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Playing in the Park

The plight of the fans is what has been most discussed in Edmonton during the lockout. In the NHL's northermost city, where the winter is long and the hours of daylight are short, the winter blues are a reality. For some, the blues are combated with the obsession over the home team, that and beer consumption that just seems to make everything seem a little less important even if just for the time being. 

Knowing just how badly the city of Edmonton wanted the NHL back, the Oilers got a little creative and played their first game outdoors, in the park. And didn't sell a single ticket.

It wasn't a game changer like the first Winter Classic, an outdoor NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on a frigid November night, but it was something new, something that will be remembered by the fans who felt slighted these past few months.

In a true sign of the times, the announcement was made via twitter, seemingly just friendly banter between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall that fans had seen before.It was through Ryan Whitney'sTwitter account that we learned that

Eberle & Hall in worst hangman game in history Ebs cant spell "banana" and hall cant figure out 2nd word is "split" Wow 


The Offical Oilers Twitter account retweeted Hall and Eberle's posts though, and what followed was truly remarkable.


This may not be the Joey Moss Cup, but at least it gave fans something to take their minds off of shovelling snow.

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

How freaking cool is that? That’s “promotion” done as well as it can be done. Kudos to the Oilers organization.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/16/13 at 11:27 PM ET

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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.

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