Hey everyone, hope you are all well today. For all you new readers this is my sports and fitness blog, where I go over anything about the sporting world. Today I wanted to do something a bit more dated, and talk about the history of one of the biggest professional hockey teams through history; the Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers were founded in 1971, and were part of the original 12 in the World Hockey Association. The Oilers joined the NHL 7 years after their inaugural season in 1972, and were one of the major franchises introduced into the NHL from the merger with the WHA. After joining the NHL it took the Oilers only 4 years to capture their first title in the 1983-84 season, and then proceeded to win the championship Stanley Cup 4 more times in 6 seasons. To this day, the Oilers hold the record for most Stanley Cup victories for a team that joined the NHL after 1967.
When the Oilers merged into the NHL with the rest of the WHA they did so fairly handicapped, losing a majority of their players to the Entry Draft in order to make the newly formed league more fair. Through a stroke of luck and cunning, the Oilers manager convinced the league to allow them to keep Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky set record after record with the Oilers, and his skill coupled with the inexperience of the rest of the team allowed the Oilers to build playoff experience while still keeping a high draft position, and by 1983 they had a roster of future hall of famers. Gretzky was however traded away in 1988 in order to prevent him leaving the team and the team getting nothing in return. Since then, the Oilers have had only 8 winning seasons however in 2005-2006 they made it all the way to the finals, only to lose to Anaheim.