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FEATURE: Napier, Oilers Alumni face off against Alzheimer's

Former Oiler Mark Napier's connection to the Alzheimer's FaceOff Pro-Am this weekend hits closer to home following his father-in-law's lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia

by Jamie Umbach /

Former Oilers right-winger Mark Napier and his family remember Jim Hughes as a man of many talents.

A gifted athlete, a skilled card player (despite being a bad bluffer), and a man who could always whip up the most delicious Sunday dinners complete with Yorkshire Pudding, his unwavering love and support for his family helped instill within them a strong sense of home and togetherness.

But the father-in-law they knew slowly faded as time passed during his long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, a form of Alzheimer's Disease that followed Jim until his death at the age of 90 in October of 2015.

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RELEASE: 2018 Al Hamilton Scholarship Award now accepting applications

The Oilers Alumni group announced that they are now accepting applications for the annual Al Hamilton Scholarship Award

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(Edmonton, AB) -The Edmonton Oilers Alumni group announced today that they are now accepting applications for the annual Al Hamilton Scholarship Award. Applications for this prestigious recognition will be accepted until May 31, 2018. High school students and prospective university or college students in Northern Alberta are eligible to apply. Al Hamilton, the first captain in Oilers history, wore the 'C' for four seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and excelled as a defenceman and leader. The Al Hamilton Scholarship Award is granted annually to students from Northern Alberta who excel in academics, athletics and community service. This year, there are two scholarships available for two deserving students. The value of each scholarship is $2,000 per school year to a maximum of four (4) years, equating to $8,000.

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TAIT: Oilers Alumni embrace World's Longest Hockey Game

Oilers Alumni members cheer on 251-hour hockey marathon

by Cam Tait /

Family Day came to a close Monday evening as the sun tucked itself away, but Dr. Brent Saik was, once again, embraced by the tight-knit unit known as the hockey family. Dr. Saik, Edmonton Oilers optometrist, held the World's Longest Hockey Game on his family property southeast of Sherwood Park, affectionately known as Saiker's Acres. The game, which lasted for a staggering 251 hours and nine minutes ended shortly after 7:00 PM on Monday night, an unofficial world record. The final score was 1,830 for the red team and 1,692 for team white. Shots on goal? Get this: a total of 12,819.

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FEATURE: Edmonton pays tribute to 84-85 Oilers

Sunday night, the 1984-85 Oilers were honoured at Rogers Place with a big celebration after being voted the greatest team of the century

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - As smoke filtered in from the tunnel, the 1984-85 Oilers, albeit a bit greyer than those days of their youth, filtered in as well - hoisting the Stanley Cup, passing it from teammate to teammate.

It was a blast from the past, and amidst the lights and smoke you could say it was almost like a dream.

The 1984-85 Oilers were voted by NHL fans as the greatest team of the century. Such an honour demanded a big celebration, and Sunday evening in Edmonton provided just that.

Video: 85 OILERS | Celebration Recap

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FEATURE: Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation honours Dave Semenko

Oilers legend's legacy immortalized on and off the ice with EOCF and Sport Central initiatives 'Dave's Drive' and 'Put a Lid on a Kid'

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - Forever known as the Oilers protector on the ice, Dave Semenko's legacy will now also be immortalized off it with the Dave Semenko Legacy Project.

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Oilers Foundation Donates $325,000 in Support of Semenko Legacy Project

The EOCF announced an initial investment of $325,000 to Sport Central in support of the Dave Semenko Legacy Project with financial support from the NHL and NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund.

by Press Release /

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) announced today an initial investment of $325,000 to Sport Central in support of the Dave Semenko Legacy Project with financial support from the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund. The EOCF has committed to fund two Sport Central initiatives: Dave's Drive and Put a Lid on a Kid over the next 10 years


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BLOG: Oilers comment on Smyth recognition

Former Oiler Ryan Smyth was named an Order of Hockey in Canada honouree

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

EDMONTON, AB - Ryan Smyth has been named an Order of Hockey in Canada honouree, and his former organization could not be more happy for him or think of anyone more deserving.

"It's an amazing honour," said Oilers Captain Connor McDavid. "He's done a lot for the game in Canada. Just seeing him around the room and Edmonton, you just get a sense for how passionate he is for the game. He still plays senior level hockey now, and I think that kind of says everything about him. He always wants to play, he loves it, and now he's being recognized for that. That's pretty remarkable."

Smyth served as Canada's captain six times at the IIHF World Championship. He won two World Championship titles, Olympic Gold, World Junior Gold, and a Spengler Cup Title.

He played more than 1,200 NHL games over the course of his career.

"A tremendous honour for him and his family," said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. "Ryan's a quality person and was a tremendous player. Anybody that has been an Oilers fan knows what he meant to the team, the organization and certainly the city. He still calls it home. The Order of Canada, as far as hockey goes, is more of a reflection of what you do for your country. You don't get the nickname 'Captain Canada' for nothing and he did a tremendous job of representing our country at a number of different events and was successful at many of them. It's a very deserving honour for him and the other nominees."

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BLOG: Smyth named to Order of Hockey in Canada

Former Oilers forward Ryan Smyth one of 23 to be honoured in June

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Oilers great Ryan Smyth was named to the Order of Hockey in Canada on Tuesday. Read Hockey Canada's Press Release: 

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FEATURE: Giving back to hockey

McCauley Rink has become a staple to youth and family in Edmonton's inner city, thanks to a little help from some Oilers Alumni hands

by Meg Tilley /

Video: COMMUNITY | McCauley Cup

All you have to do is show up.

It's just that simple, according to Lyle 'Sparky' Kulchisky, a member of the Oilers Alumni, and Manager of McCauley Rink.

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FEATURE: Heroes beyond hockey

HHC Oilers alumni team players Garry Unger and David Pelletier's support for the military transcends the rink

by Meg Tilley /

"We've lost another soldier."

Those were the words David Pelletier, former Olympic Gold Medalist in pairs figure skating and Oilers Skating Coach, and his parents would dread hearing as another announcement was broadcast over the radio in 2008.

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