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Woohoo, Hockey’s back! But the Feeling in my Extremities isn’t . . .

Posted in Editorial with tags , , , on January 13, 2013 by JonH

Shinny!

Shinny!


With the new NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement recently ratified teams could finally get to down to the business of playing hockey; for the Edmonton Oilers, business started with a bit of community outreach, which was just as much a public relations move as it was a team building exercise.

Minus 13? Whatever.

Minus 13? Whatever.

Hundreds came out to see Captains Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall lead their teams in a game that featured prominent Oiler prospects Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz, grizzled vets Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky, and Sam Gagner (yup, you heard it right, grizzled) and a host of others like RNH, Magnus Paajarvi, Jeff Petry and Ryan Whitney.

Hall and Eberle face off

Hall and Eberle face off

While there weren’t any highlight reel goals or awe-inspiring moves, seeing Devan Dubnyk score a goal and celebrate by running his hand along the ice before raising it into the air, and Darcy Hordichuk rubbing Laddy Smid out along the hay bale boards were pretty good.

Hordichuk following through on his check

Hordichuk following through on his check

Overall minus 13 isn’t too cold, but when you’re standing around for an hour in the snow it certainly starts to feel a little crisp. Thankfully the Edmonton Oilers put on a good show and entertained everyone who took the time to come out and see them play.

Happy Fans

Happy Fans

While the lockout certainly did a lot to frustrate fans, it would seem the Edmonton Oilers have come a long way to being forgiven in the city they represent.

Corey Potter

Corey Potter feeding the fans


Sam Gagner: a grizzled vet

Sam Gagner: a grizzled vet


The newest Oiler weapon: Nail Yakupov

The newest Oiler weapon: Nail Yakupov

Showboating!

Showboating!

Good job, Oilers!

Good job, Oilers!

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New Years Eve in Edmonton

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 1, 2013 by JonH

I saw 2012 out with a lot of walking. I made my way to Churchill Square for a brief visit. I didn’t see any bands, but there was a cool looking stage set up, and loads of kids running amok around some lights that were vaguely reminiscent of Miami Vice.

City Hall as seen from Churchill Square

City Hall as seen from Churchill Square

Great lights, no band. At least not while I was there.

Great lights, no band. At least not while I was there.

Feral children running around the Miami Vice light show.

Feral children running around the Miami Vice light show.

After a brief hang with the locals, I meandered up 124 street for a stroll. Although activity on the street itself would indicate evidence to the contrary, it’s nice to see 124 starting to show signs of life: three of the restaurants along the strip between 107 ave and 108 ave were buzzing with activity.

A few vehicles, but not a lot of pedestrians on 124 street

A few vehicles, but not a lot of pedestrians on 124 street

The best place to be, however, was back home where the Aug was sleeping soundly with his mom.

A couple of houses over, they really get into the spirit.

A couple of houses over, they really get into the spirit.

Happy New Year!