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RELEASE: Oilers Mega 50/50 supports Ben Stelter Fund

EOCF teaming up with Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation to continue the fight against childhood cancer

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation are calling on all Albertans to join the fight against childhood cancer through the Oilers Mega 50/50 in support of the Ben Stelter Fund.

The multi-day raffle started today and runs until 11:00 PM MT on Friday, February 17, with the grand prize jackpot building each day to a potentially record-breaking total. Anyone in Alberta can purchase tickets at EdmontonOilers.com/5050.

In addition to the Mega 50/50, the Oilers will be wearing helmet decals and warmup up jerseys with a STELTER name bar and special Ben patch when they host the New York Rangers on February 17 at Rogers Place. The jerseys, along with other special game-used equipment from Oilers players, including Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, will be auctioned online at a later date with net proceeds supporting the Ben Stelter Fund. Stelter 22 jerseys will also be available in the ICE District Authentics store with a portion of proceeds supporting the fund.

Video: Ben Stelter was honored by the Oilers before game 1

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RELEASE: Oilers, EOCF team up with Canada-Ukraine Foundation

Team will host Stand With Ukraine game on Thursday, January 5 versus New York Islanders including cultural elements and week-long 50/50 raffle

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and Community Foundation are teaming up with the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to support the millions of Ukrainians impacted by the tragic events unfolding in their country.

The Oilers will be showing their unwavering support during the Stand With Ukraine game on Thursday, January 5 versus the New York Islanders. The game will feature a number of Ukrainian cultural elements at Rogers Place including a puck-drop ceremony with Ukrainian families recently relocated to Canada, the national anthem performed by the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton in English and Ukrainian, and limited edition Oilers Stand With Ukraine merchandise will be available for purchase with net proceeds going to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

Limited tickets to the January 5 game are available at EdmontonOilers.com/Tickets.

In addition to the game, the January 3-7 Oilers 50/50 raffle will be in support of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation to help enable the continuing work of the UCC-CUF Humanitarian Appeal in delivering aid including food, medicine and ongoing assistance projects generated by Canadians to Ukraine. 

Raffle tickets are available now at EdmontonOilers.com/5050.

The Oilers are also proud to host the Ukrainian Men's U-25 National Team who are in Alberta as a part of their Hockey Can't Stop Tour. The team is facing off against the University of Alberta Golden Bears tonight at Clare Drake Arena with ticket proceeds also going to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

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"OEG stands in solidarity alongside the people of Ukraine," said Tim Shipton, Executive Vice President, OEG Sports & Entertainment. "The human toll of suffering in Ukraine hits home as Alberta is home more than 345,000 people of Ukrainian heritage. They are our friends and neighbours, their culture and traditions are a significant part of the fabric of our community here in Oil Country. We encourage all Albertans to come together once again through the 50/50 in support of humanitarian efforts in Ukraine when they need it most."

"The UCC-APC is incredibly grateful for OEG's steadfast and unwavering support for Ukraine," said Andriy Tovstiuk, Board Member of the UCC-APC. "These initiatives will not only raise greatly needed aid for Ukraine but will also continue to drive awareness across Alberta for Ukraine's ongoing fight against Russian aggression. We encourage all supporters of democracy, freedom, and international law to purchase tickets for the Oilers 50/50 and the university hockey games in support of Ukraine. Fans are also encouraged to wear Ukraine's colours of blue and yellow in support."

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RELEASE: Shirts Off Our Backs returns to Rogers Place

Oilers holiday tradition supports the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and 30 CHED Santas Anonymous as fans can enter to win player-signed jerseys

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today the annual Shirts Off Our Backs campaign presented by Rogers returns tonight when the Oilers face off against the Washington Capitals at Rogers Place.

Oilers fans in attendance at tonight's game will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to be entered to win a signed Oilers jersey. Following the game, winners will collect their signed jerseys on the ice directly from the corresponding Oilers player.

Net proceeds from the campaign will help the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton continue its mission to provide festive meals to Edmontonians in need this Christmas season, as well as 630 CHED Santas Anonymous in their commitment to bettering the lives of children in Edmonton by delivering the 'spirit of Christmas' to less fortunate families.

Returning this year as Honorary Co-Chairs for the Shirts Off Our Backs campaign are Oilers Legend and Hall of Fame Defencemen, Kevin Lowe, as well as spouses and partners of the Oilers players.

