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WATCH LIVE: Oilers-Canadiens Alumni Rematch

Oilers and Canadiens alumni renew their rivalry on the outdoor rink at Saiker's Acres in support of Alberta Lung

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Alumni from the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens will renew their rivalry from the inaugural Heritage Classic when they compete in an outdoor game at Saiker's Acres tonight in support of the fight against lung disease and funding lung health research via Alberta Lung & NWT.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is also hosting an online 50/50 raffle, with net proceeds assisting with Alberta Lung & NWT's construction of Canada's first lung health and transplant recovery home called Breathing Space.

The Oilers roster will boast recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Lowe as Head Coach, plus fellow Hall of Fame member Glenn Anderson alongside Louie DeBrusk, Georges Laraque, Fernando Pisani, Jason Strudwick, Ben Scrivens and others in the lineup.

The Canadiens roster will include Mathieu Dandenault, Mike Keane, Shawn Belle, Eric Houde, Oleg Petrov and Jesse Belanger, led by Head Coach Yvon Lambert.

Watch the game below or on the Oilers Twitter, Facebook & YouTube channels.

Video: LIVE | Oilers-Canadiens Alumni Game

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RELEASE: Oilers, Canadiens alumni to play Heritage Classic rematch

Former players from both franchises will converge in Edmonton on Feb. 4 to compete in an outdoor game in support of Alberta Lung to be streamed live on EdmontonOilers.com

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's been nearly 20 years since the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens alumni teams squared off as part of the inaugural Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium.

Former players from both storied franchises will renew their rivalry on Friday, Feb. 4 at 5pm MT as they compete in another outdoor game at Saiker's Acres in support of the fight against lung disease and funding lung health research via Alberta Lung & NWT.

The Oilers roster will include recent Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Lowe as Head Coach plus fellow Hall of Fame member Glenn Anderson in the lineup alongside Louie DeBrusk, Georges Laraque, Fernando Pisani, Jason Strudwick, Ben Scrivens and others.

The Canadiens roster will include Mathieu Dandenault, Mike Keane, Shawn Belle, Eric Houde, Oleg Petrov and Jesse Belanger, led by Head Coach Yvon Lambert.

The alumni showdown will be streamed live on EdmontonOilers.com, in addition to the team's Twitter account, Facebook page and YouTube channel, with Jack Michaels, Bob Stauffer and Tony Brar providing game commentary and rink-side interviews.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will also host an online 50/50 raffle on Feb. 4 with net proceeds assisting with Alberta Lung & NWT's construction of Canada's first lung health and transplant recovery home called Breathing Space.

A limited number of tickets are available to watch the game in person and can be purchased for $125 apiece from Alberta Lung & NWT by emailing kate@kmgevents.ca.

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BLOG: Lowe's Hall of Fame plaque unveiled

The stalwart defenceman took his rightful place as an honoured member in the Oilers Hall of Fame Room during a plaque unveiling ceremony Friday afternoon

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - An Oilers icon enshrined where he belongs.

Ahead of his number 4 jersey being raised to the rafters of Rogers Place, Kevin Lowe took his rightful spot alongside Glen Sather, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, and Glenn Anderson as an honoured member on the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends wall during a plaque unveiling ceremony Friday afternoon.

The honour is reserved for the few who've been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as members of the organization, with Lowe poised to be inducted as part of the Class of 2020 on Nov. 15 in Toronto.

"Kevin Lowe, we often used to refer to him as the face of the franchise when it comes to the Oilers, but it's much more than that," Tim Spelliscy, Program Host & Oilers Media Wall of Honour Inductee said. "He's the heart and soul, he's the passion, and he's the fire."

Lowe, a seven-time NHL All-Star and six-time Stanley Cup champion, was flanked by family members and Oilers alumni when the curtain dropped to unveil his detailed sketching on translucent glass that will live within the Oilers Hall of Fame Room.

Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) CEO & Chairman Bob Nicholson highlighted Lowe's significance to growing the Oilers organization and hockey as a whole in his time as a player, Coach, General Manager, President of Hockey Operations, and in his current role as Alternate Governor of OEG to go along with management roles with Hockey Canada.

