Friday, September 14, 2012

Oilers History: Jimmy Carson and the 1990 Stanley Cup



As if being traded for Wayne Gretzky wasn't going to be hard enough to deal with, playing in the city which #99 put on the map, would prove to be far too much for Jimmy Carson too handle. After one very productive but stressful season in an Edmonton Oilers uniform, the former 50 goal man requested a trade out of town. It was a move that would see Carson playing for his hometown Detroit Red Wings and the Oilers hoist their fifth Stanley Cup in seven years.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

1987 Canada Cup: CCCP vs Canada (Game Three)


After treating hockey fans, across the globe, to a pair of overtime thrillers in the opening two games of the 1987 Canada Cup Final, one could only guess what round three of this epic matchup would bring. With the emergence of Mario Lemieux on hockey's biggest stage, one had to wonder if Wayne Gretzky and his crew of Edmonton Oilers teammates had enough left in the tank, after having just captured their third Stanley Cup in four years, to lead Canada past the mighty USSR?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

1987 Canada Cup: CCCP vs Canada (Game Two)


After dropping the opening game of the 1987 Canada Cup Final to the Soviet Union, Team Canada were left facing a do or die scenario heading into Game Two. It was pretty simple. Win and they would force a third game. Lose and they would have to watch the Russians celebrate another Canada Cup championship, just as they did back in 1981.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

1987 Canada Cup: CCCP vs Canada (Game One)



Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the 1987 Canada Cup Final. In what many still feel to be the best series of games ever played on a sheet of ice, Team Canada and the Soviet Union squared off at the Montreal Forum, in Game One of this classic series.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Oilers History: Tommy Salo and the goal that changed everything


Many hockey observers tend to forget just how good former Edmonton Oilers netminder Tommy Salo was during his time in Oil Country. After being acquired from the New York Islanders during the 1998-1999 season, he had the unenviable task of following fan favourite Curtis Joseph. Not only was the Swede up to the challenge but he was arguably just as good, if not better, than Cujo during his time in Edmonton.