Volume 93, Issue 52

Wednesday, December 1, 1999


Lancers skewered by Mustangs

Badminton team makes rivals watch the birdie

Keeping squashing streak alive

Taunting - it's just unnecessary

The last Canadian hockey dynasty

The last Canadian hockey dynasty

It was where the Great One became the Great One and where several of the league's most dominant players and hall of famers got their start. It was the team that dominated the ice rinks for years.

When this century ends and the powers-that-be look back, the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s will be remembered as one of the greatest hockey teams in the 20th century and perhaps one of the greatest teams ever to play in all of sport.

The Oilers entered the National Hockey League in 1979 and within a few years they were dominating the league. Led by young players such as Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, the Oilers quickly became a force to be reckoned with.

By the 1982-83 season the Oilers, only in their fourth year in the league, made it to the Stanley Cup finals. But the young Oilers were not ready to hoist the cup, as the New York Islanders sent them packing. The next year, this would change.

The Oilers managed to finish the 1983-84 regular season with 119 points and after running through the playoffs, they were back in the big show and again would face the Islanders who, by this time, had won four cups in a row.

When the smoke cleared, the Oilers had only lost one game in the series and had taken part in a 1-0 victory over New York which many would consider one of the greatest games in hockey history. On May 19, the Oilers brought the cup home to Edmonton. They had arrived and the dynasty had begun.

The team during these years would set countless records and win three championships. Led by Gretzky, Coffey, Mark Messier, Glen Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Jarri Kurri and Kevin Lowe, the Oilers became a powerful force in the league and would become one of the greatest teams in hockey history.

–Sean Maraj

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