Oilers offer up dressing room

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Chris Bosh took Dustin Penner's stall in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room, Anthony Parker took Lubomir Visnovsky's spot.

The Edmonton Oilers opened up their dressing room to the Toronto Raptors for yesterday's preseason game against the Denver Nuggets.

"I was surprised they let us use their dressing room," said Raptors swingman Joey Graham.

'BEST LOCKER ROOM'

"I heard this is the best locker room in all of sports period. We spent a lot of time today checking out the history of the room."

The Raptors made their first appearance in Edmonton since 1999.

They fell short 105-94, but the Raptors players loved the whole experience in Edmonton.

"I was shocked we had all these fans here. I was stunned to see as many fans as there were in their seats over an hour before the game," said Graham.

"The fans were great, I didn't think we were going to fill it up like we did. Edmonton's a great city and they represented us very well.

"The fans are expecting a lot more out of us and they came out here for us, and we have to show them that we are a team that is going to play well for them this year," Graham said.

"It was loud and it was crazy, and it's exactly what we need out there."

PREGAME MESSAGE

Parker sent a pregame message to the sold-out crowd last night prior to tip-off about their appreciation for the support.

"I thought they were great, I wish we would have been able to give them more to cheer about, but they were great as a crowd," said Parker after the game.

"If you guys invite us back, we'll definitely be here. This experience was great."


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