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IN DEPTH: Ryan's Roots

Ryan Strome's summer schedule is packed making up for lost time during the season with his parents and brothers in Mississauga, Ontario. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

RYAN'S ROOTS

BY JAMIE UMBACH

It's a rare occurrence finding Ryan Strome indoors during the summer months at his home in Mississauga, Ontario, but you wouldn't be hard-pressed finding him nearby.

His schedule, contrary to popular opinion surrounding NHL players and the off-season, is packed enough as is training for the new season and making up for lost time with his brothers and extended family that now includes his fiancée Sydney.

"We're actually a lot busier with training and family commitments than during the season," the Oilers centre said. "I train with a bunch of ex-Oilers like Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall, and also John Tavares and Jeff Skinner. We got a good group. It's pretty close to here and we skate and work out together. We kind of keep our group small, stay under the radar a little bit and do our thing.

"Then we're over at her parents' place for dinner at least twice a week, and Sunday nights are usually for Strome family dinners."

Luckily for them and Ryan's parents Trish and Chris, they're never far away during the summer in their own small pocket of Mississauga near the shores of Lake Ontario after putting down roots no more than five minutes from both their childhood homes.

On the same streets and in the same arenas he and his brothers Dylan and Matthew grew up skating in as members of the Toronto Marlboros, Ryan puts the finishing touches on preparing to depart for his sixth NHL season and second as an Edmonton Oiler.

Our scheduled rival at their home on a Sunday afternoon in August is already a deviation from the regular routine of the self-proclaimed homebodies who like keeping it contained within their own sphere of friends and family. That's usually enough work in itself.

"It can be a lot to handle," said Sydney, whose family lived close to the Strome's before she met Ryan four years ago and became engaged earlier this summer. "We both love our families and friends a lot, spending as much time as we can with them."

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FEATURE: Marody eager for first NHL experience

Forward skated with Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic on the Oilers third line on Monday and could potentially be in the lineup against the Pens on Tuesday

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Cooper Marody couldn't fully express his excitement.

He had to think back to the past when he was a child working on his craft at home in Michigan to find the words to say when asked about the prospect of playing his first career National Hockey League game, which could come Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I can't really put it into words," Marody, who skated on the Oilers third line with Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic, said. 

"You dream about this as a kid. All the long days on the ice rink in my backyard working, shooting pucks in the garage and stuff like that is starting to pay off here."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Cooper and Blue 10.22.18

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IN DEPTH: The Global Game

Oilers fans traveled from near and far to converge in Cologne and Gothenburg and support their team in the NHL Global Series

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

It was the perfect NHL Global Series moment.

As if eight-year-old Isak Axelsson's day could have gotten any better.

Decked out in his brand new Global Series hat and bright orange and blue Edmonton Oilers hoodie, Isak and his mom had arrived at a Gothenburg pizza café a couple of blocks away from the Scandinavium arena.

They had just finished watching Isak's hockey heroes skate during their open practice at the Scandinavium, one day prior to their first 2018-19 regular season game against the New Jersey Devils.

Hockey. Pizza. Quality time with mom. How do you improve on that?

Enter Swedish-born defencemen Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson, arriving at the café to shoot an episode of Oilers TV's new series The Drill.

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IN DEPTH: Leon the Leader

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

THE FOREWORD

BY HANNIBAL WEITZMAN

Leon and I started playing hockey together when we were five or six years old and we liked each other right away.
 
Since then, we've been best friends. We skate together, we vacation together. Our whole families are really close friends too.
 
Him and the Edmonton Oilers coming to play us in German is probably one of the biggest events ever for our city.
 
Leon's success has pushed German hockey big time. It's opened so many doors for young players.
 
They want to go overseas like he did and try to make it in the NHL.

 

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FEATURE: Strome finds his fit

Oilers centre established his position on the ice and home off it after signing a two-year deal with the Oilers

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Strome marked his territory.

