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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.

“I’m going to take him to across the river to Gatineau where it’s all French and all Montreal Alouettes fans,” Jacques said. “(Jason) Strudwick is going to come with us, and we’ll try to get (Tom) Gilbert to come too. He doesn’t know much about the CFL, so we’ll 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 you’re from Regina, it’s your heritage and you’re 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 it’s like the guys that go to college and go to football games. They still watch and cheer for the team after they leave college. It’s kind of the same concept.”

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Ales Hemsky won’t likely suit up for the Oilers Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, still recovering from a groin pull.

“It’s not 100% perfect, but I’m trying to go day by day,” Hemsky said. “If I feel better (Saturday) I’ll try again.

“It’s the kind of injury, that comes around slowly. It’s kind of tricky. You’ll feel good before you go on the ice, but then you’ll 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.

It’s the first time he’s had to endure this type of injury.

“You don’t want to make it worse and you don’t want to have it bother you the whole year,” Hemsky said. “That’s why if I feel it bothering me, I can’t go. You want to be able to move and you want to be able to skate, I just didn’t feel like today it was good enough.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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