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Messier hopes Oilers put on a show for Jets fans

Mark Messier talks about getting on the ice with his former teammates and reflects on 2003

by Marc Ciampa /

At Friday's open practice at MTS Centre, Mark Messier talked about wanting to entertain the Winnipeg faithful who paid $5 to come see the Jets and Oilers legends tune up in advance of Saturday's alumni contest. 

"The Oilers always wanted to put on a show for the fans. Wherever we travelled, we had practices that were short -- 30 or 40 minutes -- but we always did it at a high tempo. Anybody who was able to watch our practices, it was a beautiful concert so to speak. (Today) we wanted to put on at least a little bit of a show for the fans. They made the effort to come here so we wanted to do what we could," Messier remarked. 

Messier will be playing in his second alumni game as a member of the Oilers, though the circumstances were different back in 2003 as he was still an active player in the NHL for the New York Rangers at the time. 

"It was a real novel idea at the time. I don't think anybody expected what was going to come of it. Couldn't have picked a better city to try it in than Edmonton, knowing they'd get the support and the relationship the team had with the city. And of course, when you bring in all the Canadiens players on top of it. It seems like an obvious idea looking back now but at the time there was some risk to it."

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MacTavish, Staios reflect on 2003 game

Coach and player in the 2003 Heritage Classic game, Craig MacTavish and Steve Staios reflect on that game and look forward to Saturday's alumni game.

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Back in 2003, Craig MacTavish was the Oilers head coach and had lot more on his mind when it came to inaugural Heritage Classic. 

"I thought it was a brilliant idea when I first heard it," he said. "I had no idea it was going to catch on to the level that it has. A lot of times, the Oilers don't get mentioned as the team that had the first game but it's really become a staple of the NHL marketing but just some of the games over the years have been spectacular with the snowfalls. It really embodies the great things about the game of hockey."

The weather conditions at that particular event were extremely cold, to the point where it was contemplated that it may be cancelled. 

"I remember the Players Association thought about cancelling the game because it was that cold. But the players didn't want anything to do with that. They were going to put on a show and it was pretty spectacular," said MacTavish. 

One of the players in that 2003 game, Steve Staios, talked about being in awe of the entire event. 

"More than anything, what it left you with was that feeling of a great event. We had all our families and friends in and the city, community were all on board. It was a terrific event. I'm sure they've made some improvements on how they handle things (with the ice) though I don't know what they could have done to handle that type of extreme cold any better. Ice conditions were what the were, but certainly it was a great event."

Staios is one of only two players in Saturday's alumni game who suited up for the Oilers in the 2003 edition. 

"It's a thrill, it really is. I get to be here with, first of all, Craig MacTavish and Charlie Huddy who coached me all those years in Edmonton and now we're getting to be on a team together which is cool," Staios began. "I'm the generation behind the Gretzkys, Messiers, Kurris, Coffeys, all the greats. Getting to know them over the years. Them coming to town for events. It's a thrill to be able to play on the same team with them in a game. I'm really looking forward to it."

MacTavish reflected on playing alongside players he once coached in Staios, Smyth and also Dwayne Roloson. 

"I think I wasn't too big of a jerk to those guys (as a coach) that I can't say hello to them. Coaching is a different relationship. Players and coaches have a different relationship. Three guys that I had an unbelievable amount of respect for as a coach. It's always good to see Roli, Stevie and Ryan.

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Oilers roster transactions

The Oilers have recalled defenceman Matt Benning from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

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The Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Matt Benning from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

Benning, 22, has appeared in two games with the Condors this season. The St. Albert, Alberta native posted his first career professional goal on October 20 against the Manitoba Moose. 

The Edmonton Oilers have also assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit and defenceman Ben Betker to Bakersfield.

Defenceman Andrew Ference has been placed on long term injured reserve (LTIR).

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The Magic of the Outdoors

As the Oilers gear up to take on the Jets for the 2016 Heritage Classic, Cam Tait reflects on the importance of the outdoor game and Edmonton's role in bringing it to the NHL

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Video: Gretzky on upcoming Heritage Classic alumni game

Perhaps, it's the passage of time that makes us appreciate how far we've come.

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RECAP: Oilers 3, Blues 1

Cam Talbot's 34 saves help the Oilers hand St. Louis their first regulation loss of the season, 3-1

by Chris Wescott @TheChrisWescott / Head Writer

Video: OILERS TODAY | Oilers vs. Blues Post-Game

Tyler Pitlick, Milan Lucic and Connor McDavid scored, while Cam Talbot stopped 34 shots, in Edmonton's 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Oilers 3, Blues 1

Take a look at the key numbers behind the Oilers 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place

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Oilers Injury Report

Mark Fayne joins list of injured Oilers

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Stay up-to-date with the Oilers lineup as we get you the latest information on Oilers injuries. 

Check below for the most recent updates, through October 20, 2016

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GAME BLOG: Oilers vs. Blues

Get live minute-by-minute updates from tonight's game between Edmonton and St. Louis at Rogers Place

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The Oilers face off against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place tonight in their fifth game of the regular season. You can watch the game on television via Sportsnet Oilers. 

Follow our live in-game blog for regular updates, including relevant tweets, highlights, photos, commentary and more! 

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PREVIEW: Oilers vs. Blues

In today's Boston Pizza Preview, the Oilers wrap up a three-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues at 7:00 P.M. MDT

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The Oilers bounced back on Tuesday from their loss to Buffalo Sunday by defeating Carolina 3-2. 

Tonight, the Oilers look to wrap up their three-game homestand on a positive note in what will also be their final game before Sunday's outdoor Heritage Classic in Winnipeg.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet Oilers inside the Oilers region beginning at 7:00 PM MDT. 

Read our game preview and check back here regularly throughout the day as we'll be adding interviews, quotes, breaking news and more. 

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