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Doug Weight: My Favourite Post-Dynasty Oiler

Gator - One of My Many Many Many Favourites

Janne Niinimaa, My Favourite Post-Dynasty Oiler

Copper & Blue continues it's series on favourite post-dynasty players with Jonathan Willis' choice today: Janne Niinimaa.

Sortable Morenz Numbers

Animating NHL greats from cold, hard statues to living, breathing statistics

Morenz Numbers

Who led #NHL most often in goals, assists, and points? Our series wraps with a non-surprise.

... and Howe!

Reviewing 92 years of scoring leaders, and recasting the Art Ross Trophy in the process.

Presenting: The Gretzkys

Examining the history of #NHL assists leaders, 1917-2010.

Retro Rockets

"Awarding" the Maurice Richard Trophy retroactively yields interesting insights on the game's history.

The Draft List

A look at the first fifty or so names on the Oilers' 1979 draft list.

Remembering the Magic Man

Kent Nilsson was a rarity: he starred for the Jets, Flames, and Oilers.

Smitty the First

Despite his infamous moment, new Oilers asst coach Steve Smith was an outstanding rearguard back in the day.

Class of 1980: Best Oilers draft ever?

30 years ago this month, the #Oilers made a splash at the Entry Draft.

Our Forgotten First Overall

Once, a generation ago, the Edmonton Oilers picked first overall in the World Hockey Association. This is that story.

Mr. Goalie

Mr Goalie: In which we find what Hall of Famer won Cups for both the Flyers and the Blackhawks and other amazing facts

Sports rivalries and why we love them: Celtic vs. Rangers

Shepso attends one of sports' greatest rivalries, the battle for Glasgow - Celtic vs. Rangers.

May 30, 1985: Coffey's Cup

Silverware anniversary: 25 years ago the Oilers won their second Stanley Cup with a transcendent performance, beating 2010 finallists Chicago and Philadelphia in the process.

The Five Best Oiler Teams to Miss the Playoffs

Okay, the Edmonton Oilers have missed the playoffs a lot lately. But who are the five best Oiler teams not to make the post-season?

May 18, 1990: Jari Kurri turns 30 in style

Jari Kurri turns 50 today. On this date 20 years ago, he had his finest hour

Hartikainen Makes History His First Day

Teemu Hartikainen, on his very first day as an Edmonton Oiler, helped the team do something it had never done before. How's that for a teaser?

The League-Cup Double, and why it should matter

The League-Cup Double, and why it should matter. Ranking the dynasties based on both regular season and playoff titles

The (Early) Detroit Model

The Edmonton Oilers are actually following the Detroit Red Wings model to a T. After a fashion.


Sure, the Phoenix Coyotes put on a good show. But us Oiler fans should be crying to get the Jets back.

Remembering Jacques Lemaire, hockey player

Jacques Lemaire is (in)famous to modern hockey fans as a coach, but back in the day he was a pretty fair hockey player.

Draft Day trade triggers

Evaluating the triggers of four draft floor trades made by the Edmonton Oilers in the past decade.

March 25, 1982: The double century

Today in Oiler history: Wayne Gretzky scores his 200th point at the Calgary Corral 28 years ago today. Later in the same game he would establish another entirely independent NHL record.

A fine Mess

A fine Mess: Reviewing the 1991 sale of Mark Messier to the New York Rangers, and the bizarre sequence of transactions between the two squads.

The great stretch drive of 1980

It used to be a much bigger deal when the Oilers cisited Toronto. The most famous game between the two mostly non-rivals was played 30 years ago this month.

Coveting thy neighbor's General Manager

Lou Lamoriello is the thorn in the side of the NHL, but he's also quietly admired by his enemies. A look at his first scheme as General Manager of the New Jersey Devils.

"Eleven to nil for bloody Hartford"

Today in history: the record-breaking, Stanley Cup-bound Edmonton Oilers fall 11-0 to the sad sack Hartford Whalers to end what remains the worst road trip in franchise history.

The team that wouldn't die - the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers

Oilers - Flyers preview: Memories of happier times, when these two clubs met in one of the greatest of Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 1987.

"Happy birthday, Wayne": the 21-year, personal services contract

Rememebering Wayne Gretzky's 18th birthday party, and the 21-year personal services contract he signed at centre ice before the game that night. Both the contract and Wayne himself would have a major effect on the future course of the sport.

Have pads, will travel: the remarkable career of Fred Brathwaite

Peripatetic puckstopper: Remembering Fred Brathwaite, whose 12-team, 4-country professional career got its start right here in Edmonton.


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