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Stories about last week's Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity have reverence and meaning which will hold value for decades.

by Cam Tait Habitat For Humanity / OilersFoundation.ca

Stories about last week's Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity have reverence and meaning which will hold value for decades. 

Video: ICE Level | Habitat for Humanity

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Oilers Foundation gifts record $3.6 million to community initiatives

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is proud to announce the strongest gifting year on record following an amazing 2016-17 season of activity for the Oilers Foundation, culminating in a total donation amount of $3.6 million to charities and minor hockey groups throughout Northern Alberta.

With a focus on philanthropic leadership in health and wellness, education and minor hockey for youth across Oil Country, the EOCF is dedicated to helping eradicate social issues while finding long-term solutions to build strong, vibrant and safe communities.

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Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Walk FORE Kids

Support the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation on Sunday, August 6

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) -- Walking FORE a cause! The Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON unveiled its charitable component to complement Edmonton's 2nd annual Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada event, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Walk FORE Kids, in support of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

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BLOG: Simpson thinks Condors makeover will be beneficial

Defenceman Dillon Simpson likes how the Bakersfield Condors roster looks heading into the 2017-18 season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Bakersfield Condors' roster will be different going into the 2017-18 season.

On July 1, the Edmonton Oilers signed forward Mitch Callahan and defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-year contracts. They also inked forwards Grayson Downing, Brian Ferlin and Ty Rattie, as well as defenceman Keegan Lowe and goaltender Edward Pasquale to one-year contracts.

Some prospects could also make the jump from junior to pro, including defencemen Caleb Jones, Ethan Bear, Ryan Mantha and Ziyat Paigin, leaving the team made of a good mix of rookies and veterans.

"It seems like a complete makeover and I think a lot of those additions will have great effects for everyone," said defenceman Dillon Simpson on Oilers Now Monday. 

"When you have that kind of base around you on a minor league team, it makes a difference."

Simpson commented on two of the defensive additions the team could see.

"Mantha is a guy with a lot of size and can move well for a big guy," Simpson said.

Russian defender Paigin is the other. 

"For Ziyat, he's a great guy," Simpson said. "He's here with us now training. He can jump up offensively, can get up in the rush and has a big shot."

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BLOG: Simpson intends to be more demanding on the ice

Defenceman Dillon Simpson wants to incorporate more urgency in his game next season

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

After inking a one-year contract with the Oilers on Sunday, defender Dillon Simpson knows what he wants to implement in his game for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

"Just to play more of an aggressive game," the Edmonton product said Monday on Oilers Now. "In years past, I was a bit more passive."

There are certain facets Simpson will manufacture on the ice in his effort to be more aggressive.

"Just be more demanding," he said. "Demand the puck, be more of a presence out on the ice, maybe find my opportunities to jump in the play."

Simpson plans to play that way in either Edmonton or Bakersfield with the Condors.

"In Bakersfield, try to assert myself as a guy who can help out offensively when the situation is there."

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BLOG: Simpson ready to return

Defenceman Dillon Simpson spoke on Oilers Now a day after signing a one-year contract with the Oilers

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers signed defenceman Dillon Simpson to a one-year contract on Sunday.

Simpson spoke on Oilers Now a day later to talk about the signing and returning to Edmonton.

"I definitely wanted to come back and with the McDavid thing, we had to wait a little bit," Simpson said. 

"It was great to get done on the weekend."

The Oilers drafted Simpson in the fourth round (92nd-overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The blueliner has spent the bulk of his time with the organization in the American Hockey League with the Oklahoma City Barons and Bakersfield Condors. 

The Edmonton native is aware of the steps he needs to make in his next season.

"I think for me, coming in knowing what they expect of me and how they want me to improve this coming year is big," Simpson said. "Last year getting in a few games was a step in the right direction.

"At the end of the day, it's a place I wanted to be back in and it's on me to play well."

Simpson played three games with the Oilers last season.

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Oilers Off-Season Movement Tracker

Follow along for the Oilers additions and subtractions throughout the summer

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

Here are the updates on all the Oilers moves this offseason, including additions and subtractions.

Oilers Group 2 Free Agents: Leon Draisaitl, Joey Laleggia (signed), Dillon Simpson (signed), Bogdan Yakimov (signed in KHL; Oilers retain rights)

Oilers Group 3 Free Agents: David Desharnais (to NYR), Andrew Ference, Justin Fontaine, Mark Fraser, Jonas Gustavsson (to Sweden), Matt Hendricks

Group 6 Free Agents: Jordan Oesterle (to CHI), Tyler Pitlick (to DAL)

Other UFAs: Benoit Pouliot (to BUF), Anton Lander (to KHL), Eetu Laurikainen (to Finland), David Musil, Zach Pochiro, Jere Sallinen (to Sweden), Henrik Samuelsson

ADDITIONS:

  • Oilers signed D Dillon Simpson to a one-year deal on July 16 >> READ

  • Oilers signed D/F Joey Laleggia to a one-year deal on July 13 >> READ

  • Oilers signed D Yohann Auvitu to a one-year contract on July 10. >> READ

  • Oilers signed F Jussi Jokinen to a one-year contract on July 7. >> READ

  • Oilers signed Connor McDavid to an eight-year contract extension on July 5. >> READ

  • Oilers signed F Brad Malone to a two-year contract on July 3. >> READ

  • On July 1, the Edmonton Oilers signed forward Mitch Callahan and defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-year contracts. They also signed forwards Grayson Downing, Brian Ferlin and Ty Rattie, as well as defenceman Keegan Lowe and goaltender Edward Pasquale to one-year contracts. >> READ

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WEEKLY RECAP: July 9-15

Don't miss out on any of the content from the off-season with our Weekly Recap

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Get caught up on everything that happened in the week that was July 9-15.

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Oilers sign Simpson

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson to a one-year contract

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson to a one-year contract.

Simpson, 24, appeared in 53 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors last season, recording 11 points (3G, 8A) and 26 penalty minutes.

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OFF-SEASON OIL

From trips to the NHL Awards, to contract signings, to engagements and training sessions, the Oilers have filled their social media accounts with all the summer action

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers off-season rolls along & the players are taking full advantage. From trips to the NHL Awards, to contract signings, to engagements and training sessions, the Oilers have filled their social media accounts with all the summer action. Get caught up on all on their adventures with this edition of Off-Season Oil. 

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