Training camp's gonna be Grande!

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

The Edmonton Oilers are taking their sticks, their pucks and hitting the road.

Yesterday, the Oilers announced they are holding part of training camp in Grande Prairie from September 14-17.

"We wanted to try to bring the Oilers to a different location and part of our fan base," said Oilers assistant general manager Scott Howson. "We thought this would be a good opportunity to bring the Oilers to a community that doesn't get to see them up close and personal."

In 2003 the Oilers held four days of training camp in Jasper. The following year training camp was cancelled due to the NHL lockout. Last year, the Oilers conducted camp in the Edmonton area.

"We'll evaluate something like this year by year," Howson said.

"It's our intention to keep doing things like this. Whether we do it every year or not, that remains to be seen."

Along with three days of on-ice training, the camp will also feature a coaches clinic and be the site of the annual Joe Moss Cup intrasquad game. The training camp will take place at the Coca-Cola Arena and the Crystal Centre in Grande Prairie.

"We looked at a number of places," Howson said.

"And it just so happened that Grande Prairie was the best fit for this year."


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