1984 Champion Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have been around since 1972, but never have they been more successful than they were in the 1980s. In fact, their success in the eighties warranted them to be honoured with dynasty status by the Hockey Hall of Fame. But perhaps their biggest success, when they became the 1984 Champion Edmonton Oilers by winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. And on Friday October 10th, they had their thirty-year reunion at the sold-out Rexall Place.
It was an event thought up by Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, and the Edmonton Oiler’s center when they won the 1984 Stanley Cup. The event started with the entire team being honored at the season-opener the night before. A majority of that cup-winning team was present for the reunion, including former owner Peter Pocklington, and the six other members of the Hockey Hall of Fame aside from Gretzky; Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and coach Glen Sather.
The event was filled with reminiscing of the great times they had as a team, including the 104 games they played that first year the one from 1983-1984, and the 11 exhibition games they had in those same days and 40-45 minute daily practices. They worked hard, and they got the results they were looking for. This team of Edmonton Oilers went on to win four more Stanley Cups in the eighties, amounting to all five of the championships that the franchise has won. They were a great team, and Edmonton will remember them forever, just like they’ll always remember Edmonton.