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RELEASE: EOCF commits $1.5 million to Hockey Alberta Foundation

Funding partnership will make a significant impact in growing the game of hockey in Northern Alberta

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - In a team effort to make a significant impact in growing the game of hockey in Northern Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has committed $1.5 million in funding to the Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF).

The funding will generate support for three areas:

  1. Hockey Alberta Foundation's Every Kid Every Community grant program
  2. A new Hockey Alberta member grant program supported by the EOCF
  3. The creation of a Hockey Alberta volunteer recognition/thank you program  

"Support for minor hockey and the growth of the game has always been an important mandate for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation," said Corey Smith, Board Chair, EOCF. "This past year was difficult for minor hockey participants, their families, coaches and all minor hockey associations throughout our province. This new program provides funding to continue to grow the game of hockey in our community. We are hockey and we are so proud to support programs aimed at growing the game and getting more kids, from all backgrounds, involved."

"The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has always been a strong supporter of our efforts, contributing annually to our Every Kid Every Community program. With this new funding, we're excited at the opportunity to increase support in Northern Alberta hockey communities while also being able to recognize the key people in those same communities," said Dennis Zukiwsky, Board Chair, Hockey Alberta Foundation.

The new Hockey Alberta member grant program will allow access to funding for Hockey Alberta members in Northern and Central Alberta. Priority for funding will be given to those in need for leadership development, introduction to hockey, female, para, indigenous hockey programming and any inclusion and diversity initiatives. Members will be able to access the funding application via Hockey Alberta.

Throughout the pandemic, volunteers have been the backbone of minor hockey. To thank the volunteers, the ECOF and HAF have formed the Hockey Alberta volunteer recognition/thank you program. Coaches, parents and players will have an opportunity to be inspired by the Edmonton Oilers or Edmonton Oil Kings by attending games and getting more connected to the teams.

The HAF works to inspire every kid in every community's passion for hockey. In collaboration with the EOCF, the HAF can continue to grow the game in Northern Alberta.

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RELEASE: EOCF online 50/50 returns bigger than ever

New season to include multi-game progressive jackpots, more early-bird prizes and SMS text reminders

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) online 50/50 raffle is back for the 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers season and will run during all home and away games. There are also new enhancements to the online 50/50 program that will give Albertans more chances to win big.

For the 2021-22 season, the EOCF is excited to announce the addition of progressive jackpots for select games. During progressive jackpots, the raffle will run on multiple Oilers game days and the jackpot will accumulate until the final day of the raffle, creating the opportunity for mega-jackpots.

The first EOCF 50/50 progressive jackpot will include all Oilers pre-season games, opening at 9am MT on Sunday, September 26 and closing at 11pm MT on Saturday, October 9.

As the Oilers prepare to welcome fans back to Rogers Place, the in-game experience will also look a bit different as fans will have the opportunity to use their mobile device to purchase 50/50 tickets. As the EOCF shifts to a cashless system, 50/50 ambassadors will be available throughout Rogers Place to provide fans assistance with their 50/50 ticket purchase if needed.

Fans attending the game will need an email address and mobile device to purchase their 50/50 tickets. All sales, both in-game and online, will go to the same 50/50 jackpot, so fans anywhere in Alberta will have the chance to win.

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BLOG: Oilers welcome team dog, Flex

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has sponsored a Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog in training

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The newest addition to the Edmonton Oilers is ready to make her 'bark' on the National Hockey League with a 'dogged' approach to the game.

As proud supporters of the Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW) the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) has sponsored Puppy-in-Training Flex, a five-month-old Labrador. 

Upon the completion of the Dogs with Wings Dog Sponsorship Program, Flex will become a certified Assistance Dog, ultimately changing lives for those most vulnerable and leaving an ever-lasting impact within the community.

"We've added a lot of pieces in the off-season but I think bringing in Flex with her pedigree is going to be an unbelievable addition," Director of Salary Cap Management & Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations Bill Scott said during Flex's official contract signing this week. 

Video: COMMUNITY | Flex Contract Signing

"She definitely brings a lot of youthful enthusiasm and energy. She gets along with everybody and is going to bring a lot of excitement to our group every day."

