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Oilers plan 30-year reunion of first Stanley Cup team

Kevin Lowe (left) and Mark Messier (spraying champagne) in the Oilers' dressing room after the team...

Kevin Lowe (left) and Mark Messier (spraying champagne) in the Oilers' dressing room after the team won their first Stanley Cup in Edmonton on May 19, 1984. In the background, on the left with a beard, is teammate Charlie Huddy. In the centre is the Stanley Cup and on the far right is the Conn Smythe Trophy. (Tom Braid/QMI Agency/Files)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

EDMONTON - To Wayne Gretzky, the first of his four Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers will always be special.

So on the 30th anniversary of the Oilers 1984 Cup title, the Great One wanted to do something special.

Gretzky spearheaded the idea of a 30-year reunion, which will take place on Aug. 10 at Rexall Place, the night after the Oilers season opener.

“One of the great things about being a professional hockey player is the fond memories that you have over the years and the friendships that you develop,” Gretzky said via a live webcast Tuesday at a news conference announcing the event. “Kevin (Lowe) and I lived for a lot of years together in Edmonton and when I saw him this winter, I started thinking about doing something really unique and something really special. The Oilers and the city of Edmonton have always been leaders in doing things that are innovative.”

Gretzky and the Oilers have reached out to every member of the 1984 championship team for the reunion and all are expected to attend.


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