"It has been an especially challenging year for so many people across Oil Country and the support of organizations like the Christmas Bureau and Santas Anonymous is needed now more than ever," said Lowe. "The look of happiness and gratitude on the faces of those who receive a holiday meal or toy shows just how important this initiative is. The kindness and generosity of Oilers fans never ceases to amaze me, and we're all looking forward seeing it on full display once again tonight."

Since 1940, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton has been providing festive meals to Edmonton families, seniors and individuals in need, while 630 CHED Santas Anonymous was founded in 1955 and their mission has always been to see every child receive a new toy at Christmas. 

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase on the concourse of Rogers Place for $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20. Fans who purchase five or more raffle tickets will also be entered to win a team-signed jersey courtesy of Rogers.

A limited number of seats are still available for tonight at EdmontonOilers.com/Tickets.

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RELEASE: Myrna Khan announced as new EOCF Executive Director

Khan brings over 25 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, external relations, corporate sustainability, strategic planning and change management

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is excited to announce that Myrna Khan will be joining the organization as Executive Director.

Born and raised in Oil Country as a passionate Oilers fan, Ms. Khan is an accomplished executive and community steward with an impressive track record of success. An unparalleled community leader and relationship builder, Ms. Khan brings over 25 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, external relations, corporate sustainability, strategic planning and change management to her role. As a leader in corporate sustainability, she spent over a decade guiding some of Canada's largest companies.

"We are thrilled to have Myrna join the EOCF as our new Executive Director connecting her two great passions in life, the Oilers and community building," said Corey Smith, EOCF Board Chair. "As a leader in the industry with a proven track record of success, we are looking forward to working with Myrna on our next strategic plan that will build off our longstanding support from Edmonton Oilers fans and the community at large, while also positioning the EOCF to be an agent for transformational, positive impact in our community. After an extensive search process, we are thrilled to have found a leader with the skill set, experience and passion to lead us forward."

Before joining the EOCF, Ms. Khan held senior leadership positions in a variety of organizations including the CN Rail, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, and most recently MacEwan University's first Vice President of University Relations.

She holds an MBA from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology with distinction from the University of Alberta, and she is member of the CN Edmonton Community Board as well as a board member of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association (EDBA).

Starting her new role on January 9, 2023, she succeeds the previous EOCF Executive Director, Natalie Minckler, who retired this past September after a long and successful tenure with the organization.

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RELEASE: Oilers to host Indigenous Celebration Night

Team will recognize the culture, talent and creativity of Indigenous communities across Oil Country during Monday's game against the Panthers

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - To recognize the culture, talent and creativity of Indigenous communities across Oil Country, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to announce Indigenous Celebration Night on Monday, November 28 when the club hosts the Florida Panthers at Rogers Place.

The Oilers will be joined by a number of distinguished Indigenous leaders and community members for Monday's celebration, which will also feature special in-game host Ashley Callingbull from Enoch Cree Nation, Logan Alexis Singers, Indigenous Children Dancers, Running Thunder Dancers & Drummers and a special Turtle Island opening video, as well as local Indigenous artists, educators, business owners and more throughout Rogers Place.

Oilers players will also be wearing their limited-edition Turtle Island jerseys during pre-game warmup, designed by Edmonton-based Indigenous artist Lance Cardinal, to be auctioned at a later date. Other Turtle Island and Indigenous-themed Oilers merchandise will be available for purchase with net proceeds going to community support charities including Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and Inner City Youth Development Association.

The Oilers are honoured to welcome distinguished elders: International Chief Willie Littlechild, Grand Chief George Arcand Jr. (Treaty 6 First Nations), Grand Chief Arthur Noskey (Treaty 8 First Nations), Audrey Poitras (Metis Nation of Alberta Provincial President), Edna Elias (Inuit Elder, educator and politician) and Kiya Bruno from Samson First Nation will be returning to perform O Canada in both Cree and English.

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RELEASE: Oilers partner with Terry Fox Foundation for HFC

Hockey Fights Cancer toques will be available for purchase during Saturday's game while the EOCF Mega 50/50 will support Terry Fox Foundation's research projects in Alberta

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers are proud to partner with the Terry Fox Foundation for Hockey Fights Cancer on Saturday, Nov. 19 when they face off against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place.

