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Northlands Coliseum, the Birthplace of the Wave?

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Up in Edmonton, meanwhile, where the local NHL squad already routinely packed its arena to the brim thanks to the on-ice exploits of a lanky teenager named Wayne Gretzky, things were different. So when Henderson took a gig working a handful of games at Northlands Coliseum during the 1980–81 season, he brought his new cheer with him, and saw, for the first time, the phenomenon’s true potential. "It was sold out," Henderson remembers of Northlands, "and when I did the Wave there, it looked spectacular."

In an article for The Walrus, Michael Hingston looks at the origin of the wave and it's connection to Rexall Place. As someone who is very anti-wave, I find this quite troubling.

After Connor McDavid Broke His Collar Bone, Brandon Manning Received Death Threats

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There was stuff on Twitter and everything, all kinds of threats. [...] And people were saying they hope I get AIDs. All kinds of stupid stuff.

Here's example 634,887 of fans on Twitter taking things too far. After Connor McDavid broke his collar bone in a completely accidental play, Brandon Manning, the player who knocked McDavid down, received death threats. I've got to give Manning credit, he's a more understanding person that I would be, going on to say "Canadian fans are passionate, and I don't think it would be any different with Flyers fans if they saw that one of our guys went down like that. So it wasn't a big deal to me."

William Lagesson Ranked as One of the Top Blue Line Prospects in Hockey East

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He's a physical, tough defender that could be a nice fifth or sixth blue liner for a NHL team down the road. His -3 plus/minus doesn't look impressive when looking at it alone, but he's on a woefully inept defensive team at UMass.

That's just a little of what SB Nation College Hockey had to say about Oilers prospect William Lagesson in their recent post on the Top 10 defence prospects in Hockey East. Click through for more on Lagesson and to see the entire list.

Oilers PA Announcer Set To Retire

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Hired by the Oilers in 1981, Lewis has called it all. Five Stanley Cup Championship seasons, four Cup wins on home ice, goals from hockey legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson, and special events such as the 1981 and 1984 Canada Cups and the 1989 NHL All-Star game.

When the Oilers take to the ice in October of 2016 not only will they do so in a new building but they will do so with a new public address announcer as well. Announced this afternoon, Mark Lewis, who has held the job since 1981 is retiring. The new building will take some getting used to, this might take even longer.

John Marino Named USHL Defenceman of the Week

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Marino dished out three assists in his USHL debut with the Tri-City Storm, a 5-1 win over rival Omaha Lancers. Marino, a 2015 NHL Draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, assisted on back-to-back goals in the first period. His third and final assist came on a Jake Wahlin tally to seal the win for the Storm.

USHL Press Release

Andrew Ference, Team Captain and Landlord?

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We talked about it and I think Peter [Chiarelli], is going down the path to make sure Connor is in a really good situation.

That's Andrew Ference answering a question about where Connor McDavid might live when he arrives in Edmonton for the upcoming season. Having a veteran around to help McDavid transition to the professional game will probably be helpful. Mario Lemieux did the same for Sideny Crosby when he was starting his career. Plus, living with Ference will ensure that McDavid knows all there is to know about recycling and borderline crazy fitness challenges.

Now Officially Retired, Sheldon Souray Thanks The People of Edmonton

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Thanks for treating me so well even when things got ugly with management. All I ever wanted to do since I was a little boy was play for the Oilers. I wish it turned out better in the end, but you always made me feel at home.

Although he hasn't played in more than two years Sheldon Souray had officially retired. But now that his contract has expired that's changed. In a very well written piece titled "The Wannabe" Souray looks back on how he got to the NHL and thanks the people of Edmonton as well.

Report: New York Turns Down Two Second Round Picks For Talbot

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I’m not certain of what has been offered from Edmonton’s perspective. I’m told that there was a team that offered two second round picks for Cam Talbot and that didn’t close the deal.

This morning Darren Dreger was on TSN 1260 and not surprisingly the Oilers goaltending situation, and their pursuit of a new netminder was a topic of conversation.

Both the Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, two of the teams rumoured to be most interested, have two second round picks in this year's draft, so if Dreger is right about the offer it doesn't mean that the Oilers were the team that made the offer. Personally, I think 33rd overall and a prospect (or a swap of prospects depending on who the Rangers want) gets this done, but only time will tell.

Oilers Give Pens Permission To Talk To Todd Nelson

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We're looking for a good teacher with a really good resume. We have some guys that we're interviewing that have NHL experience, that have AHL experience, that have been successful there. We lost a terrific coach in John Hynes. He did a terrific job and now he's rewarded for it. But I feel comfortable that we're going to have a very good coach there.

That's Penguins GM, Jim Rutherford, talking to the Tribune-Review about the franchise's vacant AHL head coaching position, a position that the Penguins have received permission to speak to Todd Nelson about filling. And before you even ask, as per the story, the Oilers will not receive a draft pick as compensation should the Penguins decide to hire Nelson.

The Fans Get Fiesty

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[I] hear once the season is over they are going to tear this down and start rebuilding

David Murray, responding to a post on the Oilers' official Facebook page about the ongoing construction of the Greenwichvillageplex downtown arena