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In Depth: The Battle

An in-depth look at the history of the Battle of Alberta

by Marc Ciampa /

"The thing that fascinates me the most, is none of us got killed."

Long-time Calgary Flames forward Jim Peplinski summarized the Oilers-Flames rivalry with a single sentence.

If you ask anyone in hockey, one of the most interesting and oftentimes bitter rivalries of all time has to be the Battle of Alberta.

"If we walked out after the game or before the game and saw one of the opposition, you'd go the other way. You didn't even want to see them," said Kevin Lowe, who suited up for the Oilers from 1979 through 1992 and then again from 1996 to 1998. "And they felt the same way about us."


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