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Oil Country celebrates Hockey Day in Canada

by staff / Edmonton Oilers
Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge

The Edmonton Oilers took part in Hockey Day in Canada across the entire province of Alberta on Saturday, joining events in Calgary and as far north as Fort McMurray.

In Calgary, the Oilers hosted Bill Dawe, Captain of the Waterloo Mercurys of Edmonton, at the game.

The Mercurys won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1952 for Canada, the last Canadian team to do so until Pat Quinn's Canadian squad accomplished the feat in Salt Lake City in 2002. On Saturday morning, the Oilers flew Dawe down to the game where he got to meet Quinn following the team's morning skate.

After catching up with Quinn, Dawe spoke with Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, who was also an architect of that 2002 Canadian team. He then talked hockey with the Oilers' two Olympians - Denis Grebeshkov and Lubomir Visnovsky - before enjoying the game that night between Edmonton and Calgary. Afterwards, Dawe flew back to Edmonton on the Oilers charter.


Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge, along with Dave Semenko, Billy Moores and others were in Fort McMurray to support the AJHL All Star Weekend and the community of Fort McMurray – an important part of Oil Country.

LaForge was the keynote speaker at the banquet addressing over 425 hockey fans, players and volunteers.

The Oilers provided various items for the fans attending the games and events over the weekend, including the donation of several auction items.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation made a contribution to the United Way of Fort McMurray to assist with their ongoing efforts.
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