Not much to say this morning. The Oilers hit the ice tonight for another preseason tilt, at home against the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken. A couple of former Oilers play in Seattle, so this could be a return of some kind for both Jordan Eberle and Adam Larsson. Puck drops a shade past 7PM MST.
As Alberta lurches into an unprecedented healthcare crisis, the Flames and Oilers say they will operate at 100% capacity and insist seated fans wear masks when they aren't eating or drinking.— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) September 27, 2021
During last night's first pre-season game, some fans masked. Some didn't. pic.twitter.com/Y0lds7FiF8
I’d love to think we could unanimously agree that operating at anything near full capacity right now is a problem. Unfortunately, the replies on the TL don’t give me much hope.
For me, it comes down to this: the provincial healthcare system is in actual and genuine crisis, and increasing that risk surface for NHL hockey just seems so morally repugnant to me. Even if everyone was vaccinated, it’s a super-spreader event. It just is. While other jurisdictions might be able to get away with doing something like this — because their healthcare system isn’t on the literal brink — Alberta is absolutely boned right now and needs relief, not huge 18,000 person indoor gatherings. I’d love to see the Oilers leading from the front just once.
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