The Edmonton Oilers are back home and will take on the San Jose Sharks Thursday at Rogers Place for Game Five of the first round of the playoffs.
City Hall hopes to ramp up the excitement in Edmonton for the first playoff run in over a decade.
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Mayor Don Iveson, Oilers Alumni and fans will be gathering at Sir Winston Churchill Square from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon for an “Orange Crush Community Rally.”
“The city is really excited to get behind the team and show our support for the Oilers in their playoff run,” Nicole Poirier, director of civic events and festivals said. “We expect many fans will come out to the orange crush community rally on Thursday, April 20, which is tomorrow.”
The Oilers were in San Jose for their last two games and suffered a tough 7-0 loss during game four. Poirier expects the rally to really get the community involved and excited for this playoff run.
“There is going to be lots of great things going on with comments from the mayor, city councilors, some alumni will be available and on hand to sign autographs, there will be appearances from the Oilers mascot and the orange and blue ice crew,” added Poirier.
Fans planning to head down to Churchill Square are asked to wear all the Oilers gear they can and really show off their Oilers pride and spirit, which could end up sending you to game five.
“There is a giveaway of five pairs of game five tickets for fans who show up and show the most orange crush spirit,” explained Poirier. “We’re really looking for fans to get behind the team, show pride for the team and for our city.”
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There will be fun for the whole family and they wanted to do it during the noon hour because that is when the majority of people are downtown, Poirier added.
“We’ll have lots of music, lots of fanfare, we’ll have food trucks out and it will be absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous weather,” explained Poirier. “We’re really hoping everybody comes out and we encourage everyone to wear orange and support this great orange crush spirit that is growing in Edmonton.”
Poirier also wanted to remind everyone that during game nights there are no stopping zones and no parking zones on Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue.
Puck drops at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and you can hear all the action on 630 CHED, starting with the faceoff show at 6 p.m.