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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

“The Edmonton Oilers have won the Stanley Cup!” Iconic words said by Hockey Night in Canada Announcer Bob Cole.

The man responsible for announcing the Oilers first-ever Stanley Cup win, Cole was present at the Farewell Rexall Ceremony to share in festivities.

“I kind of fell in love with this group, these young Oilers, in ’83,” he said. “When they got all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in Long Island, it was a dynasty for the Islanders, and [the Oilers] lost in four games. I remember walking out with Wayne and Glenn and Paul and all the guys and everybody was just in silence, they were just bruised and tired and worn out.”

Cole witnessed (and announced) the Oilers heartbreak Cup loss but ever more exhilarating win the following year in 1984.

“I really fell in love with this team,” he said. “And we got together again the next year and they won their first Stanley Cup, the first of four that were won here (the fifth was won in Boston), in this old building that we’re saying goodbye to.”

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