Monday, May 26, 2014

The Oil Kings make their mark on Edmonton

From where I sit it looks like the Oil Kings need a new slogan...


Since the team's renewal in the WHL the Oil Kings have billed themselves as 'The other Oil in town'. And since 2007 they have played second fiddle to the Oilers. However, in the past 3 years it's become apparent the best bet for good hockey in Edmonton is the Oil Kings. The team has won more league titles in the last 3 seasons than the Oilers in the last 25 years. Not only are the tickets more affordable, but they also played better hockey. The team can put up points or dominate in a tight defensive game. Case in point the Memorial Cup final against Guelph. Not only did they give up the opening goal a minute into the game, but trailed 2-1 after the 1st to a team they had lost badly against a week prior. Add to that the Oil Kings played basically two more games than the Storm, it becomes an increasingly impressive performance. Too add a poignant touch Oil Kings players brought out the jersey of their late teammate Kristans Pelss as they celebrated their championship.  Judging by the throng of fans greeting them at the airport and the front page spreads in the local papers, it looks like the Oil Kings are becoming a larger part of the Edmonton sports scene.  Perhaps calling themselves the better Oil in town would be more accurate, but they like to let their play do the talking.

At least that's how I see it, and I sit in the cheap seats.

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