Edmonton won their final game last night at Rexall Place, 6-2, and now a new era will begin.
Fans (and players!) shared their memories of the famed place in Oil Country, the official program of the Oilers. These are from Volume 3, Issue 28.
"My favourite memory that sticks out the most is my first-ever game here. We were playing against Pittsburgh and anybody's first game is special but the crowd was just amazing that night, and we won it in a shootout so it was something that I'll never forget. Playing against Pittsburgh, obviously they have some stars on that team so it was pretty cool; a pretty great way to start off my career." -Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
"In 1984 after the oil beat the kings, Gretzky picked up the game puck, reached over the glass and gave it to me! I took it to 'Show and Tell' the next day. Best day ever!" -Krista Harper
"Definitely when Stefan missed the goal and it went back the other way with Hemsky scoring. I was there with my buddy in the nosebleeds. Sitting on the end of the row and jumping up, i landed awkwardly and almost tumbled down the stairs when Hemmer scored! My buddy said he turned to high-five me and i wasn't there! I climbed a couple of stairs to get the high-five... the place was electric!" -Dan Cuthbert
"Game 6, 2005-06 Stanley Cup Final vs. Carolina. The loudest event ever in Rexall. Twelve minutes before the game even started the place erupted like we had just scored the game winner in OT. It continued like that for the entire game and got even louder. Oilers won and forced game 7 back in Carolina. I have never high-fived and hugged so many strangers in my life. The most amazing event i have ever been part of." -Stu Impett
"I remember during the 2006 playoff run after we beat Detroit, i woke up one morning, was getting ready to go to the rink, and someone put an oil Derrick on the front of my driveway. It was probably 15 to 16 feet, made out of wood. And that's how excited people got, and that's how much fun it was in the city. Anywhere you went the buzz was about the team and how we were doing. It was great to see everyone excited and positive and loving what we were doing on the ice." -Fernando Pisani
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!