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Festivities Begin

by Kalen Qually / Edmonton Oilers
In anticipation of the Edmonton Oilers fast approaching season, the Oilers Events Team and Community Partnerships Staff have hit the road to pump up Oil Country. A trip down Highway 43 finds them setting up in Grande Prairie for the weekend to kickoff the season with Hockey Alberta and the Grande Prairie Storm.

The Oilers Crew showed up to Grande Prairie in style dragging a semi-trailer full of merchandise, a complete road-hockey setup, and the Fanboni, the sharp-looking Zamboni equipped to give fan rides and make a great photo backdrop.

The festivities began Friday, August 27, with the Community Partnerships Staff on-ice at the Coke Centre with Hockey Alberta Camp participants. The 100 participants at Camp also took part in off-ice training and played street hockey with the Oilers Events Team.

“It’s great to see how excited young hockey players are in Northern Alberta, not only for the Oilers season to begin but for their chance to get on the ice and play,” said the Oilers Manager of Community Partnerships Trevor Murphy. “Hockey season can’t start soon enough.”

The festivities continue into Saturday with the Storm Season Icebreaker at the Crystal Centre. The hometown Grande Prairie Storm are set to begin their 15th season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and will be joined by the Oilers Events Team to celebrate with a full afternoon of family activities. The public are invited to attend the Icebreaker free-of-charge at the Crystal Centre’s front parking lot and lobby from noon until 4 pm.

“This anniversary is a big deal for us,” said Grande Prairie Storm Business Manager Don Moon. “This Saturday is just a taste of the many changes, additions, and community partnerships we’ll be introducing throughout the season, to help bring the ‘WOW’ factor back to our games. I think fans will be very impressed with what we’ve got planned.”

Oilers Community Partnerships Staff will also be at the OneGoal Female Hockey Clinic on Saturday in support of OneGoal’s vision to grow the sport of hockey and break down the gender barriers of entry into the sport.

Oiler fans hoping to get their hands on new merchandise for the upcoming season can visit the Oilers Store Kiosk open at all weekend events in Grande Prairie.
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