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Canada wins World Cup of Hockey in dramatic fashion

Brad Marchand scored shorthanded with 44 seconds left to lift Canada to a 2-1 win and the championship

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott / Edmontonoilers.com

TORONTO, ON - It was an outcome certainly in doubt for some time, but Canada managed to tie the game late and score the game-winning goal shorthanded to win the World Cup of Hockey, 2-1 over Team Europe.

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OEG and Mango Media announce sale of ECHL Membership

by Oilers Entertainment Group / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) and Mango Media Group announced the sale of OEG's ECHL Membership in the Norfolk Admirals to Mango Media Group. Norfolk will remain the ECHL-affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club.

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RECAP: Canucks 5, Oilers 3

Drake Caggiula's two goals not enough as late Canucks third-period goal sinks Oilers

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Video: OILERS TODAY | Oilers @ Canucks Postgame

 VANCOUVER, BC -- Drake Caggiula scored two goals but it was not enough as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Oilers 5-3 at Rogers Arena on Wednesday night.   

Troy Stecher led the way for Vancouver with a goal and two assists, including a helper on the game-winning goal. 

On the winner, Anton Rodin converted a nice cross-ice pass from Stecher before depositing the puck into the open cage behind Nick Ellis to make it 4-3 for the home team. The goal came with Benoit Pouliot in the penalty box serving a tripping minor. 

Erik Gudbranson added an empty-net shorthanded goal with 1:26 to play to clinch the outcome. 

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LIVE IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Canucks

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers face the Vancouver Canucks in their third exhibition game of the pre-season. You can follow along with our live in-game blog, which will include highlights throughout the contest, relevant tweets and more. 

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Oilers trim Training Camp roster

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have trimmed their training camp roster to 43 players, including five (5) goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 23 forwards.

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PREVIEW: Oilers at Canucks

Oilers look to continue perfect pre-season with a road date in Vancouver

by Meg Tilley and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Video: OILERS TODAY | Oilers @ Canucks Pre-Game

The Oilers continue their pre-season with a game in Vancouver against the Canucks. It can be seen live on Sportsnet 1 starting at 8:00 PM MDT. 

Check below for our complete game preview, which will be updated throughout the morning with lineup updates as well as our Morning Skate Report. 

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Canada takes series lead with 3-1 win

Team Canada moves to within one win of a World Cup of Hockey championship with a 3-1 victory over Team Europe

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott / Edmontonoilers.com

TORONTO, ON - They were outshot early, but were able to capitalize on a few more chances as Canada beat Europe 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup of Hockey Final.

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Draisaitl to join Edmonton following long off-season

Leon Draisaitl has had a long off-season, as he closes in on making his return to Edmonton for 2016-17

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott / Edmontonoilers.com

Leon Draisaitl shouldn't be rusty when he reports for training camp. If anything, he might be fatigued.

The Oilers centre has not stopped playing hockey, it seems, since the 2015-16 season ended. Although he did have some break, Draisaitl joined his home country Germany for the Olympic qualifying tournament in Riga, Latvia.

Draisaitl scored two goals and added three assists for five points in three games as Germany swept Group E and clinched a spot in the 2018 Olympics.

Like several of his Team Europe teammates at the World Cup of Hockey, Draisaitl came straight from the qualifying tournament to begin training with his new club.

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Gretzky to serve as Centennial Celebration ambassador

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott / Edmontonoilers.com

Wayne Gretzky was announced as the NHL's official ambassador for its Centennial Celebration in 2017, in Toronto on Tuesday.

"The Great One" will aid in the League's year-long celebration of the history of the NHL and sport of hockey. The celebration begins January 1, in Toronto with the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game between Detroit and the Maple Leafs at BMO Field.

"A century of great players, great plays and great moments deserves a year-long celebration, and we invite everyone to join our party in 2017," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

"We are delighted that Wayne Gretzky - whose spectacular contributions on the ice matched his immeasurable graciousness and popularity off the ice - will serve as our Centennial's official ambassador as we honour all the drama, suspense, excitement and memories that have thrilled the best fans in sport for generations."

Bettman and Gretzky fielded questions from the media about the sport, their memories and the celebrations ahead. 2017 will be filled with hockey celebrations, including outdoor games, multiple documentaries - including the history of the Stanley Cup - and a truck tour visit to every NHL city and event.

"Everything I have in my life is because of the National Hockey League," said Gretzky.

Gretzky is the NHL's all-time leading scorer with 2,857 points.

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Gretzky's Hall of Fame story

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott / Edmontonoilers.com

Video: RAW | Wayne Gretzky Hall of Fame

Wayne Gretzky calls himself a "huge historian of the game," who likes to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame on occasion. Given his celebrity status among those who would frequent such an establishment, Gretzky sometimes has to go in disguise.

Gretzky claims he's sometimes put on a hat and glasses, so as not to be recognized by fans or staff so he may enjoy the exhibits as a fan of the game himself.

"A couple of years ago I took my son, who at the time was 11 or 12, and I had a hat on," said Gretzky. "I went into the Hall of Fame and I just told him to keep his head down. We walked around for two hours. We saw everything there was to see and then went down to that part where you actually interact and take some shots. So my son got out there and was four for five. He said, 'dad, try it.' So I said, 'okay.'"

"I got out there and missed the first three shots I took. The young man who was taking care of the line walked over to me and said, 'sir, move your hand down the stick a little bit farther.'"

"I lifted my hat up, and I said, 'go get me one of those pucks that are in there, there's 802 of them.' My son killed himself laughing, and I got out of there."

The NHL's all-time leading scorer needs no instruction.

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