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GENE'S BLOG: Family Day

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about Family Day for the Oilers

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

Don Getty is a name many young kids may not recognize and I can't say as I blame them. Yet they probably should know that he and his government are the reason they had a chance to sleep in Monday.

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GENE'S BLOG: Great 'Karen' Scott

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about an Oilers fan almost winning a million dollars

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Since I started hosting Edmonton Oilers games in 1998, almost like clockwork, sometime in the first period out of a TV timeout or on a stoppage in play I read the Safeway (and now Sobey's) Million Dollar Score and Win contest script. 

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GENE'S BLOG: Holy Goalie Interference

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about goalie interference calls not going the Oilers way

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

LOS ANGELES, CA - Imagine being at your desk. Your laptop is out. Phone parked beside it. Maybe you have a cup of coffee near. There might also be a pen next to it. Everything you might need to accomplish your job until people start invading your personal space. They start jostling you, bumping you, pulling your hands, pushing your shoulders all while you're still supposed to get your work done. Your boss walks by and you give him a look like, 'Are you going to do something about this?' He surveys the scenes, stares you right in the eyes, puts his palms up, shrugs and on his or her way he goes. Welcome to being a goalie in the NHL.

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GENE'S BLOG: Thrills, Spills and Skills

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the Edmonton Oilers Ford Drills and Skills Competition

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's a Saturday and the Edmonton Oilers are playing. You never know they might not even practice but they will be shooting, skating, scoring, and for sure, smiling. That's just to name a few things that will be resonating throughout Rogers Place Saturday afternoon. The home team is the Oilers and the visiting team is also the Oilers. The place will be packed with people, likely more young than old, with money raised going to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. In case you haven't figured it out yet I'm talking about the Ford Edmonton Oilers Skills Competition.

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GENE'S BLOG: Gimme a Break

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the All-Star break following Thursday's win over the Flames

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB -  A long day of travel awaited Connor McDavid on Friday. It's not easy getting from Edmonton to Tampa but well worth it to start the All-Star break. A day to worry about TSA officials and not NHL officials after a memorable final game before the break. What a game? What a night? What a building? And what a captain? It was tension-filled, action-packed, drama-inducing right to the last shot.

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GENE'S BLOG: What Happens in Vegas

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the Oilers game against the Vegas Golden Knights

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas but I hope that's not the case for the Edmonton Oilers. 

Not after their performance in the Nevada city on Saturday night. It was another example of what the Oilers can do when they put their minds, hearts and bodies into a game. With their baccarat against the wall trailing 2-1 after two periods, Edmonton stepped it up. They could have sailed through the third hoping to win but knowing it wasn't expected by anyone outside their own locker room. Instead, they were all in. Equalizing in the final frame and winning it in overtime. Incredible night and way to end their schedule before the CBA-mandated All-Star break.

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GENE'S BLOG: Forward Thinking

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the transition to forward by Oilers defenceman Yohann Auvitu

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

Yohann Avitu's story is an amazing one. Born in France, plays in Finland, speaks five languages, represents his country at the world hockey championships.

Life is pretty good exactly where he is and with what he's doing. Yet, there's something missing and it starts with an 'N' and is followed by an 'H' and an 'L'. It's the world's best league and this worldy looking and sounding player wanted to be a part of it.

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GENE'S BLOG: Happy Nuge Year

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' big season

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

If I think back, after celebrating my 50th New Year, there are a few (mostly from the 1980's) which I can't quite remember all the details, but there is one that sticks out vividly in my mind. It was December 31,1975 and Montreal was playing the Red Army. I was eight. We had family over and all the men (sorry it was a different time back then) were huddled around the television while the women were mingling about in the dining room and kitchen area.

It was bitterly cold (similar to last night) but inside the action was just heating up between what played out as the Canadiens versus the Soviets. What a game! It ended tied at 3-3. I marveled at the goaltending of Vladislav Tretiak. I'll never forget it. He made 35 saves. Ken Dryden only had to make 10. It cemented my love for the game.

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GENE'S BLOG: Happy H-Oil-idays

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the holidays and what the Oilers players do during the break

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

For all the things labour unrest has led to in the NHL when it comes to previous work stoppages, one thing I always appreciate this time of year is the holiday break. It used to be: play the 23rd and be off 24th and 25th, before hopping on a plane the 26th.

It's only one extra day off but now there are no games until the 27th, giving every NHL player a little more time to enjoy themselves over the holidays. Amazing when you see other leagues (NFL and NBA for example) who play right into and through Christmas Day. I have to admit while setting up for dinner at our house on the 25th, it's nice to have some sports going on in the background but I'm not sure I'd want to be at the rink on a day set aside to be spent with family and friends. 

That's exactly what the Benning family does and has done for a long time or so that's how Matt remembers it.

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GENE'S BLOG: Nurse and Nurse

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about Darnell Nurse and his cousin, Hockey Canada's Sarah Nurse

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

Sunday could turn into a hockey doubleheader for Darnell Nurse. Practice in the morning and game in the afternoon. Now, you may be wondering what game since the Oilers aren't scheduled to play. Well, Edmonton doesn't play but Canada does. They are taking on the U.S.A. in a final tuneup for both before the 2018 Winter Olympics. Of course, the Canadian Women have a team doctor but they also have a nurse as in Sarah Nurse.

"I'm really looking forward to watching her," explained Darnell. "Her father Roger and my dad Richard are brothers so we're first cousins."

Just when you thought there wasn't another athletic Nurse in the family, we introduce you to Sarah. She played four years at the University of Wisconsin and is now part of the national program.

"We're cousins but we're also friends," said Sarah "It's nice to know we do a similar sport and have a built-in support system." 

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