(This month, Puck Daddy asked bloggers for every NHL team to tell us The Essentials for their franchises — everything from the defining player and trade, to the indispensable fan traditions. Here's Pat McLean of Black Dog Hates Skunks, along with well-known Oiler blog commenter and season-ticket holder 'Woodguy', giving us The Essentials for the Edmonton Oilers.)
By Pat McLean and 'Woodguy'
Oiler fans love their players to be tough and nasty, so Mark Messier is the favourite of many. But there's only one guy with a statue outside of the arena. Lots of great Oilers, but none greater than Wayne Gretzky.
This is a tough one, the Oilers had some great ones. The 1989-90 season is a favourite, as the team bounced back from losing Gretzky to win their fifth Cup proving that his supporting cast had what it took as well but have to go with 83/84 the year the Oilers first won the Cup, all of the Boys on the Bus were still there and they beat their nemesis.
Game 1 of the 1984 Cup Final. The year before the Isles ground the flashy Oilers down. In this game Edmonton went into New York and beat them at their own game, 1-0. The Isles evened the Series in Game 2 but the Oilers swept the remaining games. Game 1 proved that they could beat the Isles' dynasty at their own game.