The Edmonton Oil Kings welcomed over 18,000 hockey (or teddy bear tossing) fans to Rogers Place on December 8th for what might be the biggest game on the team’s schedule this year – the Teddy Bear Toss in support of 630 Ched Santa’s Anonymous. And their jerseys have been the talk of the hockey world for the last little bit… the concept of a teddy bear wearing a hockey jersey is certainly unique.
The Oil Kings hosted the Kamloops Blazer in the holiday game. The Blazer have struggled so far this seasons and find themselves in the bottom third of the WHL standings. Despite their less than inspiring standing, the Blazers are a large and physical team. The Oil Kings have sometimes struggled against large physical teams as displayed in their first home game against the Saskatoon Blades.
The Oil Kings were unable to figure out Blazer’s goaltender Dylan Ferguson until late in the second period – keeping everyone on the edge of their seats as they tried to negotiate sitting with their stuffed animals. Jalen Luypen finally scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal at 13:28 in the second period. The fans in attendance proceeded to toss nearly 15,000 stuffed animals onto the ice.
The game finished with a thrilling come back by the Blazers – scoring the tying goal with 12 seconds left in the game. The Oil Kings, however, went on to quickly finish things off when captain Trey Fix-Wolansky scored just 30 seconds in the overtime period. The Oil Kings currently sit second in their division and fifth in their conference making the upcoming series of games against teams in their division an important one. With both of their next games being against teams who have struggled this season, it will be important for the Oil Kings to capitalize and head into their holiday break with momentum.
The Oil Kings will host the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday December 15th; the Kootenay Ice will come to town on December 16th in the Oil Kings final game before they break for the holiday season. Both games will start at 4:00 pm. On December 15th, the Oil Kings have partnered with the United Way Capital Region to support the Coats for Kids Campaign.
The Oil Kings will return from their holiday break and tangle with Calgary again on December 28th as they start the second half of their 2018-2019 season.