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Oilers announce 'Oilers & Friends Softball Classic'

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Tom Gilbert will be one of 20 Oilers playing softball.

(Photo by Andy Devlin, Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
When Canadian rock superstar Bryan Adams takes to the stage on Friday of the Labour Day long weekend, it’s just the beginning of Oilers Face Off 2009 at TELUS Field.
The following day, Saturday, September 5, a FULL TEAM LINEUP of Edmonton Oilers players and coaches will take to the diamond with a number of invited friends to play a charity softball event presented by CORUS Radio Edmonton, CISN, Joe FM, and 630 CHED.

20 Edmonton Oilers players have committed to the Oilers & Friends Softball Classic along with Head Coach Pat Quinn, and assistants Tom Renney and Kelly Buchberger.

Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky, Fernando Pisani, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Tom Gilbert, Jason Strudwick, and the rest of the Oilers lineup will welcome all Edmonton fans to TELUS Field to officially start the 2009-10 Oilers hockey season.

The Oilers players and coaches will be joined Saturday, September 5th by a number of friends of the Oilers from the entertainment and sports world. Oilers fans and supporters will be interactive with the players all day at TELUS Field.

Oilers Fans in attendance Saturday wearing an Oilers Jersey of any vintage will have a chance to be selected to:
  • Be in the group Team Photo at the conclusion of the game
  • Be a ‘dugout buddy’ for the day
  • Join 500 Oilers season seat holders who have won a meet and greet following the game
  • And the GRAND PRIZE – One Lucky Fan wearing and Oilers Jersey will win a pair of 2009-10 Oilers Season Seats!
The doors to TELUS field will open at 12 noon September 5th. The day begins with an Oilers ‘home run’ derby, on field interviews with Coach Pat Quinn and question and answer sessions with fans and players.

Tickets for the Oilers & Friends Softball Classic will go on sale Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ca and via charge-by-phone at 780-451-8000.  Tickets will be priced at $20.00, with $5.00 of the ticket price directed to charity through the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Oilers Season Seat Holders also have the opportunity to win their way in to the Oilers & Friends Softball Classic.   Five hundred premium seats have been designated for a special Oilers Season Seat Holder “Get Lucky” Draw which will also include a post game on-field meet and greet with the players. Details will be communicated directly to Season Seat Holders.

“There is no pitch I can’t hit.” exclaimed Oilers captain Ethan Moreau. “Unless Jose Lima from the Capitals is brought in as a ‘ringer’ my little league skills will get me through.”
Oilers veteran Steve Staios added, “I’m in the back yard with my son right now practicing.  He’s pitching and I’m hitting them to the end of the block.  I’ll be ready for the home run derby.”

Friday, September 4th, Bryan Adams and his full band will ‘rock the river’ at TELUS Field.  Then Saturday, September 5th, Face Off 2009 continues with the ‘Edmonton Oilers & Friends Softball Classic’.
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