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Oilers announce Glen Sather banner raising celebration details

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
(EDMONTON) – The Edmonton Oilers announced today details surrounding the banner raising celebration of legendary coach, general manager and executive Glen Sather.


Over the course of two days, from December 10 to 11, 2015, Sather will be honoured in a series of events culminating in a banner raising ceremony prior to the Oilers December 11, 2015 home game vs. the New York Rangers.

“We are excited to roll out the details for Glen Sather’s banner raising celebration. We are delighted to host Glen and his family in Edmonton for what will be a very special time for him, our organization and the city,” said Oilers Entertainment Group CEO Bob Nicholson. “It is going to be a wonderful two days where Oilers fans, the public, the Oilers organization, our legendary alumni, Glen’s contemporaries and others will help celebrate the career of a true hockey legend.”

The banner ceremony will be an evening to remember as Sather and his family will be joined by fellow banner honourees Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Rod Phillips as his banner is raised to the hallowed rafters of Rexall Place.  

Sather will also be joined by past and present National Hockey League colleagues Cliff Fletcher, Barry Fraser, Ted Green, Bruce MacGregor, John Muckler, Lou Nanne, Craig Patrick, David Poile, Doug Risebrough and other special guests.
 
Fans are encouraged to come to Rexall Place early for that evening’s game to ensure they are in their seats when the ceremony begins at 6:20pm.

As a part of the celebration, the City of Edmonton will honour Glen Sather at a public event on December 10, 2015 at the Winspear Centre, allowing Oilers fans from across Oil Country a chance to offer their congratulations.

There will also be a special Gala Dinner at the Shaw Conference Centre with net proceeds going to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Details of the Glen Sather celebrations:

December 10, 2015
12:15pm:City of Edmonton Public Celebration for Glen Sather
Winspear Centre Foyer
Details: The public is invited to an event honouring Glen Sather

1:30pm: Media Availability with Glen Sather
Winspear Centre Founders Room (Second Floor)
Details: The Oilers will host a media availability with Glen Sather

7:00pm: Glen Sather Tribute Gala Dinner
Shaw Conference Centre - Hall D
Details: OEG will host a Tribute Dinner for Glen Sather
A limited number of tables go on sale Friday, November 6 at 10:00am
Net proceeds to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
To purchase a table ($3,500 for a table of 10) email: oilersfoundation@edmontonoilers.com

December 11, 2015
10:00am: Edmonton Oilers/New York Rangers morning skate
Details: Glen Sather will attend both the Oilers and Rangers morning skates

5:30pm: Doors Open to Rexall Place

6:20pm: Sather Banner Ceremony
Details: A special pre-game ceremony honouring Glen Sather

7:00pm: Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Rangers
Details: Game broadcast on Sportsnet West and 630CHED

Sather will become the ninth Oiler to have a banner raised by the team, joining Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and long-time radio broadcaster Rod Phillips in the hallowed rafters of Rexall Place.

Sather, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, was one of the great coaches and managers in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), winning four Stanley Cups as President, General Manager and Head Coach (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988) and a fifth Stanley Cup in 1990 as President and General Manager, all with the Oilers.

In 10 NHL seasons playing with the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota North Stars, Sather accumulated 192 points (80G, 112A) and 724 penalty minutes in 658 career games. He also appeared in 72 playoff games, recording six points (1G, 5A) and 86 penalty minutes.

Sather played one season with the Edmonton Oilers in 1976-77 as members of the World Hockey Association (WHA), posting 53 points (19G, 34A) and 77 penalty minutes. He also played in five playoff games, registering two points (1G, 1A) and two penalty minutes.

The High River, Alberta native was named ‘Player-Coach” of the Oilers with 18 games remaining in the 1976-77 WHA season. In Sather’s first game as ‘Player-Coach”, the Oilers defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 5-4, with Sather scoring the game-winning goal. Sather retired from playing after the 1976-77 season but remained as Head Coach of the team. After leading the Oilers to the playoffs in their inaugural NHL season in 1979-80, Sather was promoted to Head Coach and General Manager, serving in that role until the 1984-85 season. From 1985-89, Sather remained as Head Coach but shared the duties with John Muckler, winning the Jack Adams Trophy in 1985-86 as the NHL’s Coach of the Year. Following the 1988-89 season, Sather relinquished his role as Head Coach but remained as the team’s General Manager, guiding the Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup in the 1989-90 season.

Sather ranks nineteenth in regular season coaching wins all-time in the NHL. Teams under Sather’s direction as Head Coach had winning records eight out of 11 seasons.

Outside the NHL, Sather achieved success and was instrumental in building championship-winning teams for Canada at the 1984 Canada Cup and the 1994 World Hockey Championship, as well as helping Team Canada reach the finals at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Sather was also responsible for creating the Oilers legacy of community and philanthropic involvement by its players and staff. The signature accomplishment being Sather and his wife Ann’s efforts, with the Edmonton Eskimos, in the Carnival of Champions that helped raise money for a new centre of excellence in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, sport- and exercise-related injuries. In recognition for his efforts, the clinic is named the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic.

EDMONTON OILERS BANNER RAISING GAMES

PLAYER NUMBER DATE
Al Hamilton    3 October 10, 1980 vs. Quebec Nordiques
(Banner raised in 2001)
Wayne Gretzky  99 October 1, 1999 vs. New York Rangers
Jari Kurri 17 October 6, 2001 vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Grant Fuhr 31 October 9, 2003 vs. San Jose Sharks
Paul Coffey    7 October 18, 2005 vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Mark Messier 11 February 27, 2007 vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Glenn Anderson  9 January 18, 2009 vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Rod Phillips 3542 March 29, 2011 vs. Los Angeles Kings

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