In anticipation of the Edmonton Oilers fast approaching season, the Oilers Events Team and Community Partnerships Staff have hit the road to pump up Oil Country. A trip down Highway 43 finds them setting up in Grande Prairie for the weekend to kickoff the season with Hockey Alberta and the Grande Prairie Storm.
The Oilers Crew showed up to Grande Prairie in style dragging a semi-trailer full of merchandise, a complete road-hockey setup, and the Fanboni, the sharp-looking Zamboni equipped to give fan rides and make a great photo backdrop.
The festivities began Friday, August 27, with the Community Partnerships Staff on-ice at the Coke Centre with Hockey Alberta Camp participants. The 100 participants at Camp also took part in off-ice training and played street hockey with the Oilers Events Team.
“It’s great to see how excited young hockey players are in Northern Alberta, not only for the Oilers season to begin but for their chance to get on the ice and play,” said the Oilers Manager of Community Partnerships Trevor Murphy. “Hockey season can’t start soon enough.”
The festivities continue into Saturday with the Storm Season Icebreaker at the Crystal Centre. The hometown Grande Prairie Storm are set to begin their 15th season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and will be joined by the Oilers Events Team to celebrate with a full afternoon of family activities. The public are invited to attend the Icebreaker free-of-charge at the Crystal Centre’s front parking lot and lobby from noon until 4 pm.