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Oilers fans get VIP treatment in Las Vegas through Air Canada contest

Winners were flown to Nevada to see Edmonton play Golden Knights

by Danny Webster / Independent Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Bryce Tarzwell was at Northlands Coliseum on May 19, 1984, watching the Edmonton Oilers win their first Stanley Cup championship against the New York Islanders. 

He said seeing Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier hoist the Stanley Cup was his greatest memory because his dad was with him.

He's more excited for this Oilers game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, because his daughter Sayler Tarzwell is with him.

"Now I get to enjoy the Oilers with my daughter. Full circle," he said. "It's pretty cool."

The Tarzwells were two of 12 Oilers fans that were part of Air Canada's Fan Flight program, designed to give fans a VIP experience to a home or road game.

Tweet from @AirCanada: 📍: Las Vegas. Three cheers for our #ACFanFlight winners as they cheer on @EdmontonOilers tonight! 👏👏👏.📍: Las Vegas. Hip hip hourra! pour les gagnants du #VolDeFanAC qui encouragent les @EdmontonOilers ce soir! 👏👏👏

Before the game, the fans took pictures on the Oilers bench and took pictures with Edmonton coach Dave Tippett. 

When Sayler first saw the news that they won, she couldn't believe it.

"The words out of my mouth were, 'Wait, what?'" she said. "Dad was at work, and right away I was like, 'So, I think we're going to Vegas. I'm not sure.'"

It's Sayler's first time in Las Vegas, but Bryce has been at least six times. It's each their first Golden Knights game, though. They've seen the entertainment spectacle on TV, but never in person.

"This is huge," Bryce said. "Like everybody's first experience watching Vegas was in the playoffs. I'm super excited to see the entertainment value here."

Adam Wilson was supposed to take his wife to Las Vegas, but other plans were in the cards.

She gave birth to their daughter three weeks ago. 

Instead, his friend Adam Ray accompanied him to watch the Oilers try to tie the Golden Knights for first place in the Pacific Division.

"I had no idea what was going on," said Wilson, who received the news during an Oilers home game this season. "A cheerleader came up to me, gave me a T-shirt and told me to open it. A ticket was in there, and it was awesome."

Wilson said he would find a way to make it up to his wife at some point.

"She's sleeping as much as she can," he said.

The Oilers are looking to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2016-17. There is excitement had for Edmonton fans for the first time in three seasons.

"I think there's a lot of people that didn't expect the Oilers to be where they are this season," Ray said. "I think there's some pretty solid optimism."

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