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After 12 years and a handful of false alarms, Ales Hemsky is gone.
No longer an Oiler.
The team that drafted him 13th overall in 2001 dealt him to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday for a third round pick in 2015 and a fourth round draft pick in 2014.
“It’s a weird feeling, especially since I’ve been here for so long and have a lot of great memories,” said Hemsky, 30, who leaves Edmonton after registering 477 points in 652 regular season and 30 playoff games.
“Everybody treated me really nice. I met so many great people here. I pretty much grew up here. I can’t appreciate enough the city of Edmonton and this organization.
“Now it comes to the end. It’s a weird feeling, but I’m excited for the new challenge.”