Flex put paw to paper on a two-year contract with the Orange & Blue and once she graduates, will find a home of her own with an individual who can benefit from her assistance. Until then, Flex will be found attending Oilers games, EOCF events and running laps around Rogers Place.

Born on March 12 in a litter of six, Flex is already proving to be a team player by learning commands swiftly. She rarely barks, is capable of grabbing items without damaging them - a useful skill for clients with mobility issues - and is great with children. 

"Flex is going to bring a lot to our team," added Scott.

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RELEASE: Oilers establish Colby's Kids presented by Ford

Program in memory of Colby Cave built to be accessible for families and empower the next generation of hockey players

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have announced the creation of Colby's Kids presented by Ford of Canada, built off the success of the Oilers 2nd Shift program introduced in 2019.

The Colby's Kids program honours the memory and legacy of Oilers forward Colby Cave and will provide an opportunity for all youth to participate in the game of hockey. Ford of Canada is proud to support this program in partnership with the Oilers and the Colby Cave Memorial Fund.

Oilers Alumni Fernando Pisani, Jason Chimera and Kyle Brodziak will be leading the program and teaching the next generation of hockey players, with the support of Hockey Edmonton instructors.

Colby's Kids will be easily accessible and affordable, and designed to help bridge the gap between learn-to-play programs, such as the Oilers First Shift, a partnership between the club and the NHL and NHLPA, and minor hockey. It will provide kids and parents with more exposure to the sport through easy-to-access skill development and learning sessions to encourage continued participation in the sport.

"It is an incredible honour to have established Colby's Kids with the Oilers," said Emily Cave. "The rebrand of the 2nd Shift program means more than words could ever describe. The hockey community is a special family and being able to provide underrepresented children and their families the opportunity to be apart of it is incredibly special. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who has supported me and donated to Colb's memorial fund."

"Ford of Canada is proud to support the Colby's Kids program, which provides a great opportunity and easy access for more kids and families to enjoy the great game of hockey," the automobile manufacturer said in a statement.

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RELEASE: EOCF donates $500,000 to Alberta Cancer Foundation

Success of online 50/50 and Hockey Fights Cancer partnership have allowed Oilers Foundation to support Cross Cancer Institute's pharmacy expansion

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today a $500,000 funding donation to the Alberta Cancer Foundation to contribute to pharmacy expansion and redevelopment at the Cross Cancer Institute.

The pharmacy expansion and redevelopment will help meet the growing demand on the Cross Cancer Institute. By expanding the capacity of the pharmacy at the Cross, they will be better able to serve more patients, including young adults and adolescents facing cancer. There will also be more space required to stock, store and prepare complex cancer treatments, which includes chemotherapy and immunotherapies along with other medications used in systemic therapies.

The Cross Cancer Institute leads the way in research, identifying new and novel treatments, and enhancing comfort for patients when they need it the most.

"The success of the EOCF's online 50/50 has provided an opportunity to offer funding to many charitable organizations in Northern Alberta and the EOCF is delighted to support the pharmacy expansion at the Cross Cancer Institute," said Corey Smith, EOCF Board Chair. "The EOCF has a long-standing partnership with the Cross Cancer Institute and the Alberta Cancer Foundation, dating back to the days when Glenn Anderson played with the Oilers. We also participate annually in the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to continually support and help fund cancer research in Alberta." 

The EOCF has partnered with the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Cure Cancer Foundation for the annual Hockey Fights Cancer fundraising campaign to help tackle hockey's most important fight. Net proceeds from last year's and this year's Hockey Fights Cancer online 50/50 will be directed to the pharmacy expansion at the Cross Cancer Institute

"We are incredibly grateful to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, and everyone who purchased a 50/50 ticket in support of Hockey Fights Cancer," said Dr. Charles Butts, Medical Director, Cross Cancer Institute and Alberta Cancer Foundation trustee. "These funds will be used to help the Cross Cancer Institute redevelop our pharmacy. This means we can care for patients more efficiently and meet the growing demand our cancer centre continues to face. On behalf of all the patients who will benefit from your generosity, we thank you."

As the fundraising partner to the 17 cancer centres in Alberta, including the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Alberta Cancer Foundation focuses on making life better for Albertans facing cancer by inspiring community support to raise funds for innovation in detection, treatment and care.

