It's been a wild few weeks for Albertan hockey fans and the madness is sure to continue. If you've hopped fully on the Edmonton Oilers bandwagon amidst the excitement, you're in luck. You'll have an opportunity to meet the players later this month. The Edmonton Oilers West Edmonton Mall practice is back for another season and the team will be signing autographs afterwards so you should probably be there.
According to the West Edmonton Mall event page, the open practice and autograph session will be taking place on Monday, January 27.
The practice will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. You’ll get a feel for what a real NHL practice looks like and begin to understand all the hard work and commitment it takes to stay in shape for what fans see on the ice.
After the practice, an autograph session will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every person is permitted to get one autograph from each player.
Though the list of players that will be in attendance hasn’t been released yet, we can confirm that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will be there. Though, there will be special regulations in place for their autograph stations.
Clearly, massive crowds are expected, because only the first 400 fans in line at McDavid and Draisaitl’s stations will be able to meet them and get their autographs.
On top of that, McDavid “will only be signing custom Upper Deck photos provided at the table and will be personalizing all signatures,” says the event page. Clearly, this guy’s a pretty big deal.
If you love the Oilers and you're free on the evening of Monday, January 27, you'd be crazy not to head down to West Edmonton Mall and catch them in action.
The Oilers have been making headlines lately, especially when it comes to their beef with the Calgary Flames. The two Alberta teams simply can't get along.
From Draisaitl saying he wouldn't share the ice with Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames during the all-star game, to a Flames Fan starting a fundraiser to put up a billboard of Tkachuk in Edmonton, it's been a wild ride.
Though things can get dramatic from time to time, there's truly nothing better than watching your favourite team hit the ice in person.
The energy will be high and the Oilers will be waiting to meet you! Head down early to make sure you get a good view.
Edmonton Oilers Open Practice & Autograph Session
When: Monday, January 27
Address: 8882 170 St. N.W., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: See the boys practice in real life and score an autograph afterwards!