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BLOG: It was quite easy to gather the ’84 bunch

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

When the idea to bring the entire 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Oilers together first came about, it might have seemed like a daunting task to reach out to all of the players and staff and convince them to come. But as Paul Coffey says, it was quite easy.

“It was a little bit of a no-brainer,” Coffey said. “It’s amazing how some things don’t change over the years. When Wayne asks for something, you usually do it. We were trained that way at an early age. Anytime you have your leader, that is your hardest worker, ask you to do something then you do it.”

That of course got a laugh from the players on stage and the media in the crowd at the press conference on Wednesday.

Gretzky gave credit to Kevin Lowe, his staff with the Oilers and the team’s equipment manager Barrie Stafford for accomplishing this task. But Gretzky’s influence was definitely there throughout the process.

“Gretz called, we’re here and it’s going to be a great time,” Coffey said.

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