Live updates: Oilers fans gear up for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Tickets for the watch party inside Rogers Place for Game 1 tonight are sold out. The all-ages Ford Tailgate Party in ICE District Plaza will be open at 4:30 p.m.

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The Edmonton Oilers are taking on the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Sunrise, Fla. and the city of champions is abuzz.

This story will be updated throughout the day as we speak with fans outside Rogers Place at the Moss Pit with puck drop scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.

Oilers game day notes

  • Tickets for the watch party inside Rogers Place for Game 1 tonight are sold out. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
  • Oilers alumni, Dave Lumley and Jeff Deslauriers will be signing autographs inside Rogers Place from 5-6 p.m.
  • The all-ages Ford Tailgate Party in ICE District Plaza will be open at 4:30 p.m.. Admission is free.
  • The Molson Hockey House in Ford Hall will open at 4:00 p.m. Adults 18 over are welcome, no cover charge.
  • Watch party tickets for Game 2 on Monday are on sale now at for $20 each, up from $5 during the first three rounds of the playoffs.

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Edmonton-Strathcona MP Heather McPherson stood in the House of Commons Friday to give a shout-out to her hometown Edmonton Oilers — and take a not-so-subtle shot at the Toronto Maple Leafs in the process.

“Mister Speaker, I grew up in Edmonton in the 80s, and when my dad too me to a game, it was magic. Messier, Fuhr, Coffey, Anderson, Lowe and, of course, Wayne Gretzky,” McPherson said.

“And now we have a new dynasty beginning. We got (Zach) Hyman, who has scored more goals in the playoffs than the entire Toronto Maple Leafs.”

And the crowd goes wild. Well played.

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Superfan Mama Stanley ready to cheer on the Edmonton Oilers in their quest for the Cup

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Superfan Mary Loewen aka Mama Stanley on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

With the Oilers on the doorstep of the Stanley Cup, Mary Loewen has her job cut out.

As Mama Stanley, her sworn duty is to cheer the Oilers to victory, under layers of Cup adornment: silver makeup, a tinsel wig, a silver crown with 3,200 hand-applied sequins, and silver blazers. Then there’s the white moccasins — a nod to her Indigenous heritage, and her upbringing on Keeseekoose First Nation on the border of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Now she’s ready to dazzle, crackling with positivity.

“I’m all about the energy,” she says, a smile lighting up the face known to thousands as just “Mama Stanley.”

Over the last three years, she’s assumed the Mama Stanley persona come playoff time — a hobby that keeps her glued to her arena seat or the TV, to the last horn of the game, if they’re behind or ahead or tied.

The ultimate compliment? One woman even made her a doll of herself, cherubic and smiling under a mop of tinsel hair.

“I just got a message that said Edmonton loves me and people love me across the country,” she said, scrolling through her phone. “It feels amazing — I love this ride that I’m on, and I’m just happy that I bring joy and hope to people.”

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Oil on skin: Edmonton Oilers fan reflects on back tattoo from 2006 final

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Kevin Genest got the Stanley Cup tattoo, during the last Oilers playoff run in 2006 for a radio contest. Taken on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

While the Edmonton Oilers continue their quest for the Stanley Cup, the iconic trophy has been part of lifelong fan, Kevin Genest, for 18 years.

In the spring of 2006, the city of Edmonton was experiencing a similar boom to now. After a middling performance in the 2005/06 season, the Oilers managed to claw their way to the Stanley Cup Final, igniting the city into a fan frenzy. Amid the excitement, a local radio station hosted a contest prompting participants to do various challenges for the chance to win $35,000.

With the Oilers back in the Stanley Cup Final, most fans are reminiscing of the last time the team made it this far. For Genest, there’s an easy memory that sticks out. It’s a painful one, and it’s one he’ll literally never forget.

From the nape of his neck, to just above his buttocks, Genest has Lord Stanley tattooed on his back — and while the ink may have faded, neither his love for the team nor his pride in the tattoo have.

“For whatever reason, something just came over me and I’m like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’ ” Genest said in an interview with Postmedia.

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The ink took so long he actually had two artists complete the work, with one starting in the morning and tagging out with another halfway through the day to finish the job.

“At about 12:30 p.m., I remember my body started going into shock a little bit,” said Genest.

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City mayors put jerseys on the line ahead of Stanley Cup clash

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On the eve of the beginning of the Stanley Cup Final, Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi and Sunrise, Fla., Mayor Michael J. Ryan have made a friendly wager for the NHL championship.

“It goes pretty much like this: when the Panthers win, I’ll send Mayor Sohi a jersey, and he’s going to probably wear it at one of the public functions to show his connection to South Florida. And if the Oilers win, then I will wear an Oilers jersey,” said Sunrise’s Ryan.

As the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final looms, the players are ready, the fans are ready, and now even the politicians are ready.

With the Edmonton Oilers headed more than 4,800 kilometres south for the first two games against the Florida Panthers, the series has attracted the attention of hockey lovers north and south of the border. With the bet in place between the two mayors, pride is on the line for both, with a Cup-hungry Edmonton fan base colliding with a unified, young, South Florida fan base.

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Saturday’s letters: Let down by inflated Oilers Stanley Cup ticket prices

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The The Edmonton Oilers’ fans heer on the team during third period NHL playoff action against the Dallas Stars at Rogers Place, in Edmonton Wednesday May 29, 2024. The Oilers won 5-2. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

Edmonton has some of the best hockey fans around. We sing, we dress up and we know how to have fun. All year we support the Oilers; some of us have the privilege of acquiring season tickets, some go to the odd game, and the rest of us maybe don’t have that disposable income so we watch on TV, and that’s just fine.

I have a big-time issue with price gouging whether it’s at the grocery store or a playoff ticket. I just read that the average ticket price is approximately $1,330 a seat. Does Katz not make enough cash? Are you having hard times? I’m sorry but you should be giving back to the community not taking more. Especially in this financial climate.

I was brought up to be a fair, honest, hardworking person from grandparents and parents who emigrated from the Netherlands in the ’50s for a better life. It’s called values, ethics, and giving back when you can.

I still love the Oilers and I’m super proud, however I’m very disappointed that you make it this hard for someone to afford a ticket to a playoff game.

Tracy Van Sloten, Sturgeon County

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