Showing their support, the Oilers donned new colours at practice today, replacing the familiar blue, orange and white jerseys for the Edmonton Eskimos green and gold.
“They’re a huge part of the community here in Edmonton,” said Taylor Hall.
“You feel, when they’re playing, the whole city is kind of focused on them. I lived in Calgary for a long time, went to a lot of Stampeders games but I’ll certainly be cheering for the Eskimos. I fell obliged as an Edmontonian now.”
As the Battle of Alberta changes playing fields, the Edmonton Eskimos gear up to take on the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final.
“Any time you’re within the same community I think it’s nice to show the other team support, especially when they’re going into a game in the magnitude that it is,” said Mark Letestu.
“The West Final hasn’t been here in a while so it’s a big game and we’re definitely behind them.”
With a 14-4-0 record, the Eskimos snagged first place in the Western Division and are looking to move on to the Grey Cup Final in Winnipeg.
“I always try to watch the Grey Cup, I think it’s something that’s kind of uniquely Canadian,” said Letestu.
“To be able to celebrate who we are and where we’re from, regardless of the teams that are in it. The fact that the Eskimos are in it adds little more of a vested interest for the city and for myself.”