"You were the glue to all of it, Kevin," Nicholson said. "Six Stanley Cups just separates you and your teammates from everyone else. Thank you from the city, Kevin, for what you've done."

Hockey Hall of Fame Chairman Lanny McDonald suited up against Lowe as a member of the Calgary Flames for many seasons, but bridged the divide to acknowledge the accomplishments of one of the fiercest defencemen he ever played against.

"What you've meant to the game, what you've done for the community, that's what makes you a Hall of Famer," McDonald said. "Welcome to the club."

Included in the ceremony were plans to create an Oilers Wall of Honour to acknowledge past players who've contributed greatly to the club during their time in Edmonton.

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IN DEPTH: Lowe and Behold

Read about Kevin Lowe's extended journey from Lachute, Quebec to a storied NHL career and the Hockey Hall of Fame

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

On Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, the Edmonton Oilers honour former captain Kevin Lowe by permanently retiring his number 4 jersey, in recognition of his election to the Hockey Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

Lowe joins fellow HHOF inductees and Oilers teammates Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier in having his number raised to the rafters of Rogers Place.

A defenceman, Lowe is often referred to as the foundation of Edmonton's five Stanley Cup dynasty from 1984 to 1990, with his rock-solid play on the ice and calm leadership off, providing guidance for a team of flashy superstars.

Enjoy this in-depth chronicle of the Oilers legend's childhood in Lachute, Quebec, junior career with the QMJHL's Remparts, tremendously successful foray into professional hockey and off-ice achievements after hanging up his skates.

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BLOG: Honouring a legend

Kris Russell and Head Coach Dave Tippett spoke of Kevin Lowe's legacy ahead of Friday's banner-raising ceremony

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Kris Russell was honoured to wear the No. 4 for the Edmonton Oilers, the digit Kevin Lowe made famous over his 1,209 career games with the Orange & Blue. 

At the beginning of the season, Russell respected the legend by switching to No. 6 and is excited to be part of the icon's banner-raising ceremony Friday ahead of puck drop against the New York Rangers.

"I was very thankful that I was able to get the opportunity to wear No. 4. Selfishly, I think that it's great for me that I was the last guy to wear it before it goes up for Mr. Lowe," Russell told media members from the Oilers Hall of Fame Room on Thursday. 

Video: RAW | Kris Russell 11.04.21

It's easy to understand Russell's respect for Lowe, as both defencemen are cut from the same cloth when it comes to the fabric of their identity on the ice. Like Lowe, Russell is a gritty, hard-nosed rearguard that prioritizes the defensive end, his teammates and the greater good above all else. 

"When a guy has a career like that and does what he did for an organization like that - being the backbone on the back end for so many years - and especially what he's done outside of the game of hockey, too, is probably his biggest asset," Russell said. 

"It's going to be fun. It's obviously well-deserved and it should be a great evening for him."

Lowe safeguarded the ice for 15 seasons in an Oilers uniform, dressing in 1,037 regular-season matches plus an extra 172 in the post-season to be the franchise's all-time leader in both categories. He was Edmonton's first-ever National Hockey League draft pick - selected 21st overall in the 1979 Entry Draft - and became a fixture of the club's blueline during the height of the organization's success in the '80s with five Stanley Cups. A mature member of the young team at that time, Lowe also rooted himself in the city of Edmonton by becoming an influential figure in the community through his many charitable efforts.

Head Coach Dave Tippett, a checking forward during his playing days, met Lowe in the corners along the boards before their time as colleagues in the Oilers organization. Tippett remembers Lowe as one of the most selfless players ever and a crucial piece required on any winning team.

Video: RAW | Dave Tippett 11.04.21

"If I was the coach back then, he would be a glue guy on our team. He did all the dirty jobs," the Oilers bench boss said. "There are players that get the high-octane offence and all that, there are players that had to kill penalties, there are players that had to just be good defenders. Kevin, to me, was the ultimate team player on that group. He was the epitome of a winner as a player and he's an unbelievable person. What he's done to help this franchise is immeasurable."

Both Russell and Tippett are excited about Friday's ceremony and don't believe it will affect the Oilers preparedness when the puck drops against the Rangers.

