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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 /




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

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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

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

by Cait MacPhail & Chris Wescott /

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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In Depth: Bien Voyage

by Cait MacPhail /

Growing up in Canada often means at least some exposure to the French language. Be it actual fluency or at least the retention of casual greetings or phrases often learned in school that tend to stick for most Canadians outside of Quebec.

To someone who fits the description of the latter, at first glance the two words, "Bien Voyage," would appear to simply mean some form of, "good journey" or "good voyage."

From French to English it can also be interpreted as "well-traveled."

And for Oilers defenceman Yohann Auvitu, either translation fits all the same.

It's been quite the journey for the well-traveled man from the suburbs of Paris. 


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BLOG: McLellan notches 400th career win

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CALGARY, AB - A wild finish to the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta on Saturday night saw the Flames nearly complete a five-goal comeback in the final frame. The Oilers did pull out the 7-5 win and while it wasn't the kind of win that might have been expected after 40 minutes with a 5-1 lead, it was a win nonetheless, and the 400th of Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan's career.

"It means I've got grey hair," the always-humble McLellan joked when first asked what it means to hit such a milestone.

 "But I'll tell you what, it's a honour to be in this league and 400 is a pretty small number when you look at what some of the long-term coaches have got. I've got a long way to go… But it's a small milestone but I'm glad I got to do it with this group." 

Todd McLellan's all-time coaching record now sits at 400-246-85 spread over 10 seasons between the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. 

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GAME STORY: Oilers 7, Flames 5

Jesse Puljujarvi scores twice as the Oilers defeat their provincial rivals

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EDMONTON, AB - Much like the script of any Battle of Alberta, the second meeting of the season between the Oilers and Flames didn't deviate from the usual high-flying action and intensity that ensues when the two clubs meet.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Flames Post-Game

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The Oilers play the Flames at the Saddledome on Saturday night

by Cait MacPhail & Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers begin and end this one-game road trip in Calgary against the Flames.

You can watch the game on CBC or Sportsnet, or listen live via 630 CHED and the Oilers Radio Network.

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Flames Pre-Game

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IN DEPTH: Encore

Check out our latest Sunday In Depth

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In our latest Sunday In Depth read more about anthem singer Robert Clark's journey to his position and the epic playoff salute to the late Paul Lorieau.

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GAME STORY AT CGY: Oilers 5, Flames 4

Drake Caggiula scored twice and Kailer Yamamoto potted a goal in his pre-season debut as Edmonton beat the Flames 5-4 in Calgary

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CALGARY, AB - Things got off to a hurry for the Oilers split-squad group down in Calgary on Monday night and it was a two-goal performance from forward Drake Caggiula and an impressive game-winning goal from newly-drafted Kailer Yamamoto that would lift the Oilers to the 5-4 decision at the Saddledome. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | at Flames Post-Game

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