Blair “BJ” MacDonald is one of many Oilers alumni present at the Farewell Rexall Place ceremony.
MacDonald was the first Oiler to score a goal for the newly minted NHL team in October 1979 against the Detroit Red Wings.
“I had to be one of the luckiest guys in hockey having the chance to play with Gretz in my first year, we were a little bit of the underdogs,” said MacDonald.
“We came into the league and that first game here, I think the lead-up, the buzz in the city, and the warm up and the electricity in the building of that first game and we were lucky enough to pull off a win against an original six team, Detroit, it was just a great night.”
It was the first of many more to come and one that MacDonald says he’ll never forget.