"As a player, it's pretty special to be part of something like this, especially with this franchise and what Kevin has done," Russell said. "We got a veteran group in there that will be ready when the puck drops and we're looking forward to celebrating this with him."

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RELEASE: Oilers set for Kevin Lowe celebration and banner raising

Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman to be honoured with gala dinner on Thursday, Nov. 4 and pre-game jersey retirement ceremony on Friday, Nov. 5

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - On Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5, the Edmonton Oilers organization will honour Oilers great Kevin Lowe and acknowledge his incredible career accomplishments on and off the ice, including his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020.

The celebrations will be highlighted by a gala dinner on Thursday and the raising of Lowe's number 4 to the rafters of Rogers Place when the Oilers host the New York Rangers on Friday.

Oilers alumni as well as Lowe's friends and family will be in attendance at the gala, including Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, who will dedicate a performance to the man of the hour. Also on the agenda will be a hot-stove discussion with Lowe and his former teammates, who will tell stories from his Hall of Fame career.

The game day will begin with the Oilers unveiling Lowe's Hockey Hall of Fame honoured member plaque, which will be displayed in the Oilers Hall of Room at Rogers Place. The ceremony will be hosted by Oilers Media Wall of Honour inductee, Tim Spelliscy, who covered the Oilers throughout the club's Stanley Cup victories and Lowe's career in orange and blue. Lanny McDonald will also attend the ceremony on behalf of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Celebrations will be capped off that night as Lowe's number 4 is raised to the rafters of Rogers Place during a pre-game on-ice ceremony. The Oilers vs. Rangers game time will be moved to 7:30 PM MT to accommodate the ceremony, which will take place prior to pre-game warmup.

The timeline for the game is as follows:

  • 4:44 PM: Rogers Place entry gates open
  • 5:45 PM: Jersey retirement ceremony begins
  • 7:00 PM: Pre-game warmup begins
  • 7:30 PM: Oilers vs. Rangers game time

In honour of Lowe's many notable community and off-ice contributions, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) will allocate net proceeds from the Nov. 5 online 50/50 to four beneficiaries which are important to the Lowe family. The beneficiaries will also benefit from proceeds generated from the Nov. 4 gala, including the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Zebra Child Protection Centre, Sarah McLachlan School of Music and North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper.

Tickets for the Nov. 5 game against the Rangers are currently available at EdmontonOilers.com/Tickets and all fans are encouraged to arrive at Rogers Place as early as possible for the festivities.

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RELEASE: Lowe, Moss, other Oilers greats to be celebrated

Kevin Lowe banner raising to be held Friday, Nov. 5 when the New York Rangers visit Rogers Place

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - With opening night of the 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers season just over three weeks away, the club is delighted to announce a series of celebrations throughout the year, recognizing career milestones, contributions to the game and our community, as well as a new initiative to acknowledge the achievements of Oilers greats. 

Most importantly, this year's season of celebrations gives the organization the opportunity to include Oilers fans who were unable to attend games last year due to the pandemic. 

Joey Moss Dressing Room Tribute: In recognition of contributions to the Oilers dating back to 1984 and the indelible mark left on the organization and community by the late Joey Moss, a unique dressing room tribute will be unveiled by current Oilers players and staff ahead of the team's first home pre-season game on Tuesday, Sept. 28.   

Kevin Lowe Banner Raising: To acknowledge his incredible accomplishments on and off the ice and his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020, the Oilers will proudly raise Kevin Lowe's number 4 to the rafters of Rogers Place on Friday, Nov. 5 with the New York Rangers in town.

Recognition of Edmonton Oilers Greats: A new area for fans to celebrate Oilers of distinction is also in the early planning stages with more details to be announced later this season.  

Media Wall of Honour: The Oilers are also pleased to be adding more names to its Media Wall of Honour later this season. The 2022 induction class will be selected and announced in the new year.

Individual game tickets for the 2021-22 season go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 10am MT, while a limited number of tickets for Kevin Lowe's banner raising celebration game against the Rangers are available as part of the four-game Power Pack #4 at EdmontonOilers.com/PowerPacks.

