Fans share their memories of the 1984 Cup run

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Sign of the times

A sign at the '84 Cup clinching game that has been etched in my mind ever since ... "The Drive for 5 is no longer alive as the Thirst for First will be quenched tonight"

GREG ANSELMO

Hobbled to their seats

I was on crutches and confined to bed for most of the time in that memorable May 1984 period. I said to my wife there was no way we were going to miss that series against the Islanders. Crutches or not, we climbed those stairs to the fourth row of the Blues - row 24, seats 9 and 10. The electricity in Northlands that night and the continuous roar of the crowd was unforgettable. We were so fortunate to have been present during that period and for the following four Cups. We no longer hold seasons tickets. After the 1990 run, we gave up the tickets. Although we continue to cheer our Oilers faithfully over these years, we still have those memories of that period in time when the most productive and exciting hockey was in our presence - one we will likely never see the likes again.

GERRY & DOREEN DAWSON

Fan first, dad second

Wow, 25 years and I can remember it like yesterday. Makes one feel a little old. I had to make a tough choice 25 years ago, as my wife was nine months pregnant and I got an invitation to go to the Stanley Cup final. I'm glad I decided to go as it was the most exciting sports event I have ever witnessed. Not only was each and every Edmonton Oiler playing at 150%, the crowd was in a total emotional frenzy! "We Want Billy", was the chant when the Islanders pulled their famous goaltender. It was history in the making and I still talk about it. I even got to sit beside the late sports announcer Wes Montgomery who was crying after we won. Thankfully, my daughter Lindsay waited until the next day to come into this world so I could witness her birth. To this day, my wife still reminds me of the choice I made. It was worth it.

JENS RIECKMANN

Gretzky the gentleman

One of my favourite memories wasn't a hockey story. I was at the Grinder pub on 124 St. one night back in 1984. I saw the "Great One" there and as a 20 year old and huge Oilers fan I took my opportunity to just say hi. Anyhow, as the evening progressed, the parking lot got quite congested and I had my fully restored 1972 Thunderbird stuck in the pack. I thought it would be best to move it out on the street to avoid any door dings and so forth. I went out to move it but was having a heck of a time as I was pinched in with a vehicle parked cross ways behind where I was parallel parked. After a few minutes of my frustration, the people inside could see my dilemma. Next thing I look up and here comes Wayne Gretzky walking out of the pub directly behind my car and starts helping with directions to get me out. Once I was clear, I thanked him, he smiled and went back inside. Typical of Wayne, just being an average person and never putting himself above another.

ALLAN ELIASSON

Knew it was over

I was there, Row 29 on the south side of Northlands, about five rows in from the blue-line. My favourite moment came in Game 4 at almost the end of the first period. The Islanders came down two-on-two or two-on-three at our blue-line and either Gregg or Fogolin poke-checked the Islanders player and Messier picked it up on the back check outside of our blue-line. He went down the right side, skated about 15 ft. inside their line and snapped a wrister, low blocker side that beat Smith. I told my friend sitting beside me, "It's over, we just won the Stanley Cup." All I remember from Game 5 was I could barely talk at work because my voice was virtually gone. One of the most unforgettable moments was the announcer at Northlands saying "because of fire regulations sparklers would not be allowed." All the while, they were being passed out to all in attendance.

PAUL IMPERATO

Game 1 euphoria

I remember going to a parent/teacher conference for third grade with my mother during Game 1 of the '84 finals. Word came over the loudspeaker that the Oilers won Game 1, 1-0 on McClelland's goal. I knew right away that this was it, that the Oilers were going to win their first Cup. Everyone in school jumped up and down hugging each other and giving high-fives as if the Cup was already won. I think we all knew it, we all felt it, this was going to be our year.

HAMAAD AKMAL via edmontonsun.com

Super soaker, eh

What a time to be alive. Our young warriors slaying dragons for us. We lived in a little house on 92 St south side. For some reason our home was party central for many of our friends. The beer was flowing that day and I remember getting a beer shower as we counted down to our first Stanley Cup. The whole town went kind of crazy - on 92 St. we were in the middle of the road giving high fives to complete strangers as they drove by. Looking back, I can't believe no one got hurt or injured in any way. What a night.

GARY (KAHUNA) DELORME via edmontonsun.com

Beautiful mayhem

Just moments after they won their first Stanley Cup, I could hear a din coming from a couple of blocks away (I lived just a couple of blocks off St. Albert Trail in St.Albert). I thought there was an accident or something. When I poked my head out, I was surprised to see hundreds of fans standing on their cars, leaning out windows, etc. It was beautiful mayhem.

ADRIEN GAGNER via edmontonsun.com

Alert those diners

I was at work at a restaurant on the southside at the university. I watched the game in the back of the kitchen on a tiny portable TV. When the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup I immediately told everyone in the dining room. Then I opened a window and could hear the din coming from across the river. At first, I didn't realize what it was. Then it came to me that it was thousands of fans screaming and honking their horns on Jasper Ave. What a night!

MIKE GERALD via edmontonsun.com


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