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THROWBACK THURSDAY: November 15, 2002

After being acquired exactly two years prior, Anson Carter had two goals while Tommy Salo turned aside 29 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Oilers routed the Blues 5-0.

by Tony Brar / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 5, Blues 0 | Box Score

After missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons in 2001-02, the Oilers quest to make it back to the big dance was off to a rocky start. Beginning the season with a 5-7-3-1 record, Edmonton had a stiff test against the 10-3-1-0 St. Louis Blues.

Third-year Head Coach Craig MacTavish was coming off 39 and 38-win seasons in his first two seasons and had a well-balanced group to deploy against the Blues.

And they capitalized.

Led by Anson Carter's two-goal performance, the Oilers left St. Louis singing the Blues en route to a 5-0 win - their largest margin of victory recorded during the season.  

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: November 1, 2005

Ales Hemsky scored twice while 11 different Oilers recorded at least a point as the Oilers defeated the Blue Jackets for the team's third-consecutive win.

by Tony Brar / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 5, Blue Jackets 1 | Box Score

The National Hockey League was coming off a full-season lockout when teams returned to the ice for the 2005-06 season. After a three-game win streak to begin the year, Edmonton dropped their next seven games (0-6-1). However, the Oilers were able to find their scoring touch on the back-end of a three-game road trip, scoring 10 goals against Dallas and Nashville and winning both matches.

With a chance to reach the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 20, the Oilers returned home to face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first of four meetings of the season.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mironov dazzles in 8-2 win over Capitals

The Oilers blueliner slid past the Washington defence and scored a memorable goal from his knees in a 8-2 defeat of the Capitals on October 28, 1998 at the Skyreach Centre.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays.

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers 8, Capitals 2 | BOX SCORE

Boris Mironov dangled the puck through Washington defenceman Kelly Miller and side-stepped Adam Oates before sliding in on his knees and finishing off what was one of the Russian's greatest career goals in the third period of an 8-2 demolishing of the Capitals nearly 20 years to the day on October 28, 1998.

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Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, who went 2-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average for Germany earlier that year during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, had already been shelled for four Oilers goals on 12 shots and pulled to make way for Rick Tabaracci, who didn't fare much better with four goals against in two periods of relief.

Boris' older brother Dmitri could only look on from the Capitals bench as his sibling scored one of two goals at the Skyreach Centre that night, ending with three points (2G, 1A) to go along with four-point performances from defenceman Janne Niinimaa (0G, 4A) and right-winger Bill Guerin (2G, 2A).

Mironov would notch 40 points (11G, 29A) in 63 games for the Oilers before being traded in March with Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson to the Chicago Blackhawks for Ethan Moreau, Christian Laflamme, Chad Kilger and Daniel Cleary.

The Oilers continued their form onwards into a four-game winning streak at home after the victory, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1), Vancouver Canucks (5-3), and the Nashville Predators (3-2) before finishing the season 33-37-12 and losing in the Conference Quarter-Finals 4-0 to the Dallas Stars.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: A history of home openers

The Oilers are 21-12-5 all-time in home openers and are set to host the Bruins for the first time in their season debut at home.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - It's been a long time coming for the Oilers to host their 2018-19 NHL home opener at Rogers Place.

October 18 is the longest Oilers fans have had to wait to see their team at home outside of lockout years in 1994-95, 2004-05 and 2013-14 due to the club opening this season on the road in Germany and Sweden as part of the NHL Global Series earlier this month. Visits from the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets back on October 1 during the 1999-00 and 2013-14 seasons respectively are the earliest dates the Oilers have ever opened up their home campaign.

Tonight will be the first time the Oilers have taken on the Boston Bruins in their first home game of the season after having already visited the Bruins on the road this season following their arrival back in North America. The most frequent franchises to serve as opposition for the Oilers on opening night historically are the Calgary Flames (7), Detroit Red Wings (5), the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche (4) and the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes (4).

