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Jenish, D'Arcy. "Alberta's golden age of hockey, before the game was sold south." Alberta Takes the Lead 1984-2000. (Alberta in the twentieth century, v.12). Kenneth J Boessenkool. ed, 162-166; 168-179. Edmonton: CanMedia, Inc., 2006.

ABS: In this extensive summary of Alberta's hockey reign during the 1980s is the success story of one of the best teams ever assembled- the Edmonton Oilers. The article chronicles the young all-star team's climb to Stanley Cup greatness backed by the city's unrelenting support and loyalty. Within Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers-Calgary Flames rivalry of the 1980s was arguably the most intense in the history of professional sport and known simply as the Battle of Alberta. A turning point for this enchanting period in hockey history would come out of the growing economics of the game which would ultimately transform the face of the game and cause the Oilers to trade their beloved Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Perhaps the most amazing Alberta hockey story of the decade was that of the "Six Shooters," consisting of Rich, Brent, Darryl, Brian and Duane Sutter, all of whom played in the National Hockey League simultaneously for five years in the mid-1980s. Eventually, Calgary would emerge from Edmonton's shadow and win its first and only Stanley Cup in 1989 with captain Lanny McDonald at the helm.

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