In support of hockey's most important fight, the signature colour of lavender will be on full display throughout Rogers Place and the Oilers will be donning lavender jerseys and stick tape during pre-game warmup, with the jerseys to be auctioned at a later date. Coaches, bench staff and broadcasters will also be wearing lavender ribbons and Hockey Fights Cancer pins, while "I FIGHT FOR" cards will be distributed for fans to personalize and hold up during the pre-game ceremony.

The Oilers will also be hosting a number of Oil Country kids and families currently battling cancer as the night's honoured guests, and Terry Fox's niece Kirsten Fox will be performing the ceremonial puck-drop.

To help fund the continued fight, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will be selling special edition Hockey Fights Cancer toques during the game and the Oilers Mega 50/50 will help support the Terry Fox Foundation's cancer research projects in Alberta with tickets available at EdmontonOilers.com/5050.

"Oil Country is still hurting from the loss of Ben Stelter, and there is not a single family that has not been affected by cancer in some way -- many who have lost kids just like Ben," said Corey Smith, EOCF Board Chair. "Finding a cure continues to be hockey's most important fight and supporting the Terry Fox Foundation's cancer research efforts through the Oilers Mega 50/50 is one more step towards achieving Terry Fox's dream -- a world without cancer."

"We are very grateful to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for supporting cancer research with proceeds from their Hockey Fights Cancer event," said Michael Mazza, Executive Director of the Terry Fox Foundation. "Terry was one of the greatest Canadian athletes of all time and continues to be an inspiration for players, so this support is meaningful in many ways and will have a great impact on patients and families facing cancer."

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RELEASE: Oilers to honour HOF inductees, support Dave's Drive

Lee Fogolin and Ryan Smyth will join the team's newly-created Hall of Fame ahead of Thursday's game against the New Jersey Devils

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers will honour the inaugural class of the team's recently announced Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 3 with a 6pm on-ice ceremony before the club hosts the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place.

The ceremony will recognize this year's inductees Lee Fogolin and Ryan Smyth, as well as enshrined inductees Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Glen Sather and Rod Phillips -- all of whom have been inducted automatically by virtue of their respective banner honour.

Fogolin, Smyth, Hamilton, Kurri, Coffey, Lowe and other Oilers alumni will be in attendance for the induction ceremony to see the names permanently enshrined in the ring above the PCL Loge Level.

Video: OILERS HOF | Fogolin, Smyth Media Availability

In addition to the ceremony, this special event will include a variety of other exciting elements for fans, including a limited-edition Oilers Hall of Fame commemorative ticket. Oilers players will also be wearing Hall of Fame jersey patches and helmet decals during warmup, with select jerseys and helmets to be auctioned at a later date.

Rogers Place doors will open at 5pm with the ceremony commencing at 6pm before pre-game warmup. A limited number of single game tickets are available at EdmontonOilers.com/Tickets.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation multi-day 50/50 raffle from Nov. 1-5 is in support of Dave's Drive, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness, funds, equipment, donations and new volunteers for Sport Central in memory of beloved Oilers legend, the late Dave Semenko. Dave's Drive helps ensure kids in Oil Country have the chance to participate in sport. 

50/50 tickets are now available at EdmontonOilers.com/5050.

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RELEASE: EOCF 50/50 to benefit Free Play for Kids

Raffle starts Oct. 18 and runs through Oct. 22 in support of the organization that provides marginalized youth the opportunity to play sports

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) 50/50 raffle is now live from today until Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:00 PM after the Oilers face off against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place, with the jackpot building each day to another life-changing total amount.

The current 50/50 raffle is in support of Free Play for Kids as they work to give marginalized youth the opportunity to play in a safe, accessible and inclusive environment.

Free Play for Kids is a free after-school club that partners with Edmonton's most socially vulnerable schools, and many of the kids in their programs are refugees, new Canadians, or Indigenous youth who cannot afford the pay-to-play model of sports.

Edmonton Oilers defencemen and alternate captain, Darnell Nurse, is a Free Play ambassador who spends time mentoring participants and his Captain of the Week program sees Free Play kids awarded with an opportunity to watch a game at Rogers Place and meet him.

"Every kid should have access to sport and mentorship, and that's exactly what Free Play for Kids provides," Nurse said. "As a Free Play ambassador, I've been lucky to see these programs in action and meet the incredible kids who are part of them. Free Play for Kids not only uses play but also uses community to bring everyone together, and I hope we can bring all of Oil Country together through the 50/50 to make Free Play's programs available to more kids than ever before."

