Since 1966 the Memorial Cup well has run dry for the Oil Kings and although they claimed three WHL titles in that span (1971, 1972, and 2012) they failed to bring home any other hardware. Then, last season hopes ran high after Ed Chynoweth’s Cup was brought back to Oil Country and a Memorial Cup title was square in the crosshairs. Comebacks, determination, and fight carried the Oil Kings to the finals where they were crowned the Memorial Cup Champions.
Fast-forward to last night and it was time for the fans to get in on the celebration, time for a duo of banners to be raised to the rafters at Rexall Place.
First, the arena went black and then through a red and blue fog emerged all of the players who will represent the Oil Kings this year. Minus of course the nine players that were attending pro camps over the weekend.
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Then, alumni from 1950, 1963, and 1966 were brought out to centre ice to help welcome the WHL hardware carried by Reid Petryk and the Memorial Cup trophy hoisted by Mitch Moroz.
“It was cool, a pretty special night. It was a good way to cap off last season and for those guys to look ahead to this year and same with myself.”
Over 11,000 fans, a franchise record, watched as the banners were enshrined at the top of Rexall along with all the other reminders of what a historic hockey town Edmonton is.
“Definitely a cool night for the fans and it was a good experience.”
Next for Moroz a trip down to Calgary for the Oilers-Flames split-squad taking place tonight. He will be lined up with Jujhar Khaira and Chris Baltisberger and when speaking to our Chris Wescott about the game plan for tonight, said the following:
“Just keep it simple. I mean I’m playing with two bigger stronger guys. Were going to be asked to keep it simple and be disciplined on all areas on the ice and create some havoc down low.”
As for his personal performance:
“Just try to play a big game and be a presence."