Video: Joey Moss Pre-Game Tribute

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RELEASE: Lowe named to Order of Hockey in Canada

Oilers legend honoured for outstanding contributions or service to the growth and development of the sport of hockey in Canada

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Hockey Canada announced today Edmonton Oilers legend Kevin Lowe is one of three individuals selected for the Order of Hockey in Canada for 2021.

Lowe (Lachute, Que.), Bill Hay (Lumsden, Sask.) and Angela James (Toronto, Ont.) are this year's distinguished honourees. The Order of Hockey in Canada is a Hockey Canada initiative that began in 2012 to celebrate individuals for their outstanding contributions or service to the growth and development of the sport of hockey in Canada.

As a player, Lowe recorded 431 points (84 goals, 347 assists) in 1,254 games over 19 NHL seasons with the Oilers and New York Rangers, winning six Stanley Cup titles (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1994). Internationally, he won a bronze medal at the 1982 IIHF World Championship and a Canada Cup title in 1984, recording six points in 16 games with Team Canada. Lowe will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020.

His greatest international accomplishments came off the ice, as he was a member of the management team at four Olympic Winter Games, winning three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014). Lowe also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as Canada's assistant executive director and was the general manager for Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Video: Lowe on HHOF induction

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BLOG: Gretzky shares memories of Hawerchuk

Oilers legend squared off against Jets Hall of Famer throughout career while also teaming up on iconic 1987 Canada Cup squad

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Two of the greatest hockey players ever shared memories from their glory days one last time on Monday, one day before one of them passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky told NHL.com's Tim Campbell that he talked on the phone with Dale Hawerchuk mere hours before the fellow Hockey Hall of Famer succumbed to his fight with stomach cancer at the age of 57.

Gretzky and Hawerchuk entered the NHL just two seasons apart and played countless games against one another in the 1980s with Wayne's Oilers and Dale's Winnipeg Jets both members of the old Smythe Division.

The bulk of their last conversation on Monday wasn't about their longtime rivalry, though, but rather the time they joined forces to capture the 1987 Canada Cup with Hawerchuk winning the faceoff to start the play that saw Gretzky set up Mario Lemieux for the tournament-clinching goal against the Soviets.

"I had a really nice conversation with Dale yesterday and his son, Eric, and we were talking about the Canada Cup," Gretzky said on Tuesday. "And I was telling his son that he should be really proud of his dad, and obviously he was, that if you watched highlights, and because of the pandemic we've gotten to see some of the games from 1987 that we haven't seen for a long time. But if you looked at it and followed it closely, which I did, Dale played pretty much everywhere but left defence with Paul Coffey, left wing, right wing, everywhere."

Hawerchuk won the 1982 Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, and was inducted into the Hockey HOF in 2001 after a career that saw him score 1,409 points (518 goals, 891 assists) in 1,188 games for the Jets, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers.

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RELEASE: Oilers Alumni announce Al Hamilton Scholarship recipients

Mackenzie Buchanan and Eyad Mostafa will each receive $2,000 per school year to a maximum of $8,000 over four years

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers Alumni are excited to announce the 2020 recipients of the Al Hamilton Scholarship: Mackenzie Buchanan of Edmonton, AB and Eyad Mostafa of Vegreville, AB.

Established in 2001, the Al Hamilton Scholarship is awarded annually to students from Northern Alberta who excel in academics, athletics and community service. Recipients receive $2,000 per school year to a maximum of $8,000 over four years.

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. As an integral and founding member of the Oilers Alumni Association, Hamilton has consistently given back to the city that cheered him on through his playing career. It is these core values that the scholarship was founded on. When Hamilton's #3 Oilers jersey was retired, his fellow Oilers Alumni created the scholarship in his name and it has since helped many deserving students further their education.

"Year after year, we are overwhelmed with the impressive pool of candidates who apply for the scholarship," Hamilton said. "These students are intelligent, athletic and dedicated to enhancing their community and this year's recipients are wonderful examples of that. On behalf of our Edmonton Oiler Alumni, it is an honour to select Mackenzie Buchanan and Eyad Mostafa as the recipients of the 2020 Al Hamilton Scholarship."

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