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4 hours ago, Qwags said:

Will be some of the best hockey ever seen on Oiler ice.

Canucks have won more playoff games at Rogers Place than the Oilers.


Oilers had 3 home ice win in 2017 and only 1 win at Rogers Place this year in the playoffs.

Canucks won 10 playoff games in Rogers Place this season.

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1 hour ago, ruilin96 said:

Canucks have won more playoff games at Rogers Place than the Oilers.


Oilers had 3 home ice win in 2017 and only 1 win at Rogers Place this year in the playoffs.

Canucks won 10 playoff games in Rogers Place this season.

Wonder how long it will take before Edmonton gets an NHL franchise.

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From a Hockey Canada teleconference held Thursday:

• All games will be played on the primary, NHL rink inside Rogers Place, with all practices on the attached Community Arena. Organizers said on Thursday that they will not require any extra sheets of ice outside the Rogers Place bubble.

• Because they have only one game venue, the tournament may have to begin prior to its traditional Boxing Day start to get all the games in. Organizers were vague on the start date, but said they will adhere to the traditional Jan. 5 gold medal game.

• Though it is too early to pin down arrival dates and quarantine requirements for the visiting players, they could start arriving in Edmonton as early as Dec. 10 or 11, earlier than other years. Pretournament games that are usually played in smaller centres around a province will all be played at Rogers Place this December, with each club playing no more than two.

• The cost of testing players for COVID-19 will be on the organizing committee, and not borne by the IIHF.

• On refunds, ticket holders will have a window between Sept. 25 and Oct. 8 to request a refund. With a long waiting list for tickets, organizers are confident they’ll have full houses in Edmonton and Red Deer in 2022.

In a separate announcement Thursday, the IIHF cancelled all other tournaments on its schedule through to the end of January. This includes Olympic qualifying competitions, lower-division under-20 tournaments and all the women’s under-18 world championships.


Due to the cancelling of the lower-tier under-20 tournaments, the IIHF announced that there will be no relegation or promotion between divisions occurring for that age group.

The IIHF also announced Thursday that it will undergo a review of the circumstances surrounding the 2021 men’s world championships, which are currently scheduled to be hosted by Minsk, Belarus, and Riga, Latvia next summer. Due to the political unrest in Belarus, the Latvian government had previously requested Minsk be removed from co-hosting duties.

“This is the first time that a government of a host nation has indicated its unwillingness to remain a tournament co-host with another host nation due to political reasons,” Fasel said in a statement. “The IIHF is deeply concerned over the recent events unfolding in Minsk, but as a sports federation, the IIHF is not a political entity and cannot move a tournament for political reasons.

“However, the IIHF is responsible for ensuring that each tournament host can guarantee the health and safety of the players, officials, and spectators.”

The IIHF will form an “Expert Group” to review every aspect of the upcoming tournament, including from financial, medical, event, marketing, sport, legal and administrative perspectives. The findings from the investigation will be presented in November at the next IIHF Council meeting.

With files from Mark Spector


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