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Oilers choose Cup favourites

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

J.F. Jacques wants to take Jordan Eberle into hostile territory to watch the Grey Cup.

While the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes contended for CFL supremacy, the Edmonton Oilers will be in Ottawa preparing for their contest against the Senators on Monday.

Jacques, a native of Montreal, has plans on taking the Oilers rookie across the river to Quebec to watch the contest.

Im going to take him to across the river to Gatineau where its all French and all Montreal Alouettes fans, Jacques said. (Jason) Strudwick is going to come with us, and well try to get (Tom) Gilbert to come too. He doesnt know much about the CFL, so well try to get him into it.

Eberle, a Regina native, and Jacques will be keeping close tabs on the Grey Cup game taking place Sunday in Edmonton.

Both are devoted fans of their respective teams.

When youre from Regina, its your heritage and youre born into it, Eberle said. It starts when you go to your first game. I take a lot of heat for it in this locker room. A lot of guys give it to me pretty good.

But its like the guys that go to college and go to football games. They still watch and cheer for the team after they leave college. Its kind of the same concept.

Ales Hemsky wont likely suit up for the Oilers Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, still recovering from a groin pull.

Its not 100% perfect, but Im trying to go day by day, Hemsky said. If I feel better (Saturday) Ill try again.

Its the kind of injury, that comes around slowly. Its kind of tricky. Youll feel good before you go on the ice, but then youll go on the ice and take a stride and you feel it.

Hemsky was injured in practice on Wednesday and missed the Oilers game against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Its the first time hes had to endure this type of injury.

You dont want to make it worse and you dont want to have it bother you the whole year, Hemsky said. Thats why if I feel it bothering me, I cant go. You want to be able to move and you want to be able to skate, I just didnt feel like today it was good enough.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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