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Oilers close Rexall in style

Former, current players say goodbye to historic venue

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / Columnist

Gretzky, Messier at Rexall Place

VAN@EDM: Messier, Gretzky share final thoughts

4/6/16: Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier talk about their playing days in Edmonton and their legacies as Oiler greats

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EDMONTON -- They arrived at Rexall Place by bus mid-morning on Wednesday, their name-plated Edmonton Oilers jerseys under their arms. Their smiles lit up the place.

Come late afternoon on this historic day, the last of 1,558 NHL Oilers games would be played in this arena, 221 more having preceded it in the team's World Hockey Association incarnation.

The outcome, a resounding 6-2 Oilers victory against the Vancouver Canucks, brought down Rexall's curtain in a good light, fans chanting themselves hoarse as their heroes closed the building with a win and their 2015-16 home schedule at 19-20-2.

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Oilers exit Rexall Place with win against Canucks

Edmonton scores 18 seconds apart in final game at arena

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Rookie forward Connor McDavid helped the Edmonton Oilers win their last NHL game at Rexall Place in the same way Wayne Gretzky helped them win their first.

McDavid had three points (one goal and two assists) in a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in the final game at what's been their home arena since 1974.

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Oilers score twice in 18 seconds in Rexall finale

Maroon, Hall get goals in third period against Canucks @NHLdotcom

Oilers strike twice in 18 seconds

VAN@EDM: Maroon, Hall score 18 seconds apart in 3rd

4/6/16: Patrick Maroon and Taylor Hall tally 18 seconds apart in the 3rd on Jacob Markstrom to put the Oilers up 5-1

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The Edmonton Oilers scored twice in 18 seconds in the final period being played at Rexall Place.

Patrick Maroon scored with 10:52 remaining in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks, and Taylor Hall scored with 10:34 to go to give the Oilers a 5-1 lead.

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Laraque's hat trick had Rexall rocking

Big man helped fuel one of Edmonton's most memorable nights

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / Columnist

EDMONTON - It was the most improbable hat trick scored in Edmonton Oilers history, and Georges Laraque remembers it right down to the last roof-shaking, cap-tossing, back-cramping detail.

Big Georges is the most massive vegan you're likely to see - "I'm three bills," he jokes of his 300 or so pounds - and on Wednesday morning at Rexall Place, he was delighted to relive the greatest moment of his NHL career.

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One final act at Rexall Place

Home of the Oilers dynasty set to say goodbye to NHL on Wednesday

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / Columnist

EDMONTON -- It is brick and mortar and memories, dreams and nightmares and soul, and now it is within hours of its final NHL game.

Early Tuesday morning, 42-year-old Rexall Place - previously branded Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Centre - was breathing quietly, only a few security guards and maintenance workers in its corridors.

In its kitchens, staff were checking lists, slicing meat, moving hot-dog buns, the early preparations underway for Wednesday, when the Edmonton Oilers host the Vancouver Canucks in the building's NHL swan song (7 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP).

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Oilers face Canucks in final game at Rexall Place

Edmonton expecting more than 150 alums, including Messier, Gretzky, Coffey

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

CANUCKS (30-36-13) at OILERS (30-43-7)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; SNW, SNP, NHL.TV

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers will bid farewell to Rexall Place on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Former Oilers have fond memories of Rexall Place

Edmonton won Stanley Cup four times in building in '80s

by Shawn Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial



Oilers TV's documentary series features how the ice at Rexall became the benchmark of the NHL

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Members of the core group of the glory years for the Edmonton Oilers got a bit of a head start in saying goodbye to Rexall Place.

Several former Oilers attended the annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas in late March, and it was impossible to ignore the going-away party that loomed in the not-too-distant future.

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Sunday Long Read

End of Rexall Place era at hand

'The House Wayne Gretzky Built,' to host final NHL game April 6, remembered warmly

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

"It's an amazing place, a huge part of hockey history and it probably housed some of the best teams and some of the best players that ever played the game. It's a very special place, I spent close to nine years here, the core of my career, and what I was built into as a player, on the ice, a lot of it was here and due to a lot of people from here." -- former Edmonton Oilers captain Doug Weight

EDMONTON -- For years, an office door in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room stood as a barometer of success, as important to some as the championship banners hanging from the rafters at Rexall Place, originally Northlands Coliseum.

The thick, steel door was not in a public area of the arena, but most in Edmonton knew it existed. Those with access to the dressing room often would inspect it closely.

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