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Thanks for tough love!

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Goals Coffey. Assists you and Jonesy.

Paul Coffey took an unusual detour in thanking Edmonton Oiler fans last night.

"I never had a chance to thank you for all the support," Coffey told the crowd.

"It was much appreciated."

He added that it wasn't just the cheers but the tough love which came from the Edmonton fans early in his career.

"Demanding excellence every night out," he said. "It made us better hockey players."

Coffey said he told today's Oiler players to appreciate the way it is in Edmonton.

In the press conference following the ceremony, Coffey expanded on it.

"I don't know if the fans drove me harder than Jonesy," he said of our resident sports columnist.

"But it was all good. It's accountability. You've got to have it. It made us better players and good pros."


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