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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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Oilers trim Training Camp roster

The Oilers have trimmed their training camp roster to 51 players

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have trimmed their training camp roster to 51 players, including five (5) goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 30 forwards. 

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RECAP: Oilers 2 at Flames 1

Slepyshev's goal early in the third breaks a 0-0 tie and Oilers hold on for a 2-1 victory on the road

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

CALGARY -- Anton Slepyshev scored 8 minutes into the third period to help break a scoreless tie and lead the Oilers to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night.

Jonas Gustavsson made 11 saves while Laurent Brossoit turned away 21 in the contest.  

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RECAP: Flames 2 at Oilers 4

An insurance goal from Oilers forward Kris Versteeg saw Edmonton produce a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames in their pre-season opener at Rogers Place

by Meg Tilley / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Though it was a rocky start to the pre-season, the Oilers welcomed the first Battle of Alberta game at Rogers Place, capping off the night with a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames.  

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LIVE GAME BLOG: Flames at Oilers

Get live regular updates of tonight's game between the Oilers and Flames from Rogers Place

by Meg Tilley / EdmontonOilers.com

Video: LIVE: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames


Watch live in Edmonton's broadcast region (Alberta/Saskatchewan/Northwest Territories)

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TONIGHT'S LINEUP

27 Lucic - 36 Caggiula - 14 Eberle
67 Pouliot - 59 - Vesce - 39 Puljujarvi
45 Beck - 54 Khaira - 13 Versteeg
53 Moroz - 71 Platzer - 26 Pakarinen

77 Klefbom - 6 Larsson
84 LaLeggia - 5 Fayne
80 Niemelainen - 83 Benning

33 Talbot
35 Laurikainen

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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers at Flames

Get regular updates as the Edmonton Oilers visit the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Video: LIVE: Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers


Watch live in Edmonton's broadcast region (Alberta/Saskatchewan/Northwest Territories)

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  Box Score |  Listen Live | Highlights (Coming Later) | Photos (Coming Later) |  Game Preview


TONIGHT'S LINEUP

19 Maroon - 51 Lander - 10 Yakupov
23 Hendricks - 55 Letestu - 44 Kassian
61 Christoffer - 70 Sallinen - 42 Slepyshev
52 Russell - 43 Currie - 72 Chase

25 Nurse - 88 Davidson
82 Oesterle - 62 Gryba
81 Jones - 74 Bear

50 Gustavsson
1 Brossoit

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Making up for lost time

Returning from a season-ending injury, Jaedon Descheneau is ready to show the hockey world that he's still a contender

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It was the hardest call Jaedon Descheneau would have to make in his young hockey career.

After four years of tearing up the rink with the Kootenay Ice, the Beaumont, Alta. native's fifth season with the Western Hockey League team was cut short when he separated his shoulder in a banal play in only his second game of the 2015-16 season.

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PREVIEW: Oilers at Flames / Flames at Oilers

Oilers open their pre-season schedule with two games: one in Calgary and one in Edmonton, both against the Flames

by Meg Tilley and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

Video: OILERS TODAY | Preseason Kickoff

The Edmonton Oilers kick off the pre-season in a big way with two games. The Calgary Flames will help christen Rogers Place for NHL hockey, as they face the Oilers at 7 PM MDT.

The Oilers also visit the Flames and the two teams will meet at the Saddledome, also at 7 PM MDT. 

You can watch BOTH games right here at EdmontonOilers.com! Due to NHL regulations, the game can only be shown in the Oilers region (Alberta/Saskatchewan/Northwest Territories) 

For full game coverage and lineups, read on. 

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