Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I Am Now Property of the Edmonton Oilers!

I've been hanging out at the HF Boards, an online hockey forum for about a year now. I enjoy talking to Thrashers fans as well as fans from around the world. When we knew for sure that the Thrashers were leaving Atlanta, someone had the idea of having a draft for the fans. The moderators from each team's board were given a draft number and order in which they would pick. Someone even did a prospect report on us!

I am very pleased to announce that I went 8th overall to the Edmonton Oilers! Am I moving to Edmonton and forsaking all other teams? No, of course not. Being in EST time zone, it will be a challenge for me to watch all of the games, but I am committed to following the team! I've been interacting with their board members and they have been very warm and welcoming. So I WILL be doing the following:

  • Watching as many games as possible
  • Pulling for Edmonton over everyone except the Predators (thank goodness they aren't division rivals)
  • Traveling to Nasvhille to see the guys play as well as possibly Raleigh.
  • Traveling to Charlotte to see their AHL team, the Barons, play
  • Blogging here with those pictures

I can't really explain it, but for some reason this has given me the most excitement and joy of hockey since finding out the Thrashers were leaving. I thought planning to go to Preds games would help, but it really didn't. Maybe because I usually go to Preds games anyway. This is something new for me, so maybe that's it.

Do you think it seems weird for a Thrashers fan to change to an Oiler fan? It is a bit of an extreme change, but if kind of makes sense if you think about it:
  • Both teams have been rebuilding forever
  • Both teams are usually near the basement
  • Both teams have a good young core
So welcome my new Oiler friends! I am honored to be selected by a team with such a storied past and promising future.


Anonymous June 8, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

You wear it well :-)

kerry outen June 8, 2011 at 7:20 PM  

I was traded back to my old team. The Ducks so now we can give each other crap. Sounds like fun. We've never been on opposite sides of the hockey fence.

Kaatiya June 8, 2011 at 7:20 PM  

Best wishes with your new team! :-D

goaltolive June 8, 2011 at 10:01 PM  

my heart broke for you when this happened to Atlanta. Living in Seattle, hockey is not a priority here. we are lucky enough to get the CBC here and get to watch alot of hockey with center ice also (not to far from Vancouver, either!) We are the Pens biggest fans..go it can be done long distance with alot of fun. I was going to say that you absolutely have to watch the documentary made this year called Oil Change if you haven't. You will fall in love with the Oilers team and admire the work ethic and tenacity of their leadership team and the youthful exuberance of all these young guys. It was made with TSN so hoping you can catch it online or on NHL network. It sparked us to watch the Oilers alot! You will love following the team.. Love that you got drafted.

Beth Dolgner June 9, 2011 at 6:15 AM  

8th overall, go Virginia! Congrats on the new team. It's refreshing to see so many fans from other teams welcoming us to come cheer with them. Preds fans have been so outgoing that I'm really starting to look forward to our Nashville road trips next year. I think there's a road trip to Canada in your future!

Candace June 9, 2011 at 8:35 AM  

Sorry to burst your bubble a bit, but more than likely you won't be going to Charlotte to see the Barons. OKC didn't play ANY Eastern Conference teams last season, and with the reduced number of games in the AHL schedule this season (80 down to 78), it probably won't happen this year. Welcome to the Oilers fold, though! It's fun here. :-)

Sunshine36616 June 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM  

Thanks everyone!

Candace, I thought you said they DID come? Oh well. Maybe they will make the trip this season lol. I'll have to live through you.


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