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PRINCIPE: A Very Merry Oilers Christmas

by Gene Principe / Edmonton Oilers
Photo by Andy Devlin | Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club

Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even an Edmonton Oilers spouse.


The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas and a playoff spot soon would be there.

If I were Santa Claus, with the help of my elves, this is what the Edmonton Oilers would find in their stocking or under the tree on Christmas morning:

Peter Chiarelli — A phone and a great plan from Rogers. The President/GM appears to always be on the phone working on the next deal to help out the Oilers.

Todd McLellan and his coaching staff — Watches so they can keep track of how much time it takes Todd, Jay Woodcroft, Jim Johnson, Ian Herbers, Dustin Schwartz and Myles Fee to have a full and desired impact on the team.

Andrej Sekera — Pronunciation guide that he can photocopy and hand out to announcers and fans so they get his name right.

Taylor Hall — Aretha Franklin's R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Instead of worrying about any minor issues in his game it's time to focus on him being on the verge of a bona fide NHL star.

Mark Fayne — Video highlights of his days with New Jersey. Just to remind him that he can make an impact with his abilites in the Oilers end of the ice.

Griffin Reinhart — Plane ticket to Edmonton sometime soon in 2016.

Nail Yakupov — Hammer so he can pound out all the criticism of his game. A really nice kid who will show what he can do upon his return.

Rob Klinkhammer — Ankle braces so he can 'Nail' down the problem that has kept him out of the lineup for most of the season.

Jordan Eberle — Warm set of mitts so he can have a hot set of hands after the break.

Teddy Purcell — Hall and Oates records because he's on a line with Hall and works with Oates (Adam).

Justin Schultz — Book on confidence. It's the biggest thing missing from him becoming the player Edmonton signed in 2012.

Luke Gazdic — A regular spot in the lineup (he's played in nine straight) for maybe the most popular guy on the team.

Andrew Ference — Games. Not Monopoly, Risk or Snakes and Ladders but NHL games for one of the good guys in hockey.

Matt Hendricks — Cloning machine so he can make more Matt Hendricks type players for Edmonton to insert in their lineup.

Darnell Nurse — The game 'Operation'. This Nurse has really helped the Oilers health on the blueline.

Iiro Pakarinen — The Macarena so his twins (Frida and Frans) can one day do the Pakarinen. Hey Pakarinen...

Lauri Korpikoski — Swiss Army Knife because then he would own something just as versatile as he is with the Oilers.

Leon Drasaitl — Traditional German Christmas involving 'Oh Tannenbaum', a beer stein, Rouladen, red cabbage and potato dumplings.

Anton Lander — A goal. He's earned it.

Mark Letestu — A football to go with his face mask.

Eric Gryba — A razor so he can shave and then grow that beard back in time for the playoffs (it's Christmas, be nice).

Benoit Pouliot — Cowboy boots for his 'Line Dancing' on the Oilers.

Oscar Klefbom — A copy of GQ. The magazine he'd be on before his model good looks were impacted by a stick/puck to the face.

Nikita Nikitin — Nursery rhyme 'Rub a Dub, Dub'. He needs a Butcher and Candlestick maker. He's already had the 'Baker'sfield.

Brandon Davidson — Set of ribs after the Blake Comeau cross check and continued health after his full recovery from cancer.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — As much food as he wants to eat so he can put on a little more weight.

Connor McDavid — A Christmas card from Michael Del Zotto/Brandon Manning saying I'm sorry we didn't help you out a little more on November 3rd...and the strongest clavicle a plate and screws can rebuild.

He sprang to his sleigh and Todd McLellan gave a whistle,
And away they all skated without even a bristle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
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