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Edmonton Oilers
Hockey current event.svg 2010–11 Edmonton Oilers season
Edmonton Oilers
Conference Western
Division Northwest
Founded 1972
History Edmonton Oilers
1979–present (NHL)
1973–1979 (WHA)

Alberta Oilers
1972–73 (WHA)

Home arena Rexall Place
City Edmonton, Alberta
Colours Royal Blue, Orange, White

Midnight Blue, Copper, White, Red

Media Rogers Sportsnet West
CHED (630 AM)
Owner(s) Canada Rexall Sports
(Daryl Katz, Chairman)
General manager Canada Steve Tambellini
Head coach Canada Tom Renney
Captain Canada Shawn Horcoff
Minor league affiliates Oklahoma City Barons (AHL)
Stockton Thunder (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 5 (1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90)
Conference championships 7 (1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2005–06)
Division championships 7 (1978–79 (WHA), 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87)

The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The Oilers were founded on November 1, 1971, with the team playing its first season in 1972, as one of twelve founding franchises of the major professional World Hockey Association (WHA). They were originally intended to be one of two WHA teams in Alberta (the other one being the Calgary Broncos). However, when the Broncos folded before the WHA's first season began, the Oilers were renamed the Alberta Oilers. They returned to using the Edmonton Oilers name for the following year, and have been called that ever since. The Oilers subsequently joined the NHL in 1979, as one of four franchises introduced through the NHL merger with the WHA.

After joining the NHL, the Oilers went on to win the Stanley Cup on five occasions: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990. For their success in the 1980s, the Oilers team of this era has been honoured with "dynasty" status by the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Main article: History of the Edmonton Oilers

WHA years (1972–79)Edit

On November 1, 1971, the Edmonton Oilers became one of the 12 founding WHA franchises. The original team owner was Bill Hunter. Hunter owned the Edmonton Oil Kings, a junior hockey franchise.[1] He also founded the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (now known as the Western Hockey League (WHL)).[1] Hunter's efforts to bring major professional hockey to Edmonton via an expansion NHL franchise had been rebuffed by the NHL. So, he looked to the upstart WHA instead. It was Hunter who chose the "Oilers" name for the new WHA franchise. This was a name that had previously been used as a nickname for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 1950s and 1960s.[2]

After the newly founded Calgary Broncos folded prior to commencement of the inaugural WHA season, the Oilers were renamed the Alberta Oilers as it was planned to split their home games between Edmonton and Calgary. Possibly for financial reasons or to allow for a less complicated return of the WHA to Calgary, though, the team ultimately played all of its home games in the Edmonton Gardens and subsequently changed its name back to the Edmonton Oilers the following year.[3] They won the first game in WHA history 7-4 over the Ottawa Nationals.[4]

The Oilers drew fans with players such as defenceman and team captain Al Hamilton, goaltender Dave Dryden, and forwards Blair MacDonald and Bill Flett. However, a relatively little-noticed move in 1976 would have an important impact on the history of the franchise. That year, journeyman forward Glen Sather was acquired by the Oilers.[5] It turned out to be his final season as a player. However, he was named player-coach late in the season, moving to the bench full-time after the season. Sather would be the coach or general manager of the Oilers for the next 23 years.[6]

The team's performance would improve in 1978, when new owner Peter Pocklington acquired Wayne Gretzky as an under-age player (consequentially, his first year of WHA experience prevented him from being an official 1979–80 NHL rookie), as well as goaltender Eddie Mio and forward Peter Driscoll, from the recently-folded Indianapolis Racers for cash.[7] Gretzky's first and only WHA season, 1978–79, saw the Oilers finish first in the WHA standings, posting a league-best 48–30–2 record.[8] However, Edmonton failed to win the championship, as they fell to the Winnipeg Jets in the Avco World Trophy Final. Dave Semenko of the Oilers scored the last goal in WHA history in the third period of the final game, which the Oilers lost 7-3.[9]

The Oilers joined the National Hockey League for 1979–80, along with fellow WHA teams Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques, and the Jets following a merger agreement between the two leagues. Of these four teams, only Edmonton has avoided relocation and renaming; the Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995, the Jets became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, and the Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997.[10]