The Oilers are 21-12-5 in their home debuts since joining the NHL in 1979.

Ahead of tonight's visit from the Bruins, let's look back at some of the best Oilers home openers in recent memory:

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ALUMNI: Jackson carving out unrivalled coaching career in Germany

The former defenceman and two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Oilers is already one of the German coaching greats after lifting eight championships in 11 seasons.

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Alumni Don Jackson could only reply with three words when asked how his German has improved over 14 seasons coaching in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

"Besser und besser," the two-time Stanley Cup champion said, speaking with EdmontonOilers.com via phone from Germany where he's manned the bench for EHC Red Bull München as head coach since 2014.

The translation? Better and better.

"We speak English in the room and make ourselves familiar with some of the important things in German and pretty well get what we want," he added.

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FEATURE: Glenn Anderson returns to his charity event as Honourary Chair

After starting the charity event 30 years ago, the Oilers Hall of Famer never knew how much it would impact his life

by Jessica Kent / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The year was 1989 and, like his teammates, a 28-year-old Glenn Anderson went on to start a charity.

"Thirty years later who knew this wo­uld exist," Anderson exclaimed, talking about the Cross Cancer Institute Golf Classic. "The whole team had at least one charity and we supported each and every one. Our team and our dynasty were part of the community - we were part of Edmonton and Edmonton was part of the Oilers."

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ALUMNI: Simpson charity classic celebrates 30th anniversary

Oilers alumni Craig Simpson's Never Say Never Charity Golf Classic & Night of Hope on August 7-8 marks 30 years in support of Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS)

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Former Oilers left-winger Craig Simpson doesn't need a crash course on the benefits the sport of golf can have in bringing people together for a good cause.

Attending the Syncrude Oil Country Championship presented by AECON Celebrity Pro-Am on Tuesday, the Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster is under a week away from celebrating the 30th anniversary of his own tournament - the Craig Simpson Never Say Never Charity Golf Classic & Night of Hope on August 7-8 in support of Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society (SCITCS).

"I was 21 years old with the Oilers," Simpson said of his charity tournament's origins. "Ted Green, our assistant coach, had asked if I would mind meeting with a group who had just started trying to help people in Alberta live more productive lives and help them through the devastation of a spinal cord injury."

Video: 1-ON-1 | Craig Simpson

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Edmonton Oilers Alumni announce scholarship recipients

Two outstanding students named as 2018 Al Hamilton Scholarship recipients

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Alumni are excited to announce the 2018 recipients of the Al Hamilton Scholarship: Irina Ilic and Andrew Li, both of Edmonton, 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 Alumni created the scholarship in his name and it has since helped many deserving students further their education.

"Each year, I am more and more impressed by the accomplishments of the students applying for this scholarship," said Hamilton. "Our youth continue to show that the future is bright and this year's recipients truly reflect that. Their passion for education and their communities are second to none. I look forward to watching their academic careers grow and seeing how they continue to give back to their communities through University and beyond."

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ALUMNI: Minor hockey in Spruce Grove helped shape Fuhr's legendary career

Oilers alumni Grant Fuhr reflects on his storied NHL career and learning the game in his hometown prior to induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Before the Edmonton Oilers made their transition to the National Hockey League from the World Hockey Association in 1979, a young Grant Fuhr from Spruce Grove, AB strapped on the pads for the first time.

"There wasn't a whole lot of people that wanted to try it, and I thought the equipment looked kind of cool," Fuhr said to EdmontonOilers.com. "I tried it out the first day and liked it, and I've stuck with it ever since."

Little did he know at the time that a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame, four Stanley Cups, a Vezina Trophy and his name on a rink in his hometown were waiting for him following a storied Oilers career of 10 seasons, 534 games and 300 wins.

That's not even counting the other 11 seasons.

Just short of 15 years since his call to the Hall, Fuhr will earn a place among Alberta's hockey greats when he's inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 22 at the AHHF Awards Gala in Canmore.

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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 / EdmontonOilers.com

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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