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Oilers rookies set to face Golden Bears at Rexall Place

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today the annual matchup between the Oilers rookies and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) champions, the University of Alberta Golden Bears, is set for Wednesday, September 16. For the first time in the game’s history, the two teams will shift from Clare Drake Arena and face off at Rexall Place starting at 7:00 p.m. For $30 each, tickets are available for purchase through edmontonoilers.com, as well as at all Ticketmaster locations starting Friday, August 28 at 10:00 AM.

Last year, the Oilers rookies were victorious in a 4-2 win over the CIS National Championship winning Golden Bears. Kellen Jones, Bogdan Yakimov, Travis Ewanyk and Mitch Holmberg scored for the Oilers leading them to victory and bringing the Oilers record to 11-13, while T.J. Foster and James Dobrowolski tallied goals for the Bears.

The previous 24 tilts were all played at the U of A’s historic Clare Drake Arena, and the Golden Bears, who are coming off their second straight CIS championship title, won 13 of those 24 games. While the history of the game itself dates back to 1988, a win for the U of A against the Oilers rookies has proven to be good luck, as the Bears have won a national championship title and a game against the Oilers rookies in the same season six times; coming in 1991-92, 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, and 2013-14, while losses to the Oilers rookies paired with national titles occurred in 1999-2000 and last year in 2015.

Current Oilers that have played in the game since the annual tradition started in 1988, include Jordan Eberle (2008 and 2009) and Oscar Klefbom (2013).

GOLDEN BEARS vs. EDMONTON OILERS ROOKIES

1987-88 to 2014-15


DATE RESULT GWG GOALTENDERS ATTENDANCE OILERS RECORD
Sept. 14, 1988 L. 5-2 Howie Draper Blair MacGregor (W)/Gavin Armstrong (L) 1,620 0-1-0
Sept. 13, 1989 L. 7-6 Brett Cox John Krill (W)/Mike Greenlay 1,412 0-2-0
Sept. 12, 1990 W. 4-6 Shjon Podein Gavin Armstrong (L)/Alexander Tyzhnych (W) 877 1-2-0
Sept. 12, 1991 L. 6-3 Todd Goodwin Scott Ironside (W)/Andrew Verner (L) 1,151 1-3-0
Sept. 15, 1992 *W. 5-7 Tyler Wright Scott Ironside (L)/Joaquin Gage (W) 1,636 2-3-0
Sept. 13, 1993 W. 5-6 Dean McAmmond Brian Harley (L)/Fred Brathwaite (W) 2,323 3-3-0
Sept. 14, 1994 W. 4-11 Ryan Black Dale Masson (L)/Greg Louder (W) 2,539 4-3-0
Sept. 14, 1995 W. 1-6 Marko Tuomainen Dale Masson (L)/Mike Minard (W) 2,761 5-3-0
Sept. 11, 1996 L. 4-3 (OTS) Aaron Zarowny Craig Hordal (W)/Mike Minard (L) 2,164 5-4-0
Sept. 13, 1997 W. 2-7 Ron Pasco Craig Hordal (L)/Alex Fomitchev (W) 3,196 6-4-0
Sept. 9, 1998 L. 4-3 (OT) Mike McGhan Ryan Hoople (W)/Patrick Dovigi (L) 1,883 6-5-0
Sept. 8, 1999 *W. 1-4 Paul Comrie Chris Noble (L)/Curtis Sanford (W) 2,669 7-5-0
Sept. 12, 2000 *W. 2-5 Shaun Norrie Greg Tooke (L)/Scott Myers (W) 3,317 8-5-0
Sept. 16, 2001 L. 7-2 Steve Shrum Clayton Pool (W)/Ty Conklin (L) 2,116 8-6-0
Sept. 18, 2002 L. 4-0 Kevin Marsh Clayton Pool (W)/Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (L) 3,426 8-7-0
Sept. 16, 2003 L. 2-0 Jeff Zorn Clayton Pool (W)/Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (L) 3,396 8-8-0
Sept. 14, 2004 L. 8-2 Jonathan Hobson B.J. Boxma (W)/Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (L) 1,528 8-9-0
Sept. 11, 2005 *L. 5-4 (OT) Brian Ballman Blake Grenier (W)/Devan Dubnyk (L) 3,009 8-10-0
Sept. 12, 2006 *W. 3-6 Frederik Pettersson Blake Grenier (L)/Devan Dubnyk (W) 3,009 9-10-0
Sept. 10, 2007 L. 2-1 Ben Kilgour Blake Grenier (W)/Devan Dubnyk (L) 3,009 9-11-0
Sept. 15, 2008 *W. 3-2 Marc-Andre Bernier Aaron Sorochan (L)/Andrew Perugini (W) 3,009 10-11-0
Sept. 11, 2009 L. 4-3 Sean Ringrose Real Cyr (W)/Olivier Roy (L) 3,009 10-12-0
Sept. 10, 2013 *L.4-3 Sean Ringrose Kurtis Mucha (W)/Tyler Bunz (L) 3,009 10-13-0
Sept. 17, 2014 *W.4-2 Travis Ewanyk Kurtis Mucha (L)/Laurent Brossoit (W) 3,009 11-13-0

*CIS national championship seasons


SERIES COACHES
SEASON ALBERTA OILERS ROOKIES OILERS RESULT OILERS RECORD
1988-89 Clare Drake Ted Green L. 5-2 0-1-0
1989-90 Bill Moores Don MacAdam L. 7-6 0-2-0
1990-91 Bill Moores Don MacAdam W. 4-6 1-2-0
1991-92 Bill Moores Don MacAdam L. 6-3 1-3-0
1992-93 Bill Moores George Burnett W. 5-7 2-3-0
1993-94 Bill Moores George Burnett W. 5-6 3-3-0
1994-95 Peter Esdale Peter Mahovlich W. 4-11 4-3-0
1995-96 Rob Daum Lorne Molleken W. 1-6 5-3-0
1996-97 Rob Daum Lorne Molleken L. 4-3 (OTS) 5-4-0
1997-98 Rob Daum Lorne Molleken W. 2-7 6-4-0
1998-99 Rob Daum Walt Kyle L.4-3 (OT) 6-5-0
1999-00 Rob Daum Walt Kyle W. 1-4 7-5-0
2000-01 Rob Daum Claude Julien W. 2-5 8-5-0
2001-02 Rob Daum Claude Julien L. 7-2 8-6-0
2002-03 Rob Daum Claude Julien L. 4-0 8-7-0
2003-04 Rob Daum Geoff Ward L. 2-0 8-8-0
2004-05 Rob Daum Craig Simpson L. 8-2 8-9-0
2005-06 Eric Thurston Geoff Ward L. 5-4 (OT) 8-10-0
2006-07 Eric Thurston Kelly Buchberger W. 3-6 9-10-0
2007-08 Eric Thurston Kelly Buchberger W. 3-2 10-11-0
2009-10 Eric Thurston Rob Daum L. 4-3 10-12-0
2013-14 Ian Herbers Todd Nelson L. 4-3 10-13-0
2014-15 Ian Herbers Todd Nelson W. 4-2 11-13-0
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