Entry into the NHL (1979–1983)Edit

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The Oilers lost most of the players from 1978–79 when the NHL held a reclamation draft of players who had bolted to the upstart league as they were allowed to protect two goaltenders and two skill players.[11] Originally, Gretzky was not eligible to be protected; under the rules of the time, he normally would have been placed in the Entry Draft pool. However, Pocklington had signed him to a twenty-one personal services year contract in 1979 and Pocklington used the contract to force the NHL to admit the Oilers and allow the Oilers to keep Gretzky.[12]

The Oilers were mediocre during the regular season in their first two seasons, finishing sixteenth and fourteenth respectively. However, due to the fact that 16 of the 21 NHL teams made the playoffs at the time, the Oilers were still able to get their young players experience in the playoffs (they would make the playoffs for their first thirteen years in the NHL).[13] They won only one playoff series over this time span though, upsetting the Montreal Canadiens in 1980-81. Gretzky set new NHL records in 1980-81 for assists (109)[14] and points (with 164).[15] Also, they still had great draft positions. This allowed the Oilers to put together a young, talented, experienced team quickly. Within three years, Sather and chief scout Barry Fraser had drafted several players who would have an important role in the team's success, including Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Kevin Lowe, Grant Fuhr and Andy Moog.[16]

1981–83: Learning to winEdit

The Oilers improved in 1981-82, finishing second overall. Grant Fuhr emerged as the Oilers' starting goaltender, and he set a rookie record by going undefeated in twenty-three straight games.[17] However, Gretzky stole the show by setting the single season record for goals with ninety-two[18] and becoming the first player in NHL history to score 200 points (with 212).[15] Gretzky's accomplishments helped the Oilers become the first team to score four hundred goals in a season, a feat they would accomplish for five straight years.[19] However, the Oilers were upset by the Los Angeles Kings in five games (game three of this series, now known as the Miracle on Manchester, saw the Oilers take a 5-0 lead, only to lose 6-5 to the Kings in overtime).[20][21]

In 1982-83, the Oilers finished third overall in the NHL. They advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals (losing only once in the process) before getting swept by the New York Islanders.[22] During this season, Gretzky, Messier, Anderson, and Kurri all topped the 100 point plateau, with Coffey not far behind at 96.[22] After the season, Lee Fogolin resigned as captain of the Oilers, picking Gretzky as his successor.[23]

Dynasty years (1983–1990)Edit

In 1983–84, the Oilers finished first overall in the NHL, winning a franchise record fifty-seven games and earning 119 points (fifteen points ahead of the second place Islanders). They were the first team to feature three players with fifty goals (Gretzky, Kurri and Anderson).[24] Gretzky started off strong by scoring at least a point in the first fifty-one games of the season.[25] Paul Coffey became the second defenceman ever to score forty goals in a season (with forty exactly).[26] The Oilers scored a grand total of 446 goals as a team, an NHL record.[27] The Oilers were so determined to win the Stanley Cup that they hired Roger Neilson as a video analyst.[28] They started the playoffs strongly by sweeping the Winnipeg Jets in the Smythe Division semifinals. They faced a tougher test in the Calgary Flames, but they defeated them in seven games in the division finals. They then swept the Minnesota North Stars in the conference finals to earn a rematch with the Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers split the first two games in Long Island, but then won three in a row in Edmonton to become the first former WHA team to win the Stanley Cup. After the series, Mark Messier was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.[29]

Next year, the Oilers finished second overall in the NHL with 49 wins and 109 points. Wayne Gretzky led the NHL in goals with 73,[30] and Jari Kurri was close behind with a career high 71.[31] Gretzky also became the youngest player in NHL history to score one thousand points.[32] In the playoffs, the Oilers swept the Kings in the opening round and Jets in the first two rounds. They won the first two games of the Campbell Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, but lost the next two before winning the final two and returning to the Stanley Cup Finals. Edmonton lost the first game to Philadelphia, but won the next four to win the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row. Paul Coffey had a playoff performance to remember, setting records for most goals (twelve), assists (twenty-five), and points (thirty-seven) ever by a defenceman in a playoff year.[33] In addition, Jari Kurri tied Reggie Leach's record for most goals in a playoff year, with 19.[34] However, Gretzky won the Conn Smythe Trophy after setting the record for most points in a playoff year (forty-seven).[35]

