(Edmonton, AB) – Rexall Place, home to countless historic moments in the game of hockey, will receive a fitting send-off as the Edmonton Oilers today announced the details surrounding the Farewell Night. The final regular season home game celebration at Rexall Place on April 6, 2016 will conclude the epic “Farewell to Rexall Place Final Season” festivities during the 2015-16 NHL season.
What will be a true Oilers family affair for the team and fans alike, the organization is inviting every player who has ever donned the Oilers sweater back to Rexall Place for a very special celebration of the franchise’s time in the building. Those in attendance will participate in the closing ceremony that will occur at the conclusion of the Edmonton Oilers vs. Vancouver Canucks game.
The special closing ceremony will include a video tribute to the rich Oilers history at Rexall Place, spanning eras from the franchise’s time in the WHA, to the early years in the NHL, the glory years of the Stanley Cup dynasty teams, the amazing 2006 Stanley Cup playoff, the modern era and everything in between.
“We are honoured to invite the Oilers family back to Rexall Place for one final evening with our amazing fans. Whether you played one game or a thousand for the Oilers, the franchise is in your blood and you will be “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,” said Oilers Entertainment Group Vice Chair Kevin Lowe. “There are so many memories, stories, and hallmark moments in life that have occurred in the building for our fans and players alike, so it is important to recognize our time there with a celebration of this magnitude.”
The Oilers have celebrated the rich history at Rexall Place throughout the Farewell Season; the centrepiece being the very popular “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler” in-game segment featuring Oilers Alumni and other special people associated with the organization over the past 40-plus years. The organization has hosted a special guest at every home game this season, ranging from notables such as Rusty Patenaude (1972-77), Mike Krushelnyski (1984-88), Bill Ranford (1987-96, 1999-2000), Steve Staios (2001-2010), Oilers Locker Room Attendant Joey Moss and PA Announcer Mark Lewis.
A highlight of the Farewell Season festivities included the Oilers raising former player, coach, GM and President Glen Sather’s banner to the rafters at Rexall Place during an emotional ceremony prior to the Oilers vs. New York Rangers game on December 11, 2015. The ceremony included Sather and his family, along with his fellow banner honourees and a lengthy standing ovation from 17,000 fans.
The Oilers also released a limited-edition, WHA-era inspired, orange third jersey, worn during seven select home games this season, which was debuted by Connor McDavid at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Florida.
Oilers fans have embraced Farewell Season festivities throughout the year and will be in for a memorable evening on April 6, 2016.