Both on the ice and in Alberta's capital after inking a two-year deal worth $6.2 million with the Oilers organization on Friday.

"For the first time in my career, I've found a little bit of a home," the 24-year-old said by phone from a friend's cottage in Prince Edward Island. "Towards the end of the season, I started to really feel comfortable. 

"I told my agent, 'I'm a big believer in what's going on in Edmonton.'"

Video: SJS@EDM: Strome nets 10,000th goal in Oilers history

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FEATURE: Rieder's reunion

Tobias Rieder's return to Edmonton sees a reunion of two kinds

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Signing a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on the first day of NHL Free Agency marked a reunion of a couple kinds for German forward Tobias Rieder. The first of which is a return to the organization that drafted him in the fourth round and 114th-overall in 2011.

What the Oilers liked about the speedy winger back in 2011 is what brought him back into the organization's fold, albeit under a different regime.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Free Agency Day

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FEATURE: Gravel eyes opportunity with Oilers in healthy state

Oilers free agent signee Kevin Gravel looks ahead to his opportunity with the organization, without his health holding him back

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It was right around this time last year when defenceman Kevin Gravel was experiencing the symptoms of what would later be diagnosed as Crohn's disease - an inflammatory disease that causes fatigue, weight loss and pain.

"It hit me last summer," said Gravel by phone after inking a one-year deal with the Oilers Sunday. "Almost exactly a year ago today."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Free Agency Day

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FEATURE: McLellan gets a 'fresh base' to work with in his return

Oilers Head Coach convinced that he, Peter Chiarelli and the organization can return to success

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - There was going to be an announcement. The only unknown was when.

But on Friday, Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli declared coaching changes.

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In Depth: Man of Steel

This week's In Depth is on defenceman Darnell Nurse knocking on the door of National Hockey League prominence

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

THE FOREWORD

BY MAX KERMAN, ARKELLS

I love watching Darnell play.

In 2013, we were opening for The Tragically Hip in Sault Ste. Marie, and this tall kid introduces himself to me at the merch booth, saying he's from Hamilton. It was Darnell! Since then I've watched with pride his ascent through the OHL and to the pros.

When we play in Edmonton, he brings his teammates to the show. During the summer when he's home, we'll find time to hang at an Arkells show. A sweet memory was a dinner at Paul Coffey's cottage last summer in Muskoka. It felt good to be around such fine company and to keep finding each other in different places.

People in Hamilton are always proud of our native sons and daughters who go out in to the world and do things. What the Nurse family has collectively accomplished in sports is remarkable.

In South Korea at this year's Winter Olympics, we had a chance to hang with his cousin Sarah who plays for the Canadian women's hockey team - she exhibited all the things I like about Darnell. They're humble, hard-working and ready to perform.

Whether you're a musician or an athlete, you're just looking for an opportunity to prove you're capable of performing on the biggest stage.

Every time Darnell is matched up against the toughest competition, he offers grit, consistency and maturity. These are skills that'll serve him for a long time as a pro.

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IN DEPTH: Trailblazer

This week's In Depth is on Ryan Strome and the path that brought him and his brothers to the NHL

by Meg Tilley / EdmontonOilers.com

FOREWORD

BY DYLAN STROME

Ryan was flying from Toronto to Chicago, I was flying from Arizona to Chicago. We were on the plane at the same time.

As soon as I landed I saw he messaged me, "Text me when you land."

I didn't even check Twitter, I just responded, "I landed."

He called me right away, as soon as I had touched the ground, and he just told me he got traded. Then I checked Twitter and obviously, it was right there, the first thing I saw was that.

It was kind of my first reaction, he's joked with me before that he got traded, so I needed to make sure on Twitter that it was actually true.

He was over the moon and excited to be an Oiler. He was very excited and I was very excited for him. The opportunity he's going to get, how good Edmonton is and how good the players are, and obviously a pretty special player he gets to play with, it's pretty cool. 

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