Sunday was a CBA-required day off for the Oilers and the players used it to their advantage, enjoying a beautiful day in Dallas while taking in some professional sporting events.
A group of players went to either one or both of the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys and the MLB playoff game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers. Several Oilers players are Blue Jays fans and had the opportunity to support Canada’s baseball team as they beat the Rangers 5-1 to stay alive in their series.
“It was fun. It was a good day,” said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. “It was my first NFL game, which is really cool. It was good to experience that and I’ve always been a fan of the Jays. It worked out perfectly timing wise, it’s just across the street. It was a great game and a lot of fun. Great ballpark too.”
Some of the players were caught on television celebrating Troy Tulowitzki’s home run. The Oilers head coach was happy his players were able to experience a pair of events like the two games on their day away from the rink.
“Timing is excellent, really, for our team to be on the road,” said Todd McLellan. “A Sunday off and they can get out in the fresh air and cheer on the Blue Jays, of course, and see a tremendous football game. I think it’s really important sometimes for athletes from different sports to interact and to see each other perform, the level of preparation and commitment and all that type of stuff. It was a good day for our guys.”