The Oilers Legacy
Edmonton's hockey legacy, as well as its future,
can be found on frozen ponds and outdoor ice of neighborhood rinks.
In community centers, where minor hockey thrives, kids of all ages
dream of holding the Stanley cup like Gretzky, Messier, and Lowe did
years ago. They call out names of current Oilers, who they've met
through community events and special school visits, and try to touch
upon their spirit. Kids mimic their idols and the Oilers know that
in a city like Edmonton, where hockey is akin to religion, there is
responsibility both on and off the ice.
This section explores what hockey
means to Edmonton. From the contributions made by
players, coaches and
management to the impact the team
has made to the city. The legacy of the Oilers can be
defined by its involvement with the community. On the
ice, Edmonton players have gone on to the
played for our country on the international
stage, and have reaped awards for their abilities. Off the ice, the
Oilers players and personnel have brought hockey schools to the city,
committed time and work to charities, and have raised
awareness to social issues.
The legacy of the Edmonton Oilers is not found in
just one event or charitable organization, but in youth, where hockey
dreams and visions of favorite players reside.