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Despite some off-season legal issues,[29] the Oilers were again the top team in the NHL during the 1985–86 regular season, with 56 wins and 119 points. They won the inaugural Presidents' Trophy, the trophy given to the team with the best regular-season record. Gretzky, Kurri, and Anderson each scored fifty goals again.[24] Kurri led the NHL in goals with 68, finishing with 131 points. Paul Coffey set a new record for most goals in a season by a defenceman (forty-eight), and he just missed setting a new record for points by a defenceman with 138 (Bobby Orr scored 139 in 1970-71).[36][37] Gretzky also set records for assists (163) and points (215).[25] However, the Oilers failed to win their third straight Stanley Cup, as the Calgary Flames defeated them in seven games in the second round of the playoffs. In the third period of a 2–2 tie during game seven, Steve Smith, a rookie for the Oilers, accidentally sent the puck into his own net. This goal stood as the game-and-series-winning goal.[38]

1986–87 saw the Oilers capture their second straight President's Trophy with 50 wins and 106 points. Gretzky and Kurri were first and second in the NHL point scoring race, and Messier was fourth.[39] Edmonton returned to the Stanley Cup Final and faced the same opponent as they had in 1985, the Philadelphia Flyers. The Oilers took a 3 games to 1 lead in the series. However, strong goaltending by Flyers' rookie Ron Hextall forced a game seven. The Oilers still prevailed by a score of 3-1. In the post-game celebration, Gretzky immediately passed the Stanley Cup to Steve Smith, now vindicated after his costly miscue the previous season.[40] However, Hextall won the Conn Smythe Trophy.[41]

The Oilers began losing star players in 1987–88. Paul Coffey sat out the first twenty-one games of the season before getting traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.[42] Andy Moog also failed to report; he was tired of being Grant Fuhr's backup goalie. Moog played for the Canadian Olympic team in the 1988 Winter Olympics before getting traded to the Boston Bruins for Bill Ranford.[43] Despite the changes, the Oilers placed third overall in the NHL. Grant Fuhr started a league-record 75 games (this record has now been broken)[44] and posted a team-record 40 wins.[45] In the first round of the playoffs, the Oilers dispatched the third place Winnipeg Jets in five games. The Oilers then defeated first-overall Calgary in a sweep. In the Campbell Conference Final against the Detroit Red Wings, the Oilers prevailed in five games. The Oilers then swept the Boston Bruins in five games in a best-of-seven series. This occurred because of trouble during game four. With the score tied 3–3 in the second period, a power outage hit the Boston Garden, forcing cancellation of the entire game. The Oilers would win the next game (originally scheduled as game five) back in Edmonton 6–3 to complete the series sweep. However, all player statistics for the aborted game four in Boston are counted in the NHL record books. Gretzky won the Conn Smythe Trophy after leading the playoffs in scoring with forty-three points. After the Cup-clinching game, Gretzky implored his teammates, coaches, trainers, and others from the Oilers organization to join at centre ice for an impromptu team photo with the Stanley Cup. This started a tradition since continued by every subsequent Stanley Cup champion.[46] After the season, Fuhr was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.[47]

1988–1990: After GretzkyEdit

In a surprising and shocking trade, Gretzky, along with enforcer Marty McSorley and centre Mike Krushelnyski, was traded to Los Angeles on August 9, 1988. In exchange, the Oilers received $15 million US cash, young star Jimmy Carson, 1988 first round draft choice Martin Gélinas, and the Kings' first round draft picks in 1989, 1991, and 1993. The trade occurred because Pocklington didn't want to risk Gretzky leaving Edmonton without getting anything in return. Gretzky had converted his personal-services contract with Pocklington into a standard five-year player's contract with the Oilers in the summer of 1987 with an option to declare himself an unrestricted free agent after the 1988-89 season. During the 1987–88 season, Pocklington had approached Gretzky about renegotiating the contract, but Gretzky, unwilling to give up his chance at free agency, refused, which ultimately led to the trade. None of this was public knowledge at the time.[48]

