This Sunday was the annual Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss and although I was not able to attend, I wanted to take a look at the event. The Teddy Bear toss is exactly what it sounds like; a toy drive for the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and it is quite successful. Last year, fans threw 23, 096 stuffed toys onto the ice following the Hitmen’s first goal of the night. This year, the 17th running, that total was 25, 303.
Edmonton Oilers’ Swedish prospect Oscar Klefbom has had a less than ideal season so far. In September Klefbom suffered a cut to his thigh and subsequently a leg infection. Most recently, Klefbom suffered a concussion. Recently however, November 24th, Klefbom was able to return to his Swedish Elite Team (SEL) Färjestad BK. Should Klefbom remain healthy for the next month, we will be able to see Klefbom represent his country at the World Juniors tournament in Calgary.
If you were to ask most Oiler fans who their favourite Oiler is, you will likely hear the name Ryan Smyth. If you also ask who they think the team MVP is the answer would likely be the same; Ryan Smyth. In Edmonton people love Ryan Smyth the way Canucks fans love Trevor Linden and Leafs’ fans love Wendel Clark.
Although Ryan Smyth has only been invited to one NHL All Stars game in his life in 2007, Smyth has played for his country on numerous occasions. Smyth was a member of several gold medal winning Team Canadas; World Juniors team in 1995, Winter Olympics Team Canada in 2002, the 2004 World Cup, and the 2003 and 2004 World Championships as well as winning silver in the 2005 World Championships. Smyth is also commonly known not just in Edmonton, but across the country as Captain Canada.
Oilers lose 5-3 to Flames
I don’t know how (but I have a good idea) the Edmonton Oilers could start a game with a 2-0 lead and end up losing by two goals. Not only that, this loss was as bad as they come for Oiler fans, this was a game against the Calgary Flames.
Oilers beat Blue Jackets 6-3
“They don’t ask how, it’s just how many” Ryan Jones reminded Sportsnet’s Gene Principe following his first multiple goal night in the NHL. Remarkably, Jones also earned his first hat-trick in a game that also saw scoring from defenceman Ladislav Smid.
According to a tweet by 630 Ched’s Dan Tencer, Ryan Whitney will not receive a suspension or fine for his hit Wednesday night on Minnesota Wild right winger Cal Clutterbuck.
Clutterbuck did play following the collision, but not the entire game. Today, the Wild have released that Clutterbuck is suffering a charley horse injury.
The number of Oilers prospects who may wear an Oilers jersey or who are at the very least excellent trading tools is higher than it’s ever been. Yet, among all of the names there has definitely emerged a surprise this year. Currently leading the AHL in scoring is a prospect that many had forgotten about and who had been passed in the ranking by younger prospects; Philippe Cornet. Cornet has played 4 seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and now at the age of 21 (22 in March) is in his second AHL season.
Oilers lose 3-2 to Wild in a shootout
The trouble for the Oilers lately has been shots and consistency. For this game, the Oilers were able to match their opponents in terms of shots but consistency continued to elude the team. The Oilers earned a 2-0 lead and not only let that slide, but also managed to lose in the shootout. Of course what makes it worse is that it was to a division rival.
There is no denying the love the city of Edmonton has for Ryan Smyth, and now there is a song expressing this love. Nielson at the Team 1260 has posted “We Built This Smitty” a re-working of We Built This City by Starship. In the words of Nielson “We figured that Ryan Smyth probably deserved his own song. So we give to you. “We Built This Smitty” “
Following the Taylor Hall injury update, news that Ben Eager has some injury woes and Anton Lander took a maintenance day, the Edmonton Oilers have recalled centreman Ryan O’Marra from the Oklahoma City Barons. First round pick O’Marra was acquired by the Oilers as part of the package in the trade of Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders on NHL trade deadline day 2007. During his time with the Oilers, O’Marra has played 24 NHL games, 24 ECHL games and 240 AHL games.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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