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Farewell Rexall Clearout Sale a Door Crashing Success

by Jessica Kent / Edmonton Oilers

"Walk please!" That statement would sound familiar to anyone who tried to make a run for their favourite items at the Farewell Rexall Clearout Sale Presented by Ford over the weekend.

Video: 10th, and last, Annual Clearout Sale at Rexall Place

"I don't know exact numbers, but this is my fifth time doing it and it's the busiest it has been right off the hop, so that's good to see, and it's the excitement around it being the final one [at Rexall Place]," said Brad Ellard, Community and Fan Relations for Oilers Entertainment Group.

Previously known as the Locker Room Sale, this year the name was changed to highlight that there is more up for grabs than just equipment and memorabilia, as the Oilers prepare to make the move over to Rogers Place.

"There's everything across the board, there's used equipment, brand new equipment, deals on merchandise," added Ellard. "But it's the specialness of the photos, there's photos from the media lounge, photos from different offices around here, I think that's the special stuff because that's the stuff people didn't get to see."


This is the tenth year for the event, and as always, it drew a crowd of seasoned shoppers.

"I literally team up with my sister, she goes one way and I go another way, and we just go from there," one fan, Ryan, said as he explained his strategy.

Some lined up up as early as 10:30 the night before doors opened. Others came around 5:00 AM.

"If you want the good stuff, you have to come early," a shopper explained.

"We're from Saskatchewan, we live about three hours away, we left this morning at 5:00 and got here in the lineup," added another shopper.

Oilers centre Mark Letestu , Oil Kings alumni Mark Pysyk, current player, Patrick Dea, and Oilers alumni, Jason Smith, were all in attendance signing autographs.

"It's amazing… people can get used and new equipment, that is pretty special and there's obviously a great support base for the team here," said Smith, the team captain during the 2006 playoff run.

As fans collected their mementos of the Oilers and Oil Kings at Rexall Place, many stopped into the locker room - some for the very first, and last, time.

"I wanted to take a chance to come back to the building one last time, to see the banners and building, and especially [the locker room], this is like a dream come true for any Oilers fan," explained Todd Kraus, a major fan. "You just dream of the players who have been in [the locker room] and what's gone on."

Ford was the main driver behind the event. The first 200 people to sign up for a test drive received a piece of plexi glass from the final game at Rexall Place.

"I'm pumped up ready to go for this thing, this is what I live for," exclaimed Curtis, another Oiler fan.

If you didn't have a chance to make it out to the clearance sale, the online auction will be open until June 21st. For more information, click here.

Fans can expect another Locker Room Sale at Rogers Place next summer.

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