However, the Oilers and their fans were still upset. Nelson Riis, the New Democratic Party leader in Canada's House of Commons, went so far as to ask the government to block the trade.[49] Several of the Oilers considered launching a team-wide strike, and even considered demanding that Pocklington sell the team.[50]

The loss of Gretzky had an immediate impact in 1988–89, as the Oilers were only able to finish in third place in their division. Mark Messier was chosen to succeed Gretzky as captain.[51] Ironically, the Oilers' first round playoff opponent was Gretzky's Los Angeles Kings. Edmonton took a commanding 3-1 series lead, but Gretzky and the Kings fought back to win game seven 6-3 in Los Angeles. It was the first time since 1982 that the Oilers had been eliminated from the playoffs after only one round.

The Oilers underwent more changes during 1989-90 season. John Muckler replaced Glen Sather as coach of the Oilers; Sather became the Oilers' president and general manager.[52] During training camp, Grant Fuhr came down with a severe case of appendicitis. He missed the first ten games of the season, and when he returned he suffered a shoulder injury that eventually sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[17] This marked the emergence of Bill Ranford as a starter. Four games into the season, Jimmy Carson decided the pressure of playing in Edmonton was too intense, and he was traded to Detroit with Kevin McClelland for Petr Klima, Adam Graves, Joe Murphy, and Jeff Sharples.[53] The Oilers improved on their previous season, finishing with 38 wins and 90 points, good for fifth place overall in the NHL. Messier had 45 goals and 84 assists for 129 points, good for second in the NHL scoring race (behind only Gretzky).[54]

In the first round, the Oilers faced the Winnipeg Jets. Trailing the series 3-1 and trailing game five by the identical score, the Oilers rallied to win the next three and take the series. In the division final, the Oilers met the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight season. Edmonton swept the series 4-0, outscoring Los Angeles 22-10. The Oilers met the Chicago Blackhawks in the Campbell Conference Final and fell behind 2-1 in the series. However, the Oilers won the next three games to earn a rematch of the 1988 Stanley Cup Finals with Boston. The Final will be remembered for game one which still stands as the longest Stanley Cup Final game played in the modern NHL. Despite being soundly outshot by the Bruins, the Oilers won the game 3-2 when Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime.[55] The Oilers would go on to defeat the Bruins in five games, and win their first Cup without Gretzky. For his superlative goaltending, Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy.[56] This proved to be the end of an era for Edmonton, however; the Oilers have not won the Stanley Cup ever since.

Decline in success (1990–1996)Edit

The Oilers lost another important player before the 1990-91 season, as Jari Kurri chose to play the entire season with the HC Milano Devils. Grant Fuhr was also suspended for sixty games for drug abuse.[57] The season itself was not a great one for the Oilers: they finished with 37 wins and 80 points, good for third place in the Smythe Division. In the playoffs, the Oilers met the Flames in the opening round. In a thrilling series, the Oilers won the series in seven games, led by seven goals by Esa Tikkanen. Despite injuries suffered in the series with Calgary, they defeated the Los Angeles King in six games. Their success was unable to continue into the Conference Final, however, as Minnesota defeated them in five games.

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The final star players from the Oilers left before the 1991-92 season. Grant Fuhr and Glenn Anderson were traded to Toronto,[58] Steve Smith was traded to Chicago,[59] and Jari Kurri was traded to Philadelphia.[60] Charlie Huddy was claimed by Minnesota in the expansion draft,[61] and Mark Messier was traded to the New York Rangers a day after the season began.[62] The Oilers even lost their head coach, as John Muckler left to become head coach and general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.[52] Ted Green replaced Muckler as head coach,[63] and Kevin Lowe succeeded Messier as captain.[64]

Despite the staggering amount of changes, the Oilers produced a comparable season to 1990-91, finishing third in the Smythe Division with 36 wins and 82 points. In the first round of the playoffs, the Oilers again met the Los Angeles Kings. Again, for the third time since the Gretzky trade, the Oilers defeated the Kings. In the next round, the Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games to return to the Campbell Conference Final for the third straight season, this time facing the Chicago Blackhawks. However, the Oilers unexpected run in the playoffs came to a crashing halt, as the Blackhawks dominated every game and swept the series 4-0.

