Hockey in Alberta and Oilers
many young Albertans dream of one day playing in the National
Hockey League (NHL) and gliding across the ice to the approving roars of
thousands of fans. They dream of their Oilers’ idols and
of the great players of the past; Gretzky,
Although the Oilers play an important part in
Alberta’s hockey history, they are simply a continuation
of a great saga that began a decade before this land
became a province. From the days of amateur
exhibitions on Calgary’s frozen Bow River or Edmonton’s
famous outdoor Thistle Rink to the many professional and
amateur teams who enjoyed the province's
winters, Alberta boasts a great hockey tradition.
is a place to find great amateur and junior clubs. The
province has always embraced the professional game,
from the Western Canada Hockey League to the
Hockey Association to the National Hockey League. It is
home to a series of Hockey Hall of Famers, from Neil
Colville to Grant Fuhr. It is the place where Eddie
Shore cultivated his famous reputation and where the Oilers
so many fans. It is home to one of the greatest
rivalries in all of pro sport, a place that has hosted and won hockey’s
Centennial and Memorial Cups and a place that has produced Olympic
gold medallists and Allan Cup winners.
But, to Albertans, hockey is about so
much more than just winning
and losing; it is in our very lifeblood. And in this
section of the website, the Edmonton Oilers Community
Foundation welcomes you
to explore the great game’s history in this province
and find out how the legacy and history of the Edmonton Oilers
is linked to those early shootouts at the outdoor rinks.
you can explore the Early
Years of the game in Alberta, and trace the Formation
of some of the great teams and legends that made Albertans
cheer from the 1950s to the 1960s. You will also find
information on the World Hockey Association Years
as we look back at the renegade WHA,
which introduced the Oilers to the world.
From there examine the impact of the Big
League and how the Oilers’ were able to gain entry into the National
Hockey League, and the challenges faced by a young and
exciting club. Included in this section are player
profiles of the "dream
team" of the 1980s and the story behind the Oilers’ great five-Stanley Cup Dynasty and
of the 1990s.
Welcome, and enjoy!