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“It’s a Wrap” for The Voice of the Oilers

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Rod Phillips calling a game at Rexall Place. (Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
On March 29, 2011 when the Oilers take on the Los Angeles Kings, Rod Phillips, the original ‘Voice of the Oilers” will slide behind the microphone to call his final Oilers game.  The Oilers will dedicate the night to Rod as he calls the final game in the ‘Rod’s Classics’ series of 10 games this year, and recognize Rod in a special pre-game ceremony to acknowledge his contribution to hockey over the last 37 years.

"Rod's Classics”
games have been something for all Oilers fans to be a part of this year; personally every game brought back many memories and I'll bet the listeners also had the same déjà vu,” said Kevin Lowe Oilers President, Hockey Operations. “What a great way to put a ribbon around a Hall of Fame career that covered five Stanley Cups. I know Rod will have many emotions on March 29 when he does his final game but I really hope the emotion he feels the most is happiness - he deserves it.  He'll say he's been fortunate to call our games for 37 years, but I feel strongly that we were so very lucky to have Rod Phillips on our team."

Since he began broadcasting Oilers games in 1973, when the Oilers were part of the World Hockey Association, Rod Phillips has personally witnessed every great Oilers WHA & NHL moment. March 29 will officially mark Rod’s 3542 game which includes 251 NHL Playoff games, 2403 NHL regular season games, 5 Stanley Cup Championships, 9 NHL Playoff Game 7s and 7 NHL Conference Championships.

In 2003, Rod Phillips was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, which caused him to miss his first Oilers game on the night of the induction ceremony in Toronto. Rod was awarded the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to his profession and the game of hockey during at the Hall of Fame induction.

Rod announced his retirement at the end of the 2009-10 season, but agreed to return this season for 10 games to broadcast ‘Rod’s Classics’.  To commemorate ‘Rod’s Classics’ featuring Rod calling Oilers games against opponents  the Oilers played in Standly Cup finals, Playoff series and significant historic Oilers games in the past 30 years, the Oilers are creating a ‘Rod’s Classics’ DVD for distribution later this spring. The DVD will feature Rod’s calls, interviews with NHL greats and some of the greatest audio and video moments in Oilers history. Details about the distribution of the ‘Rod’s Classics’ DVD will be announced at the end of the season.

A limited number of tickets remain available for Rod Phillips’ final game on March 29.

Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, Cenovus Energy and Ford.
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