We’re back for the second instalment of the Oilers social media blog! I hope you enjoyed the debut last week and are ready for another jam-packed update on everything going on in Oil Country social media. It was an historic week for the team as we celebrated rookie Connor McDavid scoring his first NHL goal, the debut of a brand new jersey and the final home opener at Rexall Place.
Oil Country was completely swept up in orange on Thursday as the team played its final home opener at Rexall Place, highlighted with the first of seven games this season in the throwback orange jerseys. The WHA-inspired sweaters will be worn for marquee home games during the farewell season, and the next one is Halloween night against the Calgary Flames.
It wasn’t just the players who were rocking the new threads, however. Rexall Place was packed with orange as fans had their first opportunity to don their orange jerseys, t-shirts and scarves (<— thanks to our friends @ScotiaHockey) at a home game this season. The reviews were hugely positive and often rather amusing.
Speaking of orange, last week we launched the #EarnYourOrange contest, hooking seven lucky fans up with some orange Oilers gear in exchange for their excellence in a variety of tasks. We opened the campaign with a poem contest on Twitter, moved to a colouring contest on Snapchat, played “guess the first Oilers goal on home ice” on Facebook and then posted photos of four orange pucks stashed across Edmonton for fans to find.
We had more than 5,200 guesses for the first goal on home ice, but only a handful picked Lauri Korpikoski. And it never ceases to amaze me how quickly Oilers fans rally to participate in our various scavenger hunts, with all four puck winners reaching the destination in about five minutes. Hardcore, you guys!
Once all seven finalists were decided, we held a random draw for the winner of an orange jersey crested with the player of the winner’s choice, and our grand prize champion is Nick Howe. Nick found our puck hidden at Ice District HQ. Congrats, buddy!
A major part of the Rexall Place farewell festivities this season is a salute to a former Oilers player at each home game. From WHA pioneers who were the first to compete at the Coliseum, to members of the 1980s dynasty teams, to fan favourites from the playoff underdog late 1990s/early 2000s squads, to recently-retired icons, 41 players will be honoured. Thursday’s special guest fell into both of those last two categories, as Ryan Smyth was treated to a boisterous standing ovation from the Oil Country faithful.
The man with the legendary mullet, who we affectionately refer to as Captain Canada, also took part in a Twitter Q&A on Thursday, replying to fan questions about his favourite memories from Rexall Place. CLICK HERE
to check out the Q&A and get in on the nostalgia by sharing your favourite Rexall memories, including #FarewellRexallPlace
GIF OF THE WEEK
Oilers rookie Connor McDavid scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday night in Dallas and, of course, our good friend Stephanie (@myregularface) captured the historic moment in a GIF. McDavid deflected an Andrej Sekera point shot past Kari Lehtonen and followed up the goal with a triumphant double fist-pump, earning our favourite GIF honour from the past week. Got a GIF request? Tweet me @ryanfrankson or the main team account @edmontonoilers and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
BLUE JAYS FEVER
All of Canada has rallied behind the Toronto Blue Jays as they go after their third World Series championship, and the Oilers were no exception. The team was lucky enough to be in Dallas on Sunday and Monday ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Stars, and several players attended Game 3 and/or 4 of the ALDS between the Jays and Texas Rangers. Sportsnet captured some priceless footage of our boys celebrating a Troy Tulowitzki home run, and the Oilers were even invited into the Jays clubhouse post-game.
OIL COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT
This week’s fan photo spotlight shines on Lisa Hughes, who sent us this snapshot via Facebook of these adorable little Oilers fans. Do you have a photo you’d like to share with us? Tag @edmontonoilers or use #Oilers or #OilCountry on Twitter and Instagram, or post it on our Facebook page!