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GENE'S BLOG: Hitting 100

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about Cam Talbot joining some elite company

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - After Brayden Schenn didn't score in the shootout, Cam Talbot delivered an emphatic fist pump. The Talbot stop led to the Edmonton win by a 3-2 score. Our Sportsnet crew caught Milan Lucic grabbing the puck while others were celebrating. My immediate reaction was Milan had gone after the puck for Talbot. It was going to be a souvenir for the Talbots and for Cam after his 100th win. The victorious netminder quickly corrected me.

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GENE'S BLOG: Father's Trip

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the upcoming Father's Trip in Dallas and St. Louis

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

This next trip for the Edmonton Oilers will see a different look on the plane, on the bus, at the hotel and even at the rink. There will be a larger contingent of fans who will be joining the team. Now before you get the idea that random people are being allowed to hang out with the Oilers, that isn't quite the case. You would be half right. People, that's the part that is right but they also have a title: Dad. They're not entitled but for a trip it will feel like it. They'll get the chance to feel like a pro athlete or at least see it up close and personal. The reason the Edmonton Oilers are holding their annual Father's Trip.

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GENE'S BLOG: Hitch In Their Plan

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the recent coaching change made by the Oilers

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

SAN JOSE, CA - I was laying in bed when it happened and apparently when the day ended Ken Hitchcock should have been in bed. At least that's what the new Edmonton Oilers coach felt was his rightful spot or at least would have been if he hadn't been hired as the Edmonton Oilers head coach. From a firing to a hiring to a victory to wrap up a memorable day, for many reasons, in the history of the franchise. After it was all done the new coach hinted it was past his bedtime. Heck, it was past my bedtime. If you consider the 4-3 OT result in favour of the Oilers ended at just after 10:00 PM Pacific Time which was after midnight Central Time. That is the time zone in which Hitchcock started his day.

Video: EDM@SJS: Draisaitl wins it in OT on fortuitous bounce

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GENE'S BLOG: Drake Performance

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about Oilers forward Drake Caggiula

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Drake is a big fan of Drake. That would be Drake from the Oilers and Drake from the music world. Caggiula has never taken in a performance by the Canadian rapper. He just missed him by a couple of days as the Oilers were wrapping up a recent road trip while 'Drizzy' was performing at Rogers Place. Tuesday night Caggiula put on his own performance on a line with a couple of stars.

Video: MTL@EDM: Caggiula gloves down rebound and scores

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GENE'S BLOG: Oscar Award Winner

In his latest blog, Gene Principe takes a look at Oscar Klefbom's team-leading time on ice this season

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

And the award for most minutes played by an Edmonton Oilers defenceman goes to...(insert pause and sound of envelope opening)...Oscar Klefbom. In his speech, I'm sure he would thank the coaches for putting him on the ice, his teammates for being there for him and supporting his every shift, the medical and training staff for keeping him healthy, his parents for their love and guidance along the way and maybe even his skates. Without them he wouldn't have the chance to be one of the busiest defenceman in the NHL.

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GENE'S BLOG: So Far, So Good

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the Oilers impressive start to the 2018-19 season

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Another night and another win for Edmonton. Saturday it was Nashville and Sunday it was Chicago. A continuation of what the Oilers have uncovered early this season. They're good. In fact, really good. No one really knew what to expect from Edmonton in October. Survival was probably the one thing they craved. An indictment not so much of the team but of the travel, of the schedule, of the opponents of just about everything the Oilers were facing to kick off the first full month of the regular season. 

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GENE'S BLOG: The Oilers 'Butabi' Brothers

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about the rookie relationship between Kailer Yamamoto and Evan Bouchard

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - You have to go back a bit, in fact, two decades. The month was October, the year was 1998 and 'Night at the Roxbury' hit the theaters. It was a movie listed under the romance/musical heading but I would consider it too be much closer to a comedy. How else would you categorize the Butabi brothers? Doug(Chris Kattan)and Steve(Will Ferrell) who still live at home and work in their dad's flower shop. The movie became famous for the neck gyrations known to a generation. Who didn't tilt their neck and rock it back and forth to the song 'What is Love'? It became a classic and reminds me of the 'Oilers' Butabi hockey brothers. 

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GENE'S BLOG: Boys of Winter and Summer

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about a recent trip by some Oilers players to Fenway Park

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

It was a beautiful Boston day and the Edmonton Oilers had a mandated CBA day off. They were still trying to figure out where they were and how they were feeling after a Sunday afternoon arrival from their European business trip. Monday, they skated and tried to shake off some of the six-hour time difference. Then Tuesday arrived and other than sleep, rest and figuring out their body clocks, the team had the day to themselves. What to do, what to do, what to do. Five Oilers: Ryan Strome, Connor McDavid, Matt Benning, Cam Talbot and Drake Caggiula decided they wanted to check out Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.

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GENE'S BLOG: Milan's of Memories

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about Milan Lucic's off-season and the mental techniques he learned to help focus and improve

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

Milan Lucic remembers it like it was yesterday even though it's been a few years since he was a Boston Bruin. When things weren't going well, when the puck wasn't bouncing his way and if the big bruising winger had any self doubt about his game, one man would make the difference: His father Dobrivoje "Dobro" Lučić.

"He was a big fan of mine," said Lucic. "He was someone who made me believe in myself when I was in Boston. He would just say certain things to me that would bring back my belief in myself. My dad just made me see that sometimes I didn't have things as hard as I thought."

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GENE'S BLOG: Fan-tastic experience

Gene Principe blogs about Oilers fans who have travelled to Europe from Edmonton and others who live here

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN -- It is has never ceased to amaze me how many Edmonton Oilers fan there are who don't live in Edmonton. I have the pleasure of traveling to the other 30 NHL rinks not named Rogers Place and there are always hundreds if not thousands of people clad in Oilers jerseys. Whether they were born in Edmonton and then moved to another city or maybe their parents were fans and the apple doesn't fall to far from the hockey tree. Whatever the reason or reasons, they show up to watch the Oilers when they aren't playing in the Alberta capital. It's been no different during the Global Series.

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