Oilers, Habs set for outdoor extravaganza
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Gretzky, who has passed on "old-timers" events in the past, has not donned an Oiler sweater in any type of game since being traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles in 1988.
"This will be my last game," Gretzky said on Monday. "I just thought that probably it was only fitting that I play one more time and my kids had an opportunity to see me in an Oiler uniform."
After receiving special permission from his current and former coach, Glen Sather of the NY
Participants in the Alumni Game can account for 129 engravings on the Stanley Cup.
As for the actual matchup between the present-day
Edmonton has won four straight heading into today's extravaganza, including Thursday's 3-2 win over the visiting
York extended his point streak to six games, totalling three goals and five assists in that time.
Edmonton will head to the road and visit Columbus on Tuesday.
Montreal, meanwhile, has lost two straight (0-1-0-1) and is just 2-5-1-1 in the month of November. On Thursday, the
Edmonton defeated Montreal, 4-2, at Bell Centre on November 4 and has won five of six, and seven of the last 10 meetings. The Habs have lost four straight and five of their last six in Edmonton.
This evening's game will establish a new NHL attendance record, crushing the mark set on April 23, 1996 at the Thunderdome (now called Tropicana Field) in St. Petersburg, Florida. That day 28,183 watched the Tampa Bay
The all-time attendance mark for a hockey game of any kind is 72,027 at the Michigan State-Michigan game in October 2001 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.