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OFF-SEASON OIL: Summer starts up

Catch up with your favourite Oilers on social media as summer heats up

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers off-season is into its third month and the team has been keeping busy. The IIHF World Hockey Championship in Denmark wrapped in May and with several Oilers players in attendance, there was no shortage of hockey action from across the pond, including one of our own taking home a gold medal! Check in on your favourite Oilers with this year's first edition of Off-Season Oil to see what else the boys have been up to, including motorcycle road trips, Euro vacations, signing contracts and more.

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FEATURE: Untapped potential

Oilers Assistant Coach Manny Viveiros contains 'untapped potential' in his new role with the Oilers

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Born and raised in St. Albert, AB, originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round in 1984 and now, 34 years later, one of the club's assistant coaches.

If you're a fan of full-circle stories, Manny Viveiros' journey through the ranks of the hockey world that has seen him land back within the Oilers organization is one to take note of.

Despite never suiting up for the Oilers in the NHL, Viveiros feels fortunate his path has guided him back to his hometown, a place his heart has never really left.

"It really is a homecoming, to say the least," said the Alberta native.

Video: Oilers Coach Announcement

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WORLDS: DAY 11

Slovakia face their most important test in Russia, Canada aim to rebound from Finland loss against Latvia

by Jamie Umbach & Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: DAY 10

Larsson, Sweden remain in control of Group A, Draisaitl and Germany quarter-final prospects on the line against confident Finland

by Jamie Umbach & Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: DAY 8

Patrick Russell and Denmark make it two wins in two after shutout of Norway earns hosts second-straight win

by Jamie Umbach & Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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WORLDS: DAY 6

Draisaitl and Germany try to escape relegation fight against Korea, Larsson's Sweden look to keep pace atop Group A with Russia

by Cait MacPhail & Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

For full coverage of the Oilers competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at EdmontonOilers.com/Worlds.

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IN DEPTH: Inspired

Personal loss is channeled into so much gain as an entire community rallies around the World's Longest Hockey Game

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

INSPIRED

BY CAIT MACPHAIL

 

On day five, that particular Tuesday in mid-February must have felt like tropical relief - at least in temperature.

The players who were approaching the halfway point of the event said the rain falling around them didn't do any favours for the playing conditions. The ice softens, the skates drag through the fresh layer of water that won't freeze, the knees start to work overtime - overtime being the operative word, as these skaters have to work in shifts according to the guidelines set out by the Guinness Book of World Records.

In the first four days of the marathon fundraiser, temperatures on Dr. Brent Saik's property just east of Edmonton had not risen above -15 degrees Celsius, and in the dead of night that number had fallen, at points, to a bone-chilling 40 degrees below zero with wind chill.

But the frigid cold is something that can be combatted when you know what to expect and how to prepare. With several of the skaters participating for the fourth, fifth or even sixth time, their wily vet status has them ready for anything the Albertan winter might throw their way. The experienced skaters are quick to send their list of must-haves when a player signs up for the first time.

Despite what the sudden temperature twist did for conditions that particular day, the group of 40 players welcomed a balmy two degrees Celsius as they attempted, for the sixth time, to break the record for the World's Longest Hockey Game - all in support of cancer research.

The pace the teams skate is slow and labored. It has to be.

But that pace does not emulate the urgency the group feels for the cause. It will take over 10 days, and over 250 hours, this go-around to break the official Guinness World Record, but it's a blink in time to people who have witnessed countless family members and friends suffer through months and even years of chemo treatments, radiation therapy, pain, recovery and more.

It's an inspired group of humans, doing inspiring work.

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IN DEPTH: Jesse

This week's In Depth centres around Jesse Puljujarvi's acclimation and rise to prominence with the Oilers

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

THE FOREWARD

BY WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD PATRIK LAINE

You can see it on the highlights and on Twitter. It doesn't matter how things are going for him on the ice, good or bad, he always has a positive attitude, is always laughing and has a smile on his face… He just needed a bit of time to grow into the game a little bit, but now that he has, he's really turning into the player a lot of us knew he could be.

It's really just the start for him.

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GAME STORY: Jets 4, Oilers 3

Cam Talbot made 35 saves but the Winnipeg Jets skated away with a 4-3 victory, snapping Edmonton's four-game win streak

by Cait MacPhail / EdmontonOilers.com

WINNIPEG, MB -  The Oilers returned from the holiday break and right to Winnipeg for their second meeting of the season vs. the Jets. Any worry of the dreaded post-holiday "turkey legs" on either side were quickly vanquished as the pace in the opening frame hardly resembled that of two teams who hadn't played in over three days-at least not offensively.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Jets Post-Game

The high-scoring game would eventually end with the Jets walking with the 4-3 win, but it was a back-and-forth affair all the way through, with special teams making the difference.

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Jets

The Oilers take on the Jets in Winnipeg for their first game following the holiday break

by Cait MacPhail & Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers take on the Jets in Winnipeg on Wednesday evening in their first game back from the holiday break.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet or heard on 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Jets Pre-Game

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