 1975 to strong contenders just a few short years later. In 1979, they lost the division to the Pirates by 2 games and the following year finished 1 game back of the Phillies. Both Pennsylvania teams would go on to win a World Series championship. In 1981, the strike season, Montreal won the division in a playoff with the Phillies, before losing in a heartbreaking LCS to the

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#18 - Marco Roy

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-20

The player formerly known as Marc-Olivier drops another couple spots. For me, the toughest part of the Oilers' Top 25 Under 25 to care about are the rankings in the high teens. At this point we've moved past the wouldn't-it-be-fun-if-they-made-it long shots, but we haven't yet reached that group of prospects who are knocking on the door. This is the mushy middle of the Top 25 where the prospects who are falling out of favour tend to land. Players like Marco Roy  for example. After being ranked at #15 following the 2013 draft, Roy slipped to the 16th spot last spring, and now finds himself a little farther down the list again checking in at #18. Alan Ben Bruce Curtis DB Derek

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LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-09-20

Even the most avid hockey fan loses the script when it comes to prospects and injuries. A player is drafted, and we track the stats but forget the injuries. The cumulative effect of those injuries often means a top prospect is not what he was supposed to be five years on. We remember Marc Pouliot as a failed prospect, but do we remember all of the injuries and lost games in those vital development years? I suspect the answer is no. As the fall arrives and Tyler Pitlick looks to make the NHL for good, it's worth remembering the injuries, and discussing their impact.

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MacKinnon: Fayne brings defensive responsibility to Oilers

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Mark Fayne is meant to be part of the solution on defence for the Edmonton Oilers, and he certainly brings an enticing resume to the job description. The 27-year-old defender spent four years at Providence College before joining the defence-first New Jersey Devils in 2010-11 and was tutored by the likes of Larry Robinson, Jacques Lemaire and Scott Stevens, Hall of Famers every one.

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Petry shoulder injury considered a ‘tweak’

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Defenceman Jeff Petry left the first scrimmage of the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp with a shoulder injury that wasn’t framed as serious after the proceedings wrapped up on Friday. “He tweaked his shoulder. We don’t think it’s anything huge,” said head coach Dallas Eakins.

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Westgarth always has to fight for a place on team

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

Kevin Westgarth has dropped the mitts 111 times, so he rolls with the punches, but it’s interesting that he’s at the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp on a tryout after he was nailed by fellow beat cop Luke Gazdic at Rexall Place on March 1. When someone suggested that he was caught with a lucky punch, Westgarth laughed.

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Oilers hit camp talking about what it takes to be successful, even mention the 'P' word

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-20

Dare to dream?

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Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ready to go head to head with, and beat, bigger opponents [Photos]

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2014-09-20

They won’t exactly be throwing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the wolves this season — just to the monsters.

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Battle for position takes “centre” stage as Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rexall Place

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-09-20

The main candidates to fill as many as three spots down the middle for the Edmonton Oilers were on display to a couple of thousand curious onlookers down at Rexall Place on Friday, when Team Messier took on Team Kurri in what looked an awful lot like the old Blue-White game. With just over 60 players in camp, the Oilers have divided into three complete 20-man teams, with an extra d-man or goalie sprinkled in. This morning it was Team Gretzky’s turn to take the early (08:30) practice while the other two squads played each other in something resembling a real game, albeit one that started an hour later than the 10:00 “come all ye” publicized by the club. I’m pretty sure

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Nugent-Hopkins ready to take charge on ice

Source: Edmonton Journal - Oil Country
Date: 2014-09-20

There’s a sureness that wasn’t there last fall when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stepped onto the ice for the Edmonton Oilers. But after an off-season uninterrupted by shoulder rehabilitation, he’s stronger physically, as well as mentally, which is why the Oilers’ first-line centre is certain he can elevate his game.

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David Leroux's Homage To Calvin & Hobbes, In Mask Form

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2014-09-20

This would be really useful in Calvinball. Via the Calvin & Hobbes subreddit comes this fantastic goaltender mask picturing a grown up Hobbes and Spaceman Spiff on the back.  I think a shot of The Hideous Blob on the back with Spiff would be even better, but this mask it great as is. The mask was painted by David Leroux of Diel Airbrush and his work was so compelling that I browsed through his entire gallery. Aside from Calvin & Hobbes, my favorites are Chris Le's Oilers mask, Ilia Ejov's (St. Petersburg-KHL) Sonic the Hedgehog mask and Niklas Treutle's (Hamburg-DHL) Popeye-Pinup-Turtle mask.  The number masks produced for private collectors was a surprise, especially since artwork

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