The Oilers may have been on their bye week, but it was still a busy time in the Oil Country social media sphere! We fill you in on one Oilers player embarking on an ambitious charitable effort, while also checking in on other players to see what they were up to during their five-day rest. And, as always, we've got our top GIFs of the week and fan spotlight!
Eric Gryba's beard became quite a celebrity this week as the Oilers blueliner launched a fundraiser in support of Teammates For Kids, which is the charity of country music superstar Garth Brooks, who just happens to be arriving in Edmonton late next week to play nine shows at Rogers Place! We introduced Gryba's idea on our Facebook page and quickly hit the original goal of 5,000 likes, which means he will donate $5,000 to the charity and shave his beard later this week. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will also be contributing $2,500, and Garth announced Thursday he too will kick in $5,000 if the post can reach 25,000 likes. We're almost there, so if you haven't liked Gryba's video yet, please do!
BYE BYE BYE
Oilers players spent their bye week in a variety of ways, mostly travelling to tropical (plus one not-so tropical) destinations. Cam and Kelly Talbot jetted off to California for their first-ever flight with the twins, Connor McDavid spent some quality time with his girlfriend, Brandon Davidson and Laurent Brossoit headed to Arizona, while Gryba took the opposite approach, venturing up to Northern Alberta for some ice fishing. Five days off were enough for Leon Draisaitl, as he expressed his excitement to get back.
GIFS OF THE WEEK
With only one game since our last check-in, our selection of top GIFs was limited, but it was quality over quantity from Sunday's 1-0 win vs. Montreal! Leon Draisaitl tallied the shootout winner while Cam Talbot turned aside every shot he faced to earn his fifth shutout of the season. We'll toss in a big hit from Patrick Maroon just for good measure!
OIL COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT
We're going all the way to the Land of the Rising Sun for this week's spotlight! Stick-taps to Oilers fan Sean who rocked his Maroon jersey while skiing in Japan. Want to see your photos or videos in our spotlight next week? Make sure you tag @edmontonoilers in your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts!