The Oilers will host the Vancouver Canucks on April 6 for their final home game in Rexall Place, before moving downtown to Rogers Place in the fall. The post-game farewell ceremony will host more than 100 Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to that game we are announcing five alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five.
In 1982, Ken Linseman was traded to the Hartford Whalers from the Philadelphia Flyers, who in turn shuttled him on to the Oilers on the same day. In Edmonton, Linseman skated on a line with Glenn Anderson and Mark Messier. The trio, forming an effective line, along with the rest of the squad, clicked in a big way, dethroning the New York Islanders as reigning league champs in 1984 to win their first Stanley Cup. In two seasons with the Oilers, “The Rat” scored 51 goals and added 91 assists for 142 points in 144 games, as well as 29 points in 37 playoff games.
Shayne Corson was traded to the Oilers from the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 1992. He spent three full seasons with Edmonton, filling a large leadership role and eventually becoming the team's captain. His biggest offensive season came in 1993-94, as he recorded 25 goals and 29 assists for 54 points in 64 games.
Doug Hicks made an impressive reputation for himself as an “iron man” early in his NHL career. He was claimed by the Oilers in the 1979 Expansion Draft and played two full seasons with the team before he was traded halfway through the 1981-82 season. In 186 games, Hicks recorded 17 goals and 67 assists for 84 points, and he also played in 12 post-season games.
Bernie Nicholls was known as an explosive scorer who accumulated over 1,200 career points while playing for six NHL teams. He made a dynamic impact early in his NHL career and continued to be a multi-faceted contributor to his teams. Early in the 1991-92 season, Nicholls was acquired by the Oilers from the New York Rangers in exchange for Mark Messier. Although injuries limited his participation to 49 games during his first regular season with Edmonton, he made up for lost time with 19 points in 16 playoff games in the post-season. In 95 Oilers games, Nicholls recorded 28 goals and 61 assists for 89 points.
Kevin Primeau’s first stint as an Oiler came in 1977 when he had a tryout with the team after his high-level amateur hockey career at the University of Alberta was over. He made enough of an impact with the team they he was signed to a free agent contract in March. He played out the remainder of the season with the team, collecting his first professional point, an assist, and played in two more games in the post-season. After moving on from the team, Primeau returned to the Oilers for the 1991-92 NHL season as an assistant coach and remained in that role for six seasons.