(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'
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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.