EDMONTON – Paul Coffey, Marty McSorley, Mark Messier, Bill Ranford, Ryan Smyth and the Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, are among the hockey royalty who will be on hand Wednesday to say a final goodbye to Rexall Place.
More than 150 former and current Oilers players, staff and special guests will be part of the farewell celebrations following the game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Former Oilers defenceman Craig Muni will be there. For Muni, the building holds special memories. He won three Stanley Cups during his seven years with the Oilers.
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“Obviously the first one stands out a lot,” he said. “The second one, now you look back at it, Wayne (Gretzky) kind of organized that team photo right at centre ice after the win. It was the first time that was ever done. Now it’s still a tradition that’s carried on 25, 30 years later.”
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Muni said his first NHL goal was another stand-out memory. He scored it against the Montreal Canadiens when Patrick Roy was in net.
But when he looks back on his years in Edmonton, perhaps the thing that stands out the most is the team that surrounded him.
“We had a great bunch of guys,” he said. “It was really a close-knit group of guys that had each other’s backs.
“I believe that was one of the main reasons why we had the success that we did. Everybody was basically like brothers.”
The alumni (listed below) will all be present at a public celebration at Churchill Square Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. They mayor will also be on hand for the festivities.
A few of the notable Oilers not on the list to attend include Bill Guerin, Doug Weight and Glen Sather, although all three are currently working with other NHL organizations.
Every player who has ever put on an Oilers jersey and played a game at the storied barn was invited back to bid the arena farewell.
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The puck drops at 5 p.m. Wednesday night. The start time was bumped up several hours from the original 8 p.m. start time to accommodate the post-game ceremony.
The event will involve a video tribute to the Oilers’ history at the building now known as Rexall Place. The tribute will include memories from the franchise’s time in the WHA, the glory years of the Stanley Cup dynasty teams, the team’s 2006 cup run, the modern era and everything in between.
“There are so many memories, stories, and hallmark moments in life that have occurred in the building for our fans and players alike, so it is important to recognize our time there with a celebration of this magnitude,” Oilers Entertainment Group vice chair Kevin Lowe said.
The Oilers have been preparing to say goodbye to the arena all season, with mini “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler” tributes. Oilers alumni and other prominent people associated with the organization have been showcased at each home game.
Here’s the full list of Oilers alumni who will be in attendance Wednesday night at Rexall Place:
Anderson GlennAnderson RonArndt DannyBaird KenBaltimore BryonBeaton FrankBelle ShawnBonvie DennisBrathwaite FredBrown SeanBrown KenCallighen BrettCarlyle SteveCarter AnsonChipperfield RonCoffey PaulConnor CamCorson ShayneCowley WayneCross CoryDebrusk LouieDeslauriers JeffDevereaux BoydEnnis JimFalkenberg BobFerguson ScottFerraro ChrisFitchner BobFonteyne ValFoster NormFriedman DougFuhr GrantGage JoaquinGare DannyGaron MathieuGelinas MartinGilmore TomGlynn BrianGraves SteveGreen JoshGretzky WayneGrieve BrentHamilton AlHawgood GregHerbers IanHicks DougHordichuk DarcyHuard BillHughes PatHughes JohnIng PeterJoseph ChrisKassian DennisKelly SteveKetter KerryKlima PetrKrake Phil “Skip”Kravchuk IgorKrushelnyski MikeKulak StuKurri JariLaforge MarcLamb MarkLangevin DaveLaraque GeorgesLemay MoeLindstrom Willy StaffLinseman KenLong BarryLow RonLowe KevinLumley DaveMacDonald BlairMallette TroyMaltby KirkMarkkanen JussiMcAmmond DeanMcAneeley BobMcAneeley TedMcDougall BillMcGill RyanMcKay RayMcSorley MartyMelnyk LarryMessier MarkMetcalfe ScottMio EddieMoller MikeMoore BarrieMuloin WayneMuni CraigNeilson JimNicholls BernieOlausson FredrikO’Marra RyanPassmore StevePatenaude RustyPearson ScottPerkins RossPisani FernandoPodein ShjonPrice PatPrimeau KevinRanford BillReasoner MartyRice StevenRogers JohnRoulston TomRuotsalainen ReijoSandwith TerranSemenko DaveSheehy TimSherven GordSimpson CraigSkorodenski WarrenSmith GeoffSmith DougSmith DanSmyth RyanStrudwick JasonStrueby ToddSutton AndyThornton ScottTopolnisky CraigUnger GarryVan Dorp WayneWalters RonWare MikeWeir StanWerenka BradZanier MikeZavisha BradZuk Wayne