The departures of the stars from the 1980s exposed serious deficiencies in the Oilers' development system. The Oilers had done a poor job of drafting during the dynasty years,[16] and the younger players hadn't had nearly enough time to develop before the core of the 1980s dynasty left town. This didn't become apparent for a few years; as mentioned above, the Oilers still had enough heft to make the conference finals two years in a row. However, it was obvious that they were nowhere near being the powerhouse that had dominated the league in the previous half-decade. In 1992-1993, the Oilers missed the playoffs for the first time as an NHL team. They would not return to the post-season for four years, despite the emergence of young centremen Doug Weight and Jason Arnott.

Return to the playoffs (1996-2004)Edit

In 1996-97, the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time in five years, thanks to stellar goaltending by Curtis Joseph. In the first round, they upset the Dallas Stars, who had compiled the league's second best record, in a seven-game series. The Oilers won game seven on a goal by Todd Marchant in overtime. Unfortunately, the Oilers surprise playoff run failed to continue, as the Colorado Avalanche defeated them in the next round.

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In 1997-98, Joseph led the Oilers to another first-round upset. After the Colorado Avalanche took a 3–1 series lead, the Oilers held them scoreless for eight straight periods en route to winning the series in seven games. Dallas and Edmonton met again in the second round, but this time, the Stars were the victors. The Oilers would make the playoffs in four of the next six years, but they were defeated after the first round every single time.

Despite their success over the past two seasons, the Oilers were in trouble off the ice. Owner Peter Pocklington had explored moving the Oilers to Minnesota during the 1990s, and in 1998 Pocklington almost made a deal to sell the team to Leslie Alexander, the owner of the Houston Rockets of the NBA who would have moved the team to Houston, Texas. However, hours before the deadline to keep the team in Edmonton, the Edmonton Investors Group purchased the team and thus prevented them from being the third Canadian team to move in the 1990s (the Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques had moved earlier in the decade). The Oilers received support from the NHL for this very reason.[65][66]

On November 22, 2003, the Oilers hosted the 2003 Heritage Classic, the first regular season outdoor hockey game in the NHL's history and part of the celebrations of the Oilers' 25th season in the NHL. The Oilers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens 4–3 in front of more than 55,000 fans, an NHL attendance record, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Unfortunately, the Oilers would fail to make the playoffs in the 2003-04 season.

Post-lockout years (2005–present)Edit


The Oilers struggled with their small-market status for several years, but after the wiped-out 2004–05 season, they were aided by a collective bargaining agreement between the NHL owners and players. This included a league-wide salary cap that forced all teams to essentially conform to a budget, as the Oilers had been doing for years.[67] A more reasonable conversion rate of Canadian dollar revenues to U.S. dollar payroll in the new millennium also helped the Oilers to return to profitability.[65] Because of this, Edmonton was able to acquire Chris Pronger (former winner of the Hart and Norris Trophies)[68] and Michael Peca (two-time Frank J. Selke Trophy winner)[69] before the 2005-06 season.[70][71]

The team suffered from inconsistency during the first few months of the regular season, especially in goal and on offence. Goaltenders Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen were unreliable in net, and Peca also struggled with offence.[71][72][73] However, in-season acquisitions, such as defenceman Jaroslav Špaček,[74] defenceman Dick Tärnström,[75] goaltender Dwayne Roloson,[76] and left wing Sergei Samsonov,[77] helped Edmonton finish the regular season with ninety-five points and clinch the final playoff spot in the Western Conference over the Vancouver Canucks.[78]

In the first round of the playoffs, the Oilers played the Detroit Red Wings (winners of the Presidents' Trophy).[79] Despite Detroit's much better regular season record, the Oilers pulled off a six-game upset for their first playoff series win since 1998.[13] Edmonton then met the San Jose Sharks in the semifinals. After trailing the series two-games-to-none, the Oilers won the next four and became the first eighth-seeded team to reach a Conference Final since the NHL changed the playoff format in 1994.[80] There the Oilers would beat the sixth-seeded Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in five games, claiming the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl for a seventh time.

