Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Lisa McRitchie on 07/31/11 at 09:54 PM ET
Most of us agree the Oilers are a team on the rise and covering them this season should be fun for our new Edmonton blogger Lisa.
Please welcome here and her first blog will appear shortly.
I wanted to start right in with a hockey article, but then I reminded myself that these are the dog days of summer, that news stories are hard to come by and idea stories will be needed for another couple of months. So, here we go with the introduction piece.
As you can see, my name is Lisa and it will be my pleasure to write about the Oilers. I was fortunate enough to be able to write about the Oilers last season and hope to continue to build upon my experiences. If you stumble upon my writings you will likely find interviews, game reviews, Oilers’ prospect news, Edmonton Oil Kings news, anything remotely Oilers related that comes to mind for me and quite possibly a number of other hockey happenings.
I am a hockey fan first and foremost, but then it is everything Oilers. The next thing that may be of importance is that yes, I am an Oilers’ fan living in Calgary and that I am an Edmontonian living in Calgary. You may find me wearing green and gold at Mcmahon stadium at football games, and supporting the Edmonton Rush, Oil Kings and of course the Oilers at the Saddledome. It’s alright, I have only had one beer thrown at me in the stands for wearing an Oilers jersey, spit on only once, etc, etc. Lately however, wearing my Paajarvi jersey has gotten me high fives and a few “the Oilers are going to be scary to play against soon.”
That statement brings me to perhaps the most important thing you may need to know about me. I am quite optimistic. In fact, the biggest criticism I received last season came after a particularly painful Oilers showing. What I was told is that I am “far too fair and level headed to do this game justice.” I was able to try to find some positives in even the worst Oilers’ losess.
So, there you have it, I have criticism for some players and the team overall, but I make all attempts to keep it fair and within reason. Also, I am a “saw him good” hockey observer. I do look at other aspects, but I default to the old fashioned measures.
I will say that I enjoy making hockey trips. I will drive up to Edmonton, Red Deer, or Medicine Hat to see a game. Usually these trips focus around prospect interviews, but they still end in hockey games. I also try to make at least one Oilers trip a year to see another arena and meet new fans of the game. It is a goal to make it to all of the NHL arenas for Oilers games and I am nearly halfway to this goal.
Because I have seen a number of other arenas in the league, I am also a staunch supporter for new arenas in both Edmonton and Calgary, or at least major renovations in the Saddledome.
My prediction for this years’ Oilers team is that they will make a push for the playoffs as so many Oilers’ fans are used to. This of course hinges on the Oilers remaining fit and healthy and perhaps some reliable goaltending. If I feel confident in anything, it is that the Oilers will not finish dead last, not a third season in a row.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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