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RELEASE: Oilers Foundation announces record $13 million investment

Success of RE/MAX online 50/50 drives funding focused on supporting frontline healthcare providers, programs aimed at those most vulnerable in the community and youth hockey

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today that a record-breaking amount of $13 million has been reinvested to charitable organizations in Northern Alberta this past season.

The EOCF has been overwhelmed by the tremendous support and extreme generosity of Oil Country during these unprecedented times, as well as the support and success of the RE/MAX online 50/50 throughout the 2020-21 season.

Funding from the EOCF was primarily focused on programs aimed at those most vulnerable in the community, youth hockey programming with a goal to increase participation of under-represented groups in our community, and stepping up to support the community in times of need.

The EOCF's commitment to support frontline healthcare providers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic was of top priority, including a $2.2 million donation to Operation Frontline Impact to support 56 unique hospitals in Northern Alberta.  

"With heartfelt thanks, we commend the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for taking decisive action to support Alberta's frontline care providers," said Sharlene Rutherford, President and CEO, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

"The pandemic has impacted our health system in myriad ways, but the personal toll upon those providing care these past 18 months under stress, duress, fatigue, and risk to their own families, is immense and all encompassing. Mental health supports will be crucial and Operation Frontline Impact is one way our community can begin to demonstrate its gratitude. Thank you to the EOCF for being there for those who have been there for us, and setting a clear example for others to follow."

"On behalf of the EOCF, the immense passion shown by fans of Oil Country through our online 50/50 was instrumental in helping set the record amount of $13 million donated. The EOCF is deeply committed to supporting programs aimed at those most vulnerable in our community," said Corey Smith, Board Chair, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

"Supporting community groups such as the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, whose work is woven into fabric of Edmonton, would not be possible without the continued generosity of fans across Oil Country."

The RE/MAX online 50/50 program has granted the EOCF a unique opportunity to support the community in deeply impactful ways and more funding opportunities will be announced in the fall to support the local community.

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RELEASE: Oilers celebrate five-year anniversary of Pride Tape

As the NHL community recognizes and celebrates Pride Month, Oilers Entertainment Group extends its support to all members of the LGBTQ+ community

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Born in Edmonton, raised everywhere.

As the NHL community recognizes and celebrates Pride Month, the Edmonton Oilers and Oilers Entertainment Group extend their support to all members of the LGBTQ+ community while also commemorating the five-year anniversary of Pride Tape.

Pride Tape began in Edmonton in 2016 as a grassroots collective of individuals, academics, and community members who saw a need to help make sport more inclusive for LGBTQ+ youth, athletes, coaches and fans.

Not long after the Oilers used a Pride Tape prototype during their Skills Competition at Rexall Place in January 2016, Pride Tape became the pioneering tape supporting our LGBTQ+ communities and is now frequently used as a symbol of inclusion at all levels of sport.

"The Oilers are proud to have been the first team to use Pride Tape," said OEG Chairman Bob Nicholson. "We are grateful for the partnership and it has been incredible to watch the use of Pride Tape grow over the past five years, extending to other sports leagues and countries.

"The Edmonton Oilers are celebrating Pride Month and reinforcing a clear message of inclusion, acceptance and diversity alongside the NHL and NHLPA. We are proud to operate an open and inclusive venue and organization and our official policy is one of inclusion - on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands."

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #PrideTape pic.twitter.com/zpIceBLt6V

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BLOG: Edmonton school to be named after Joey Moss

New kindergarten to Grade 9 school in Keswick will be named Joey Moss School in honour of the legendary Oilers dressing room attendant

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The legacy of legendary Oilers dressing room attendant Joey Moss will continue to grow after a special announcement by Edmonton Public Schools on Tuesday.

The Board of Trustees announced the new kindergarten to Grade 9 school in the southwest Edmonton community of Keswick will be named Joey Moss School, opening in September 2022.

Tweet from @EPSBNews: Trustees proudly announced today that the new #EPSB school in Keswick will be named after Joey Moss! As a role model and champion of people with disabilities, Moss was a supporter of many community organizations and a mainstay at @EdmontonOilers and @Elks games. #yeg pic.twitter.com/JFflP9q91h

"It is an honour to name one of our schools after such an excellent role model for our students," said EPS Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks. "We asked Edmontonians to share their submissions for our new school name and we received a number of submissions with Joey's name. Joey has left a profound legacy in the hearts and minds of many Edmontonians and through this school naming, that legacy will continue to live on for generations. Our students can learn a great deal from Joey and his spirit of acceptance, inclusion and most importantly his unwavering dedication to his community."

