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Major Junior Hockey Returns to Edmonton!

Edmonton Oilers Press Release

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The Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Investors Group announced today that they have concluded an agreement with the Western Hockey League to launch a new major junior hockey franchise for the 2007/2008 season!

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"After a lengthy process, we are pleased and proud to have WHL hockey return to the capital of Alberta," said Cal Nichols, Chairman of the Edmonton Investors Group. "As one of the top development hockey leagues in the world, the WHL is a proven stepping stone for many great hockey players while providing great family entertainment for hockey fans living in Northern Alberta."

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Patrick LaForge, the President & CEO of the Edmonton Oilers, and Governor of Major Junior Hockey Edmonton Ltd, adds, "As one of the truly great hockey markets in the world, Northern Alberta hockey fans will now be able to watch and cheer for their favorite WHL hockey stars right here at Rexall Place. With tickets prices starting at $10.00 and featuring many local players, WHL hockey is the perfect fit for the next generation of Northern Alberta hockey fans."

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"We are very pleased to be re-establishing a Western Hockey League franchise in the Edmonton market," said Ron Robison, WHL Commissioner. "We believe under the Oilers ownership, the franchise will become one of the most successful in the WHL."

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Fans interested in registering their interest for season tickets to Edmonton’s new WHL team can add their name to a waiting list starting immediately at www.edmontonwhl.com. The team will play out of Rexall Place, and will offer hockey fans an affordable night of major junior hockey action.

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