Rick McConnell

Rick McConnell has a boxful of journalism awards buried somewhere in his basement. He covers the Oilers and toils as a copy editor for CBC Edmonton.

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'He has a plan': Peter Chiarelli to return next season as Oilers president and GM

Though his team missed the playoffs and badly underachieved this year, Peter Chiarelli will be back next season as president and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, the team’s CEO and vice-chairman said at a news conference on Thursday.

Favourites to fiasco: Why the season left the rails for the Edmonton Oilers

Some Edmonton Oilers fans, likely those among the younger crowd, may remember the 2017-18 season as the biggest disappointment EVER!!! Feel free to argue with them, if you care to.

Connor McDavid creates another masterpiece, lifting Oilers to 4-1 win over Minnesota Wild

You hate to focus on him every night. But he almost forces you to. Connor McDavid is simply the mostly exciting player in the NHL, and right now he’s on an amazing roll.

Connor McDavid's bank-shot goal sets up sensational finish against Islanders

For 58 minutes it was a story in search of a hero. A movie without a plot. Then as time ran out on the clock, Connor McDavid swooped in on goal and banked the puck in off the goalie’s mask. Suddenly the score was tied and the game was truly on.

'First goal of 2018': Milan Lucic scores to end slump as Oilers beat Arizona Coyotes

When Milan Lucic finally scored on Monday to end a 29-game drought, the same people who have discussed him endlessly and derided him mercilessly for weeks rose and cheered him to the Rogers Place rafters.

Edmonton Oilers start slow, finish strong, find new way to lose against Rangers

A defensive zone meltdown leads to an early first goal. The worst home-ice penalty kill in league history surrenders the second goal. A nothing shot from the high slot eludes the goalie, and suddenly the game looks out of reach.

Ethan Bear learning fast in NHL as Oilers surrender lead against prowling Predators

Ethan Bear got a rough welcome to the big leagues Thursday night. But if the 20 year old exhibited a bit of indecision on the ice, there was no such thing in the locker room later, where he showed the eagerness one would expect and a level of maturity one might not.

Draisaitl, McDavid team up to lead Oilers to overtime win against Colorado

What if, heaven forbid, McDavid and Draisaitl spend the next few years together on the Oilers top line? Would that be so bad? Because let’s face it, they're pretty amazing when they’re on the ice together.

'We played not to lose': Browbeaten Oilers defeated 3-2 in Bruins comeback

Cam Talbot lay on his belly for several seconds, facing his own net.

Faltering Oilers clawed by Panthers on weird, wild night

On a night when Gretzky and Company were in the building, the Edmonton Oilers turned the clock back to the high-scoring 1980s with a weird and wild game that featured a dozen goals.

'From another planet': Connor McDavid hits new heights with 4 goals against Tampa

The fastest skater in the world scored four goals in four utterly different ways to lead the Edmonton Oilers to an improbable 6-2 victory over the best team in the NHL.

McDavid scores twice, but special teams find ways to lose as Oilers buried 4-3 by Avalanche

To paraphrase Paul Simon, there must be 50 ways to lose a hockey game. The Edmonton Oilers found many of them Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche.

Connor McDavid suits his actions to his words in thrilling shootout win

No win comes easily in the NHL, but this one was more difficult than most.
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Captain Fantastic and the shot-blocking cowboy lead Oilers to shootout win over Ducks

As hockey players, Connor McDavid and Kris Russell could hardly be more different. In a game the Edmonton Oilers had to win Thursday, the unlikely duo teamed up for massive goal that gave their team the lead in an eventual 2-1 shootout win.
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Oilers horrendous penalty kill 'just sucks the life out of us,' coach says

The sight of Patrick Maroon trading punches behind the Los Angeles net got Oilers fans up on their feet Tuesday, and gave them their first real chance to cheer all night. Most likely didn’t realize at the time they were applauding the iceberg that had just slammed into their ship.