'Let's get it done boys': Oilers super fan decks out home for play-offs

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Warren Sillanpaa has been decorating his central Edmonton home to cheer on the Oilers since 2006, a fan since 1987. 

The 11648 102 Ave. home already stands out on most days, his fence emblazoned with print of Nastassja Kinski, a German actress, with a boa constrictor wound around her. But for this year’s Oilers’ play-off season, Sillanpaa decided to go all out, with the freshly finished completion of a home-made oil derrick, with working flame.

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When asked if the Oilers will clinch a shot at the Stanley Cup finals this year, he laughed and said: “I hope so.”

“It’s hard, right? The other year the reffing against the Vegas Knights was just brutal. You don’t know what part of the game is gonna be a major factor, but it definitely looks good right now,” he said.

“McDavid is hungry, can’t get any hungrier and more deserving.”

Sillanpaa’s home on 102 Avenue is now decked-out with Oilers flags flying high on the front lawn and jerseys across his new fence, including those for Zach Hyman and Evander Kane. In 2023, Sillanpaa added a three-dimensional effect, making it appear the players are going over the hockey boards. This year, he added a gate in the middle of the fence with a tribute to Oilers’ starting goalie, Stuart Skinner.

Right now, every time the Oilers advance, Sillanpaa adds something new to the line-up. When the Oilers knocked out the Los Angeles Kings, he added a LA sticker and fish and chips to the fence; for their win against the Vancouver Canucks, Sillanpaa added the oil derrick.

Sillanpaa said he’s put a couple thousand dollars into the decorations, including paying $300 per pole to fly the flags on, the prints and the new fencing, and additional theatrics he wants to add.

On Saturday, prior to Game 2 of the series against the Dallas Stars, Sillanpaa had around 50 people stop by and take a look at his home, with many cars honking as they passed by.

“I’m hoping for the best and let’s get it done boys,” Sillanpaa said.

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With files from David Bloom

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