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#SocOILmedia: September 24, 2016

Catch up on Oil Country social media with our Saturday feature

by Ryan Frankson @ryanfrankson /

Let's go camping! Oilers training camp is officially underway, with exhibition games starting in just two days! Meanwhile, Draisaitl and Sekera are still alive at the World Cup of Hockey. And a new season means new contests with our awesome corporate partners. All that and more in this week's Oil Country social media round-up!

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Canada faces Russia in single elimination semi finals

Team Canada will have to go through Russia to get to the World Cup of Hockey finals

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott /

Tonight, an international rivalry is renewed.

For Canada and Russia, it all began back in 1972 when the Summit Series pit the Canadians against the Soviet Union. A rivalry was born, and it clashes again in the semi finals of the World Cup of Hockey at 7 p.m. ET.

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EOCF warms hearts at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

Funding helped purchase 1,000 blankets for patients

by Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Oil_Foundation /

(Edmonton, AB) - With autumn officially upon us, patients of all ages, including pediatrics at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital will feel extra warm, thanks to a special delivery of blankets, distributed today at the Glenrose. Earlier this year, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) provided important funding to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation's Patient Comfort Program, resulting in 1,000 comforting and soothing blankets for distribution. 

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PRINCIPE: Time to go Camping

In his latest blog, Gene Principe notes the importance of Oilers Training Camp and what's to come for the 2016-17 season

by Gene Principe @GenePrincipe / Sportsnet

Video: OILERS TODAY | Camp Kick-Off

Since they were little my kids have always asked to go camping. We had a neighbour with a camper and it always seemed like fun to hang around. Playing inside of it was enough to keep them entertained. They didn't even need the campsite to go along with it. Camping is something people do to get away, relax and spend time with family and friends. After a summer of taking off for weeks or weekends to your favourite lakes and bodies of water it's a different camping that's now on the minds of many.

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Oilers set to open 2016 training camp and pre-season

A total of 61 players will attend camp, including seven goaltenders, 21 defencemen and 33 forwards

by Edmonton Oilers / Press Release

The Edmonton Oilers are set to kick off their 2016 Training Camp on Thursday, September 22 with medical and fitness testing taking place at Rogers Place.

A total of 61 players will attend camp, including seven goaltenders, 21 defencemen and 33 forwards. 

Four players are competing at the World Cup of Hockey and will only join the Oilers camp once their respective teams are eliminated (Team North America - Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Team Europe - Leon Draisaitl, Andrej Sekera)

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RECAP: Oilers 6, Golden Bears 3

The Oilers rookies take a third straight win in the annual University of Alberta match as they down the Golden Bears 6-3

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley / Edmonton Oilers

Video: OILERS TODAY | Oilers vs. Golden Bears Postgame

EDMONTON, AB - A quick goal by the University of Alberta proved to be no match for the Oilers rookies, who produced a 6-3 victory over the Golden Bears in the 26th annual game for the third consecutive year. 

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Canada clinches first in Group A with win

Canada beat Team Europe 4-1 to take sole possession of first in Group A

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott /

Team Europe failed to generate many shots on net, while Canada capitalized on their chances and the home team clinched first place in Group A with a 4-1 win.

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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers Rookies vs. Golden Bears

Minute-by-minute updates as the Oilers visit the Golden Bears at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

Forward Lines:


Defensive pairings:




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Team North America still alive after thrilling OT win

Nathan MacKinnon scored in the final minute of overtime to beat Sweden 4-3

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott /

It was a game that truly lived up to expectations, and an overtime that exceeded them as Team North America beat Sweden 4-3 in sudden death.

Despite the loss, Sweden secured first place in Group B with the point, while North America's tournament hopes now rest with Russia.

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Oilers sign Gryba to PTO

The Oilers have signed defenceman Eric Gryba to a PTO

by Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Eric Gryba to a professional tryout contract. 

Gryba, 28, played with the Oilers in 2015-16, registering six points (1G, 5A) in 53 games. Prior to joining the Oilers as a free agent, the right-handed defenceman played for the Ottawa Senators from 2012-15. 

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