|For the first time in 20 years, the Oilers introduced each player one-by-one as they came on the ice. (photo: Andy Devlin/EOHC)
The sold out crowd of 16,839 fans roared Go Oilers Go! as the lights went down to begin the 2009-2010 season at Rexall Place Saturday night.
The exciting pre-game festivities began with a woman from Cirque Eloize skating out onto the ice grabbing onto two ribbons. She spun herself a web and spun way up into the middle of the rink about 25-30 feet above the ice. Twirling and flying through the air tangled up in ribbons, the crowd watched in awe.
A few minutes later, another acrobat came out and took the ropes to continue the show. He spun up even higher than she had spinning and spinning out of control to the music of the Celtic band.
The band sported authentic kilts and were stacked with bag pipes. They shook the stadium as the hyped crowd sat mesmerized by the spinning acrobats. The violinist was floating through the air on a swing above the band, spinning upside down and around and around while she played along with the bag pipes.
After the gymnasts finally set their feet onto the ice all eyes were turned to the season opener video on the jumbo-tron. Video highlights played to music showing years of history and what we can expect from the 2009-2010 Oilers.
When the emotional highlight video was finished, the fans cheered and chanted Lets Go Oilers rumbling Rexall Place waiting for the players to take the ice.
For the first time in 20 years, the Edmonton Oilers introduced each and every player onto the ice. Their names and native hometowns were announced as they took their place on the blue line. The ice was lit up on both ends with huge profiles of each player and their signatures displayed on the jumbo-tron. Captain Ethan Moreau was last to step onto the ice. He too seemed to have the jitters for opening night as he tripped and nearly slid into the lineup!
The opening night festivities concluded with Alberta’s Minister of Finance Iris Evans and Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge taking to the ice for the ceremonial puck drop. With that, the Oilers 2009-2010 was underway. The crowd once again showing their support with their thunderous Oilers chants!