|(The Edmonton Sun)|
They're throwing a parade.
Said Edmonton's Mayor Stephen Mandel, "What a better way then to throw a parade for this team, two days into the season, they've put this city on the map" adding "hey, did you SEE that Eberle goal?!"
Yes, the city is a buzz with Oiler fever not seen since the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, where fans celebrated in the streets after the team won series against both San Jose and Detroit.
The hype has not eluded the team either, the locker room was ripe with energy after the Oilers dispatched the Florida Panthers sunday night.
"Best Thanksgiving Gift, EVER" commented Taylor Hall, who must have been given stuffed turkeys as gifts in his youth. "and now they're throwing us a party, life is sweet."
Head Coach Tom Renny doesn't want his players to get too big of egos, but still enjoy the moment.
"I told the boys, things like this don't come around every season here, so you gotta appreciate it, but remember, we still have a lot of hockey to play, we want to be a playoff team."
The parade will start at the west end of Jasper Ave, near 117th Street, before making a turn toward City Hall at 100th street where Mayor Mandel will proclaim October 'Oiltober', new captain Shawn Horcoff will read aloud the two box scores from the paper.