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OSU running back and Sherwood Park product Chuba Hubbard met members of the Oilers on Friday and will drop the puck before action against the Penguins

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Chuba Hubbard is in the house.

The Oklahoma State University star - who amassed 1,936 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns this season - was present in the Oilers Dressing Room Friday morning and will drop the puck before the Oilers tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I keep saying this is crazy. It's a blessing. I never would have pictured myself being in this situation. I dreamed of it and stuff but it's just a blessing to be here," Hubbard told the Edmonton media from the Oilers Hall of Fame Room.

Hubbard was appreciative of the Oilers honouring him at the game and for the fact that he was able to meet members of the Orange & Blue.

"I'm just blessed and for them to actually know me and acknowledge me is amazing," said the running back.

Even the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, has been rooting for Hubbard.

"I was at a loss of words, to be honest," Hubbard said of when he saw he was recognized by No. 99. "For him to know who I am and know what I'm doing is an honour."

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Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins commented on meeting Hubbard, noting just how incredible his 2019 feats were.

"It was pretty cool to meet him," Nugent-Hopkins said. "It was cool that he gets to come out here and drop the puck for us tonight. He led the NCAA in rushing. That's pretty outstanding for an Alberta and Edmonton kid."

When asked what type of player he would be if he laced up the skates, Hubbard knew what position he would prefer.

"I think centre," he said with a smile. 

"I like kind of being in control and stuff like that. I can't stop very well but once I get going, I can get going pretty good."

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