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In Depth: Keepers of the Cup

Phil Pritchard, the '80s Oilers, the city of Edmonton: Keepers of the Cup

by Paul Gazzola /

Phil Pritchard wasn't around when Kevin Lowe was dragged to the corner of St. Anne and Perron in St. Albert, AB amid the off-season of 1984. 

After winning the Stanley Cup for what would be the first of five in seven years - and with his roots calling him - Mark "The Moose" Messier felt compelled to bring hockey's holy grail to the Bruin Inn, a historically famous local bar in the city alongside his fellow Oiler, Lowe. Atop the entrance of the infrastructure and overlooking parts of St. Albert, hunched a fibreglass bear, then an iconic display of the since-demolished then rebuilt foundation. Ironically enough, it was a moose - The Moose - built of some parts blood, water, flesh and a whole lot of heart, and his teammate that somehow summoned throngs of denizens to the watering hole that very day.


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