Oilers Establish Team Hall Of Fame

The Edmonton Oilers have finally established a team Hall of Fame after 50 years as an organization. The Oilers were founded in 1972 and first joined the NHL ahead of the 1979-80 season.

The Edmonton Oilers Hall of Fame can include any player, coach, trainer, staff, executive, or other person deserving who has had a role in the organization. The first Hall of Fame class will consist of every person whose banner currently hangs in the rafter as well as two members who will be announced September 20 before the season starts.
The first class will have Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Al Hamilton, Glen Sather, and Rod Phillips along with the two names to be announced. The induction ceremony will be held November 3 before the Oilers' game against the New Jersey Devils.

There will be a maximum of three new inductees to the team hall of fame each year. The induction committee will consist of 11 people, Gretzky, Ron Lowe, Louie DeBrusk, Chris Joseph, Bruce MacGregor, Jim Matheson, Terry Jones, Bob Stauffer, Jason Gregor, Chief Wilton Littlechild, and Shannon Szabados. Each member will be able to bring forward one person as their nomination for consideration each year. Each member of the induction committee has also been appointed for an initial three years with 15 years as the longest time someone can serve.

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