Good Morning, Edmonton
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 12, 2016
Welcome to the new era of Oilers hockey. Seems like yesterday we said goodbye to our old friend, the Concrete Jungle. Tonight, we begin the first of multiple decades worth of hockey inside the NHL’s most spectacular arena. I’m not going to say much about the game – Hank’s world famous game day blog will have you covered for that. I just wanted to say a few words before our historic puck drop. So, here I go:
Ten years. That’s how long our city has been deprived of playoff hockey. Ten years since our dramatic game seven loss to Carolina. Ten years. Eleven years is an NHL record. There’s no way to sugarcoat it; the last decade has sucked. We have been put through more shit than any other fanbase in hockey history. We continually take punch after punch from the hockey world, the media, pop culture, and so on. We get poked at and laughed at, taunted and ridiculed, criticized and shamed. There have been 30 different teams who have made the playoffs since we lost to Carolina, in a 30 team league, and we’re not one of them. Think about that. We have been, quite literally, the NHL’s punching bag…
…But we did not break. While the NHL joked about our shortcomings, we sat back like the quite kid in the class and patiently waited. We knew that one day, we’d be big enough to fight back. To standup, and punch them in the mouth like a young Kavis Reed. Well hockey, that day has come. I won’t sit here and say we’re good enough to make the playoffs yet, because I don’t know that for sure. What I do know, however, is we’re going to make some fucking noise this year. We are motivated. We are excited. We are ready to fight back against all that’s been said about us, and take that next step we’ve so patiently been waiting for. And now, we have a leader to bring us there. We are Concrete born. Let’s kick the Flames’ ass tonight. Let’s go Oilers.