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TAIT: Dropping the Gloves

Cam Tait writes about Hockey Fights Cancer Night

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

In the game of hockey, gloves are essential. They protect players' hands against blazing pucks, slamming into boards at high speeds, skate blades in uncontrolled skirmishes and other things. Gloves also come into the spotlight when they are dropped and players begin to fight - one of hockey's mainstays.

On their way to the penalty box, players scoop up their gloves. Hockey fights on the ice never last long, thankfully.

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TAIT: Setting the example

Al Hamilton Scholarship recipients honoured earlier this week

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - At the beginning of the 2001 Edmonton Oilers season, Al Hamilton stood near centre ice of Northlands Coliseum and watched with pride as his number 3 jersey was retired, marked by a banner that made its celebrated journey to the rafters. It took its well-deserved place as the first Edmonton Oilers jersey number to be hung in the storied arena. Hamilton probably had hundreds of thousands of memories racing through his mind of his days as a rugged defenceman known for his uncanny leadership.

But then, as he strolled off the ice to revered applause, the man widely known as "Hammy" started another chapter in his hockey career, opening its first page the same way he played the game: always looking ahead. Making things happen.

The Al Hamilton trademark.

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TAIT: Hit the Books

Cam Tait kicks off Read-in-Week with his childhood memories of being read to

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

It was always so special when my Uncle Bill came to visit. He'd pull up into our driveway, usually just after supper time, after he navigated that pale blue Buick La Sabre south during the five-hour drive to Edmonton from Grande Prairie. My mother, in anticipation of his arrival, always kept a plate of supper in the oven for Uncle Bill. We'd gather around the kitchen table and visit with him while he ate his evening meal.

Visiting would continue until 8:00 PM. Then, it was off to brush my teeth and climb into my single bed in the bedroom I shared with my younger brother Brad.

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The Future of the Game

by Cam Tait / OilCountryChampionship.com

Ethan Lockwood was being a kid. That's all. Because, when you're 10 years old playing street hockey and the ball rolls over the sidewalk, bouncing like never before and ends up under a tree there's only one thing to do: go get it. No wasting time when it comes to street hockey.

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Untapped Potential

Stories about last week's Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity have reverence and meaning which will hold value for decades.

by Cam Tait Habitat For Humanity / OilersFoundation.ca

Stories about last week's Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity have reverence and meaning which will hold value for decades. 

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TAIT: People loving people

Cam Tait chats with Garth Brooks about his participation in Habitat for Humanity and his appreciation of Edmonton

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

When Garth Brooks went through the breakfast line this week in south east Edmonton scooping scrambled eggs, spearing sausages and sprinkling hash browns on his plate, one of his hit songs played through his head.

And the tune gained more volume - and, more importantly, more meaning - as the morning rolled into a day, and the days turned into half a week at the Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity.

Video: ICE Level | Habitat for Humanity

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TAIT: Leadership 101

Carter Work Project, Day 4

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

It's not often Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) CEO Bob Nicholson is seen in an orange and white T-shirt and a pair of jeans. But there he was Thursday morning, looking like a veteran carpenter rather than the seasoned hockey executive he is.

Video: ICE Level | Habitat for Humanity

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TAIT: Click

It was a picturesque Day 3 at the Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

It was picture day Wednesday afternoon at the Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project - notwithstanding the tens of thousands of cellphone pictures of volunteers - even selfies - hammering, sawing, measuring, and moving lumber, eating, sipping water and so many other activities.

But Wednesday afternoon… well, that was different.

PHOTO GALLERY: Habitat for Humanity Day 3

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Making houses into homes

Habitat for Humanity begins building of 75 homes

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

It's just after 8:00 AM Monday when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter spoke the final sentence of his morning devotion to kick off the first day of the Carter Work Project in the Laurel neighbourhood here in Edmonton.

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Dave Semenko: The Gentle Giant

Cam Tait reflects on Dave Semenko's role as an integral teammate, a revered opponent and a great friend

by Cam Tait / EdmontonOilers.com

It seemed so surreal last Thursday, minutes before 10:30 AM.

I was sitting on the right side in the back row of blue chairs in the Oilers Hockey Hall of Fame Room in Rogers Place. It was precisely the same spot Dave Semenko stood in his new role as Oilers Ambassador before Edmonton Oilers home games, proudly wearing his black and white zipped up shirt with the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) logo, gently rocking back and forth on his feet, shaking the hands of guests entering the room.

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