January 20, 2013
Edmonton Oilers give Wayne Gretzky deja vu
Thinks kids look a lot like 1980s dynasty team

Former Oilers Kevin Lowe (left to right), Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. (QMI Agency)

EDMONTON - Wayne Gretzky liked the line he saw somewhere recently that the new era Edmonton Oilers won’t make you forget about the 1980s Oilers, they’ll make you remember them.

“We weren’t trying to be the Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s, but we felt we were going to be fun to watch.”

And Gretzky hopes that’s what’s happening here with the talented team of young stars ready to begin their climb from the bottom of the league to the top this lockout shortened season.

“Hockey needs a team like we were in the ’80s to sell the sport, a team that can play, not just dump it in,” Gretzky said.

It’s blasphemy to talk of today’s team on training wheels in the same sentence as the glory gang which won the first of five Stanley Cups after only five seasons in the league.

And yet ...

Because of 30th, 30th and 29th place finishes punctuated by the lockout, there’s definitely the feeling that a new era of Oilers Hockey is about to start.