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Gearing up for Grande Prairie

by Andrea Goss / Edmonton Oilers
The city of Grande Prairie will be bustling with hockey activity this weekend.
The Oilers Events Team and Community Partnerships Staff will be hitting Grande Prairie this weekend, drumming up excitement across Oil Country as the Oilers gear up for the 2010-11 season.

In celebration of their 15th season in the AJHL, the Edmonton Oilers will be joining the Grande Prairie Storm for their kick-off weekend and Hockey Alberta for various camps throughout the Friday and Saturday.

"Fans across Oil Country are gearing up for the start of the 2010-11 season and what better way for the Oilers to join that momentum then take part in Grande Prairie’s festivities this weekend," said Oilers President and CEO Patrick LaForge. "Northern Alberta has a rich diversity of hockey programs that span all levels and ages, this weekend will be about celebrating the game of hockey from grassroots to the pros."

Starting Friday, Oilers Community Partnerships Staff will be present at Coke Centre, taking part in on- and off-ice sessions with Hockey Alberta Camp. Joining them onsite will be the Oilers Events Team with some fun prizes and giveaways for camp participants.

Saturday really kicks the upcoming season momentum into high gear with the Storm Season Icebreaker.

Grande Prairie residents and visiting Oil country fans alike can join the Storm and the Oilers Events Team from noon to 4:00pm in Crystal Centre’s Front Parking Lot and Lobby.

Fans can expect a fun-filled afternoon of family activities and a special visit from the Oilers 53-foot big-rig, packed to the brim with Oilers giveaways, merchandise and a complete road-hockey setup. And what would an Oilers event be without the infamous, decked-out Fanboni present for rides and photographs.

Saturday additionally plays host to the OneGoal Female Hockey Clinic run by Hockey Alberta. The program, promoting and encouraging the enrollment of females in hockey, will also feature Oilers Community Partnerships Staff onsite in the morning and involvement by Hockey Canada and the NHL.

In preparation for the 2010-11 season, the Oilers Store Kiosk will be also be present throughout the entire weekend for the special opportunity to get your hands on the latest Oilers merchandise.
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