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"How the West won the Stanley Cup." Pride and Glory: 100 Years of the Stanley Cup. William Houston, 141-167. Toronto: McGraw Hill Ryerson, 1992.

AB: In this literary look at the 100 years of Stanley Cup challenge is a chapter which specifically examines Western Canada's long road towards Stanley Cup victory. The chapter commences with the 1908 and 1910 Stanley Cup championship games orchestrated by Fred Whitcroft, now a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Both series saw the Montreal Wanderers dominate the Cup. The sport of hockey thrived in the city of Edmonton long before the birth of the Oilers or the formation of the National Hockey League. The city had a franchise in the Pacific Coast Hockey League and later joined the Western Canada League, which was eventually replaced by a newly popular NHL league that had strengthened its hold on pro hockey by expanding to the United States in 1926-27.  Edmonton hockey would only see resurging momentum later on, in the 1970s, with the help of Bill Hunter who placed a team in Edmonton, naming it the Alberta Oilers which would later be known as the Edmonton Oilers. Later on, Peter Pocklington invested in the Oilers in 1976 which coincided with the arrival of Glen Sather, who, as coach and general manager, would become the most important man in the Oiler organization. The Oilers began to generate success within the league, a feat attributed to the inclusion of a rookie teenager by the name of Wayne Gretzky who joined the 1978-79 season. Acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players to ever grace the ice, this chapter describes the young phenomenon's contributions to the game and the team. Also included in the chapter is a recount of the other legendary players that made up the now infamous all-star Oilers line-up, including Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri and finally Grant Fuhr. The young team matured within the league and developed a reputation as being cocky, a perception that seemed to stem out of a certain level of jealousy within the league, but the Oilers remained a fan favourite. The chapter goes on to discuss the Oilers two-win Stanley Cup reign until they were dethroned by long time rivals, the Calgary Flames. Also mentioned is the controversial Sports Illustrated story that accused several Oilers of drug use, and the infamous trade of Edmonton's beloved Wayne Gretzky to the L. A. Kings.

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