Moss was a beloved member of the Oilers organization for more than 35 years, joining the hockey club during the 1984-85 season after Wayne Gretzky, who was dating Joey's sister Vikki, recruited him to work as an attendant in the dressing room, a post he held until his passing in October 2020.

"The Moss family is overjoyed to hear the new K-9 school in Keswick is being named after Joey," a statement from the Moss family said. "For those who knew Joey, they would say he opened their eyes to acceptance, diversity and inclusiveness. The Joey Moss School will be an excellent opportunity to instill these qualities in our youth at a young age. We are so proud of Joey and grateful that Edmonton Public Schools will be amplifying Joey's legacy with this opportunity."

The Winnifred Stewart Association established the Joey Moss Memorial Fund to continue his legacy of advocating for employment and other meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities.

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RELEASE: Oilers nominate Turris for King Clancy Trophy

Veteran forward participated in virtual visits with patients at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital throughout the season

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers forward Kyle Turris has been selected as the team's nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his work with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital this season.

The award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Throughout his first season with the team after signing in Edmonton as a free agent, the 31-year-old Turris participated in virtual visits with patients at the Glenrose, specifically children.

"There has been a tremendous positive impact on the kids' well-being and mental health," said Dana Torgalson, Operations Coordinator at the Glenrose. "Being away from your friends and loved ones is tough in the best of times, but so much more during a pandemic. Kyle's visits give our patients the unmeasurable knowledge that the broader community cares about them."

The King Clancy Trophy winner will receive a $25,000 donation to benefit a charity or charities of his choice, while the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 donation.

There have been three King Clancy winners in Oilers franchise history, as Kevin Lowe won in 1990, Ethan Moreau received the honour in 2009 and Andrew Ference was selected in 2014.

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RELEASE: EOCF 50/50 to support Operation Frontline Impact

Online raffle for first two Oilers games of Stanley Cup Playoffs will include 50/50 Appreciation early bird prizes in support of Alberta frontline workers

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation RE/MAX online 50/50 will support Operation Frontline Impact through the first two games of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The EOCF online 50/50 has been supported all season by fans across Alberta, and net proceeds on May 19 and May 21 will help frontline workers who are committed to keeping our community safe.

Game 1 of the first-round series between Edmonton and Winnipeg on Wednesday, May 19 will be highlighted by 13 early bird draws to show appreciation to all the Oilers fans who continued to show unwavering support throughout the regular season. Early bird prize draws will start at 10:00 AM MT and occur every hour until 11:00 PM MT when the winning ticket for the main jackpot will be drawn.

Starting with Game 2 on Friday, May 21, there will be two early bird prizes drawn on each Oilers playoff game day. All tickets purchased prior to 12:00 PM MT on the game date will be eligible for the first early bird prize and all tickets purchased prior to one hour before the game starts will be eligible for the second early bird prize.

For Game 2 on Friday, the early bird prize draws will include a Rogers Place Sky Lounge experience for 20 people at a select Oilers game during the 2021-22 season and an orange 2021 Ford Mustang GT. Ticket purchasers who win an early bird prize are still eligible to be entered into the subsequent draws on the same date, including for the main prize.

The road through COVID-19 has been a long and challenging one but frontline workers have remained resilient and dedicated. Operation Frontline Impact will create an emergency, distress and critical programming fund for nurses, nursing aides, doctors and non-medical staff working in hospitals across Oil Country. In these unprecedented times, healthcare frontline workers continue to show their passion for their communities, pushing forward, often forgetting to address their own physical and emotional needs. Operation Frontline Impact will help fund and support frontline workers across 55 hospitals in Oil Country.

The RE/MAX EOCF online 50/50 has been successful throughout the 2021 season thanks to the generous support from Oilers fans. Net proceeds from the online 50/50 have helped benefit numerous local charities, who serve the community's most vulnerable and are in need of financial support during these uncertain times. Since the RE/MAX online 50/50 started in 2020, the EOCF has reinvested more than $10 million back into the community. 

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