In the Stanley Cup Final, Edmonton met the Carolina Hurricanes. During the first game, the Oilers blew a 3-0 lead, lost Dwayne Roloson for the series after Roloson suffered a knee injury, and lost 5-4 when Rod Brind'Amour scored after backup Ty Conklin misplayed the puck.[81] However, after trailing the series 2–0 and 3–1, the Oilers forced a seventh game. Unfortunately for them, they could not complete the comeback, as the Hurricanes won the seventh game by a score of 3–1 to capture their first ever Stanley Cup.[82]

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During the 2006 off-season many Oilers left the team. Four days after their loss to the Hurricanes, Chris Pronger surprisingly issued a trade request for personal reasons. Pronger was subsequently traded to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, and three draft picks.[83] Several Oilers left via free agency, and, during the season, long-time Oiler Ryan Smyth was traded to the New York Islanders for Ryan O'Marra, Robert Nilsson, and a first round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Alex Plante).[84] Not everyone left the team, however; the Oilers were able to resign Dwayne Roloson. Having lost so many players, though, the Oilers only posted a 32–43–7 record in 2006-07 (their worst record since the 1995–1996 season) and finished in eleventh place in the Western Conference. Throughout the season, the Oilers lost various players to injury and illness. At one point, they had eleven players out of the line-up and had to rely on emergency call-ups to fill their roster.[85]

In 2007-08, the Oilers had a 16-21-4 record after the first half of the season. However, they improved the second half of the year and went 25-14-2 in forty-one games for a final record of 41-35-6. This was not good enough to make the playoffs, though, as the Oilers finished three points out in ninth place. During the season, Daryl Katz, owner of the Rexall pharmaceutical company, purchased the Oilers from the Edmonton Investors Group.[86]

2008-09 saw the Oilers finish with a record of 38-35-9. However, that was only good enough for eleventh place in the Western Conference. One bright spot during the season was Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson, though, as he became the oldest goalie to play sixty games.[87] After the season, the Oilers fired Craig MacTavish, their long time head coach, and hired Pat Quinn to replace him.[88]

Roloson left via free agency at the end of the season, and the Oilers replaced him in goal with Nikolai Khabibulin.[89] The Oilers also worked out a trade with the Ottawa Senators for star right wing Dany Heatley, but Heatley refused to be dealt to Edmonton and was later acquired by the San Jose Sharks.[90] Offseason moves failed to help the Oilers as they had their worst NHL season ever, finishing in thirtieth place in 2009-10. Following the season, Tom Renney replaced Quinn as the Oilers head coach.[91] The one advantage to such a bad season was that the Oilers were able to make the first pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers selected the highly touted Taylor Hall with their pick.

During the Oilers' offseason, radio announcer Rod Phillips announced his retirement. Phillips had been the Oilers' play-by-play announcer since 1973-74. Phillips would call ten games in 2010-11 before calling it quits.[92]

Season-by-season recordEdit

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Oilers. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Edmonton Oilers seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses/Shootout Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2005–06 82 41 28 13 95 256 251 1178 3rd, Northwest Lost in Finals, 3–4 (Hurricanes)
2006–07 82 32 43 7 71 195 248 1090 5th, Northwest Did not qualify
2007–08 82 41 35 6 88 235 251 1175 4th, Northwest Did not qualify
2008–09 82 38 35 9 85 234 248 1227 4th, Northwest Did not qualify
2009–10 82 27 47 8 62 214 284 1131 5th, Northwest Did not qualify

Team informationEdit



The original 1972 design featured the now-traditional colours of blue and orange, but reversed from their more familiar appearance in later seasons, orange being the dominant colour and blue used for the trimming. For the first few games of the 1972 season, player names were not displayed on the uniform; rather the word "ALBERTA" was written in that space. About halfway through the season, though, the player names made their appearance, since the Oilers had played exclusively in Edmonton.[93] These jerseys also featured the player numbers high on the shoulders, rather than on the upper sleeve.


