Ahhh, the Stanley Cup Finals are back. If were lucky enough to catch Game 1 on Monday, you witnessed a wall-to-wall offensive explosion. (See previous post on Semi-Finals here.) So, it's the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. They hit hard and score at will. There, you're caught up. Now, onto the fun. The game featured all the twist and turns you would expect from a evenly matched Finals. Unfortunately, Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson (A.K.A.- The savior of Edmonton) went down late in the 3rd period and didn't return. That could easily alter my prediction of the Oilers in 6 for the Cup. With Carolina scoring with 31 seconds left to win, this was a game for the ages.
Anyway, if you are not a die-hard fan, here's some GIS and stuff about the teams.
Most people know Edmonton, if at all, for two things: Wayne Gretzky and the West Edmonton Mall.(Click for Satellite Image). Wayne Greztky (Click here for his website) is the best hockey player in NHL history and the West Edmonton Mall is the World's Largest Mall. (Click here for West Edmonton Mall Website). Sorry, Mall of America, you're only the biggest in the United States.
The Oilers play in the Rexall Place in Edmonton (Click for Satellite Image), Alberta, Canada. It used to be the called the Northlands when Gretz played, but they sold the rights to Rexall, a drug maker in Canada.
I have added the GIS site for Edmonton, Alberta. It uses an Adobe SVG tool that you might have to download, but it's not too big. (Click here for Edmonton, GIS)
Here's a few facts from Edmonton from their main website: The City of Edmonton encompasses a land area of 700 square kilometers, with a population of 712,391 based on the 2005 Civic Census. It is the hub of Canada's sixth largest Census Metropolitan Area with a current population estimated at 1,014,000.
Carolina won game 1. The Hurricanes moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997 after moving from Hartford, Conn. There they were known as the Hartford Whalers and never made the Stanley Cup Finals even with Gordie Howe on their line. Now, they are in their 2nd Stanley Cup Finals, after losing to Detroit in 2001-2002.