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RELEASE: EOCF 50/50 raffle returns for 2022-23 season

Through November 30, fans who purchase $100 in tickets receive $25 from PlayAlberta.ca and $25 from Century Hospitality Group

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) 50/50 raffle is back after setting a professional sports record last season with more than $20 million invested back into Oil Country. This year, fans across Alberta can look forward to more early-bird prizes like vehicles, cash, Oilers experiences and merchandise, in addition to the biggest life-changing jackpots in the province.

Starting today for the Oilers season opener, fans who purchase $100 in tickets receive $50 in extra value with $25 from PlayAlberta.ca, Alberta's only regulated online gambling site, and $25 from Century Hospitality Group, a collection of original, thriving boutique restaurant and bars in Edmonton.

Today's early-bird prizes include an autographed Leon Draisaitl jersey and a Christmas in November package at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Saturday's Battle of Alberta 50/50 features additional early-bird prizes including a brand-new Ford F-150 -- with net proceeds going to STARS Air Ambulance.

"The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is a proud supporter of Oil Country and has been contributing to our community's success since 2001," said Corey Smith, EOCF Board Chair. "Thanks to the unmatched generosity of Albertans, the EOCF invested over $20 million into Oil Country last year -- the most ever invested by an NHL community foundation in a single year.

"The EOCF is truly making a difference for thousands of kids, families and other vulnerable community members who desperately need our help. Let's come together once again for some massive jackpots and make this another record-setting year of community investment for those who need it most."

Since 2001, the EOCF has been a proud supporter of Oil Country and the community's success. Focused on three pillars of youth hockey programming, inner city support and stepping up in times of need, the Oilers Foundation is dedicated to building strong, vibrant and safe communities by demonstrating philanthropic leadership and continuing its deep legacy of giving back.

Tickets are available at EdmontonOilers.com/5050 and inside Rogers Place at every home game.

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RELEASE: Whitecourt selected as first Celebrating Oil Country community

Oilers representatives will travel to Whitecourt on Oct. 19 for a full day of activities followed by in-game recognition for the town on Oct. 22 at Rogers Place

by Press Release @EdmontonOilers / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers are excited to announce the new Celebrating Oil Country initiative that will see the organization recognize communities across Northern and Central Alberta on an annual basis, with Whitecourt selected as the inaugural featured town.

Every year, the hockey club will celebrate a community in Oil Country by bringing the Oilers brand experience to them and honouring them during a home game at Rogers Place. A delegation from the Oilers organization will visit the selected community for an Oilers Day celebration, including live broadcasts and other content showcasing the town and its people, as well as funding and other support for local minor hockey development.

"We are very fortunate to have so many great fans from communities across Oil Country that shine a light on us every year, so we felt it was time to return the favour," said Tim Shipton, Executive Vice President, OEG Sports and Entertainment. "The town of Whitecourt is a great fit for the inaugural celebration and we are looking forward to highlighting the many other great communities across Oil Country in the years to come -- and bringing the Oilers experience to their backyard."

This year's festivities will begin in Whitecourt on Wednesday, October 19 with Oilers alumni, team mascot Hunter and the Orange & Blue Ice Crew visiting local schools and hosting a hockey clinic at Scott Safety Centre. The day will also feature Oilers Radio Analyst Bob Stauffer on site for a live broadcast of Oilers Now from Whitecourt's Boston Pizza.

Oilers alumni and executives will participate in the Whitecourt Chamber of Commerce Economic Forum that day, and the festivities will wrap up with the group attending the Whitecourt Wolverines Alberta Junior Hockey League home game against the Bonnyville Pontiacs that evening.

Then, on Saturday, October 22, the celebration will shift to the Oilers game against the St. Louis at Rogers Place, when the community and fans of Whitecourt will be featured throughout the night.

"Whitecourt is honoured to be featured this year by the Edmonton Oilers -- not only to celebrate our community, but also the game of hockey," said Whitecourt Mayor Tom Pickard. "Whitecourt is a young, vibrant community located in the heart of Oil Country with a strong hockey fan base. Just like in hockey, it's taken a lot of teamwork, support and determination to build our community into what it is today, and we are so proud to be recognized by an organization that values this spirit and collaboration."

There will be an application and selection process established for Celebrating Oil Country in future years with more details to be announced.

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