For the Oilers alumni who had the honour to be among those named as the top 100 players in NHL history, the memories of their careers and their hockey idols came flooding back Friday night in Los Angeles. The NHL recognized their list of 100 players and among them was Mark Messier, an Oilers legend.
Even for one who has seen so much history in his own career, Messier was still blown away by the nostalgia of the evening.
"I grew up watching a lot of these players on TV, I grew up playing against a lot of players and grew up playing with a lot of these players," said Messier. "You talk about one big, long, walking memory. Everywhere you look, you see someone you competed with or played with. In that regard, it's like taking a walk down memory lane of 26 years."
Fellow former Oilers Jari Kurri felt much of the same.
"Oh, man. A lot of great memories and a lot of players that I idolized and I watched, you know?," said Kurri. "And some I haven't had a chance to meet before. To be here with them is amazing. This is an unbelievable group with so much history… and for the NHL to have this kind of history and to be a part of this is unbelievable."