What an unforgettable week in Oil Country! As if it wasn’t enough that the team completed a perfect five-game homestand and moved within a point of a playoff spot, we also honoured the architect of the Oilers dynasty on Friday with Glen Sather’s banner raising ceremony. Needless to say, Oilers fans were all over social media celebrating Slats’ legacy and the winning streak. Here’s our weekly roundup of all the action!
As we get ready to bid farewell to Rexall Place, the final banner to be raised to its hallowed rafters belongs to the legendary former coach and GM. The man simply and affectionately known as “Slats” was surrounded by his family, friends, colleagues and Hall of Fame former players on Friday night as he gave a heartfelt speech to the packed house and watched in awe as his banner went up. Once the ceremony was complete, the Oilers paid homage to Sather’s high-scoring dynasty squad by putting up seven goals in a 7-5 win over the New York Rangers. Hockey fans around the world celebrated the historic night with the #WelcomeHomeSlats
On the first Monday of every month, we’ve partnered with the preferred builder of the Oilers, Coventry Homes, to showcase our fans’ pets and raise funds for the Edmonton Humane Society. For every like, comment or share the featured photo gets on Facebook, and for every retweet and like it receives on Twitter, Coventry Homes will donate $1 to support EHS! The goal for the season is $25,000, and Tracy Thompson’s furry friend Bella helped us get closer to that target earlier this week. Want your pet to be featured next month? Tweet your photo to @edmontonoilers
with the hashtag #OilersPets
, use that hashtag on Instagram or post your pic on our Facebook page
The festive season is kicking into high gear and your #HockeyHolidays
photos have been coming in hot like Santa and his reindeer hurdling through the night sky! How are you incorporating the Oilers into your holiday festivities? Send us your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag, or post them on our Facebook page
! We’ll continue to share our favourites, and a few lucky fans will win an Oilers-themed holiday prize pack!
GIF OF THE WEEK
Between iconic Glen Sather banner raising highlights and some epic Oilers victories, there was no shortage of GIF-able moments this week. Though it was next to impossible to narrow down our favourites, here are a few of the best. As always, if you see a moment you’d like us to capture in a GIF, tweet them to me (@ryanfrankson
) or @edmontonoilers
, and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
OIL COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT
This week’s featured fan photo comes from the northern reaches of Oil Country courtesy the biggest Oilers fan in the Northwest Territories, season seat holder Mike Soloy. Five-year-old fans Gavin and Josh travelled with their dads all the way from Yellowknife to take in Friday’s game and, of course, had to get a photo in front of the iconic doors. Get your photos into our spotlight by including @edmontonoilers in your tweets and Instagram posts, or posting them on our Facebook page.