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BLOG: Five more join Farewell festivities

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

The countdown is on to April 6, when the Oilers host Vancouver for the team’s final game at Rexall Place. The post-game farewell ceremony will feature 100+ Oilers alumni in attendance. Each day leading up to the game, we’ll announce five Oilers alumni who are scheduled to attend. Here are today’s five.

Dave Lumley was drafted in 1974 by the Canadiens and traded to the Oilers in 1979. He went on to play eight seasons with Edmonton recording 98 goals and adding 160 assists for 258 points in 437 games, as well as 14 points in 61 career Oilers post-season games. His show-stopping year came in the 1981-82 season when he went on a 12-game goal-scoring streak, just four shy of the NHL record, in which he scored 15 goals. “Lummer" captured two Stanley Cups with the Oilers.

Blair “BJ” MacDonald played in five NHL seasons, two of which were spent with the Oilers. His best year came right after the WHA-NHL merger for the 1979-80 season, as he would finish the campaign with 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points, placing 10th in the league. MacDonald was also selected to represent the Oilers at the 1980 NHL All-Star Game, and served as team captain for 51 games during 1980-81.

Greg Hawgood played in 474 NHL games, recording 60 goals and 164 assists for 224 points. During his time in the NHL, the Edmonton native played three seasons with his hometown Oilers, recording seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points in 55 games.

Mike Krushelnyski joined the Oilers for the 1984-85 season and was part of three Stanley Cup titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988. In an NHL career of 897 games, Krushelnyski posted 569 points (241G, 328A); his single best season was his first year with Edmonton, in which he scored 43 goals and 88 points, often playing as a winger on a line with Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri.

Darcy Hordichuk played in 542 NHL games, recording 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points. Hordichuk joined the Oilers late in his career for the 2011-12 season, and parts of the following campaign, recording one goal and two assists for three points in 43 games. He also accumulated 1,140 career penalty minutes, regarded as one of the toughest fighters in the NHL, despite being smaller (6-foot-1, 212 lbs.) than most of his heavyweight opponents.

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