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Pisani scores with ticketholders

GRAHAM HICKS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

The Oilers are back on the public relations circuit, inviting longtime season ticket holders to a series of breakfasts throughout the region.

President Pat LaForge, VP Eric Upton and Oiler Fernando Pisani spent a good 90 minutes chatting with a small group at the Cajun Cafe in St. Albert earlier this week.

Not too much in the way of news, other than assurances that the owners are prepared to spend right up to the salary cap to bring in some new blood, be it through trades or free agency.

Interesting conversation about the Oil Kings - how, for a young Western Canadian kid, the Oil Kings are an ideal fit. A chance to play at the Junior A level, in a big city near home, under the watchful eye of the NHL Oilers, with employment opportunities if parents opt to move to Edmonton.

Pisani is growing into an ambassadorial role, given he's a thoroughly Edmonton kid, lives here in the off-season and is as unassuming as a hockey player can be. He's more relaxed being the centre of attention, and has no problem telling a few stories about his heroics during the 05-06 playoffs, or even about the losing streak.


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