In the 1975–76 WHA season the jersey was changed to the more familiar blue base with orange trim, but with some minor differences. The logo that appeared on programs and promotional material remained the same; however, the logo that appeared on the home jersey had a white oil drop, on a dark orange field, with the team name written in deep blue. The away jersey featured an orange-printed logo, but, otherwise, the jerseys were nearly identical to the dynasty-era form.

When the team jumped to the NHL in 1979, the alternate logos were discarded and the jersey took its most famous form, though the logo did appear slightly different on a few vintages of the jersey. Minor changes were also made to the numbering, lettering, and collar in their first few NHL campaigns. The essential design remained untouched until 1996, when the blue and orange were replaced by midnight blue and copper. Other changes made to the jersey at that point were the removal of the orange shoulder bar and cuffs from the away jersey, and the addition of the "Rigger" alternate logo to the end of the shoulder bar on the home jersey, and the equivalent position on the road jersey. A year later, the shoulder bars were removed from the home jersey as well, and the Oilers' sweater design then remained stable until 2007. In 2007, with the NHL's switch to Reebok Edge jerseys, the Oilers kept their team colours but changed the style of their jerseys. In 2008, the Oilers introduced a new alternate jersey resembling their away jersey from the 1980s. In 2009-10, this jersey became the Oilers' main home jersey, and the old one became their alternate.


The Oilers do not have a mascot, making them one of only four NHL teams without one (the others are the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Dallas Stars.)[94]


Current rosterEdit

Template:Edmonton Oilers roster

Retired numbersEdit

  • 3 Al Hamilton, D, 1972–80, number retired in 1980 (jersey ceremony held April 4, 2001)
  • 7 Paul Coffey, D, 1980–87, number retired October 18, 2005
  • 9 Glenn Anderson, RW, 1980–91, 1996, number retired January 18, 2009
  • 11 Mark Messier, C, 1979–91, number retired February 27, 2007
  • 17 Jari Kurri, RW, 1980–90, number retired October 6, 2001
  • 31 Grant Fuhr, G, 1981–91, number retired October 9, 2003
  • 99 Wayne Gretzky, C, 1978–88, number retired October 1, 1999

Hall of FamersEdit

  • Roger Neilson, Video Analyst, 1984 Playoffs, inducted 2002
  • Glen Sather, Team Captain/Head coach/President/GM, 1976–2000, inducted 1997

Team captainsEdit

Note: This list includes Oiler captains from both the NHL and WHA.

Head coachesEdit

Note: This list includes coaches from the WHA.

Franchise recordsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point, goal, and assist scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; G/G = Goals per game; A/G = Assists per game; * = current Oilers player

Note: This list includes WHA statistics.

Points Goals Assists
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Wayne Gretzky C 768 626 1,147 1,773 2.31
Jari Kurri RW 754 474 569 1,043 1.38
Mark Messier C/LW 851 392 642 1,034 1.22
Glenn Anderson RW 845 417 489 906 1.07
Paul Coffey D 532 209 460 669 1.26
Doug Weight C 588 157 420 577 .98
Ryan Smyth LW 770 265 284 549 .69
Esa Tikkanen LW 490 178 258 436 .89
Kevin Lowe D 1,037 74 310 384 .37
Shawn Horcoff* C 637 133 241 374 .59
Player Pos G G/G
Wayne Gretzky C 626 .82
Jari Kurri RW 474 .63
Glenn Anderson RW 417 .49
Mark Messier C/LW 392 .46
Ryan Smyth LW 265 .34
Paul Coffey D 209 .39
Craig Simpson LW 185 .44
Esa Tikkanen LW 178 .36
Doug Weight C 157 .27
Craig MacTavish C 155 .22
Player Pos A A/G
Wayne Gretzky C 1,147 1.49
Mark Messier C/LW 642 .75
Jari Kurri RW 569 .75
Glenn Anderson RW 489 .58
Paul Coffey D 460 .86
Doug Weight C 420 .71
Kevin Lowe D 310 .30
Charlie Huddy D 287 .41
Ryan Smyth LW 284 .37
Al Hamilton D 273 .56

Single season leadersEdit

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NHL awards and trophies Edit

Home ArenasEdit


Television: Rogers Sportsnet West

Radio: CHED

  • Jack Michaels - Play-by-play
  • Bob Stauffer - Colour commentator

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