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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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GENE'S BLOG: No European Vacation

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the team's European trip and being prepared to start the season off well

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

It feels like a vacation or at least it looks like a vacation when you take a peek at the itinerary for the Edmonton Oilers. A trip to Germany and more specifically Cologne and then another stop in Sweden in a place called Gothenburg. It's not exactly Saskatoon for a neutral site game. Now let me add that I really like Saskatoon. Great town, great people but it's a five-hour drive from Edmonton. Cologne is a nine-hour flight from the Alberta capital. Maybe that's why it feels like more of a 'vacation' than a trip to play hockey.

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GENE'S BLOG: If at first you don't succeed Ty, Ty again

In his latest blog, Gene Principe talks about the recent performance of Ty Rattie

by Gene Principe / Special to EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers had the day off Friday. At some point in camp with all the practices, games and travel, it's a necessity to give everyone a break. Not only do the players need it, but the coaches as well. I mean, what was once 62 players has been whittled down but there are jobs to be won and lost. Todd McLellan and his staff actually need time to assess those that are still here. I wonder what their assessment was like regarding Ty Rattle. You could say he had a 5-Star performance Thursday night in a 7-3 win against Winnipeg. 

Video: WPG@EDM: Rattie chips in goal from the slot

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GENE'S BLOG: Shape Their Season

Gene Principe looks at the beginning of Oilers Training Camp as 62 players report to Edmonton ahead of the 2018-19 season

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Sixty-two. It's the number of players who will be at the Edmonton Oilers Main Training Camp which begins today. Rogers Place is where they will be poked, prodded, tested and challenged into showing off what kind of shape they are in. From the rawest of rookies to the most veteran of players it's a day no one likes. It's a necessary evil so they can go from the medical and fitness rooms to the dressing room and then to the ice. 

It's only a day but it's the first day of the rest of the season. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | FRESH START

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GENE'S BLOG: Hockey Lives On

In his latest blog, Gene Principe remembers several Humboldt Broncos and their ties to the Oilers

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - My plan today was to write a blog on the end of the Edmonton Oilers season. As much as I tried I just couldn't find words to describe a season after what happened last weekend.

I woke up Saturday morning intent on covering the end of a season and the end of careers for Daniel and Henrik Sedin. By 9:00 am I was on my way to cover the end of young hockey lives. The Humboldt bus crash had become the biggest story in the nation. Instead of simply saying goodbye to the 2017-18 regular season and to the 19-year careers of the twins. Me, you, family, friends and the entire country was saying a very premature and unnecessary goodbye to the kids and the adults on that bus that tried so desperately to watch over them. Try as we might to protect the young, sometimes it's just not possible to keep everyone safe. It became impossible when timing, speed, and human element met on a normally quiet stretch of highway in Saskatchewan.

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GENE'S BLOG: The Old College Try

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about a few of the Oilers college hockey experience

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. PAUL, MN - It is one of the great hockey differences between Canada and the United States.

It's the importance and maybe the respect university hockey receives in the two countries. In Canada, the step to university play can be considered a step that isn't necessarily the first choice. Either you haven't been drafted or you were but weren't signed or your options to move to a reasonably high level of pro hockey are limited. Now please don't get me wrong these kids who go to the University of Alberta for example, are highly talented kids. Some were junior scoring stars but for some reason, they have fallen through the cracks or have simply decided that education has become the priority. The Golden Bears just won a 16th national championship. That's no accident. It's less about the product and more about the perception because U sports could and would do fine versus NCAA squads. 

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GENE'S BLOG: Bear Comes Out of Hibernation

In his latest blog, Gene Principe writes about Ethan Bear recording his first career NHL goal

by Gene Principe / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - During the winter, bears go into hibernation. It's when bears tend to slow down. Black bears, brown bears, grizzly bears go into a deep sleep. They do so to escape the cold and because food is scarce. 

However, at least one bear (named Ethan) came out of hibernation Sunday night. It happened on a power play in the third period of Edmonton's game against Anaheim. Hard to believe but point 99 for No. 97 was overshadowed by goal one for No. 74. 

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