Archives for the 'Edmonton' Category

Without Ryan Smyth, Edmonton is lost

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2007 By Lucas Aykroyd When you think of the all-time classic Edmonton Oilers, you think of names like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, and Glenn Anderson. But even though Ryan Smyth lacks the Stanley Cup rings of the aforementioned legends, his tenacity and longevity are moving […]

Robust Haakana aspires to make Oilers

Originally published on in 2001 By Lucas Aykroyd When you think of Finnish defensemen, what comes to mind? In all likelihood, it’s a long chain of offensive-minded, elegant blueliners like Risto Siltanen, Jyrki Lumme and Kimmo Timonen. But Kari Haakana looks poised to break that mold if he can stick with the Edmonton Oilers […]

Sykora hopes to bring Cup-winning attitude to Edmonton

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2007 By Lucas Aykroyd Even though Petr Sykora leads the Edmonton Oilers in scoring in his first season with the Northern Alberta club, that’s not his main concern. The 30-year-old Czech winger, who won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2000, has also experienced the pain of losing […]

Niinimaa strives for consistency with Edmonton

Originally published on in 1999 By Lucas Aykroyd For Janne Niinimaa, it would be better if a picture didn’t tell a thousand words. Which do you remember better? The Finnish defenseman’s top-notch statistics from 1996-97, when he set a Philadelphia Flyers record for most assists by a rookie by going 4-40-44? Or the image […]

Thoresen brings Norwegian pride to Edmonton

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2006 By Lucas Aykroyd Once again, there’s a diminutive yet talented Norwegian forward with an unruly mop of blond hair making headlines in the NHL. But for a change, it isn’t Espen Knutsen. Knutsen retired due to injury after the 2004-05 season and is currently coaching Valerenga IF, his […]

Hamrlik powers Edmonton Oilers defense

Originally published on in 2000 By Lucas Aykroyd In hockey talk, the term “workhorse” is often abused. Listening to TV color commentators, you might think any NHL defenseman who occasionally plays more than 20 minutes per game deserves that title. But Roman Hamrlik of the Edmonton Oilers really is a workhorse, and he proved […]

Dynamic Duos in the NHL

Originally published in the 2004 NHL Yearbook By Lucas Aykroyd In biology, it’s known as a symbiotic relationship. Two organisms feeding off each other for mutual benefit, like the bee and the flower. In today’s National Hockey League, the equivalent is a dynamic duo whose offensive production stings opponents but sweetens their team’s success. Look […]