One day later: Oilers fans still sad, but proud of team after Game 7 loss to Panthers in Cup final | CBC News (2024)

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Oilers fans reflect on a storybook Cup run

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The Edmonton Oilers may have lost the Stanley Cup to the champion Florida Panthers, but fans are looking back joyously on a run that seemed unbelievable. Travis McEwan spoke with them about the highlights that brought a different feeling to the city for months.

The hearts of Edmonton Oilers fans shattered Monday night as the team lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

On Tuesday, many were still trying to put the pieces back together.

"I wore all black to work. I'm in mourning," said JamieCessford, an Oilers fan who lives in Vancouver. "I'm definitely still reeling a bit."

Cessford was clad in an orange Jordan Eberle jersey Monday night as he sat in a bar in downtown Seattle watching the Florida Panthers edge the Oilers 2-1 to capture the championship.

He and his friend were silent for much of the third period as Edmonton pressed, trying in vain to tie the game. After the final horn sounded, they walked to a concert nearby and Cessford thought back to the last time he'd cheered Edmonton on in a Stanley Cup final.

That was 2006, when the Oilers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes.

"I was just like, 'Man, this doesn't get any easier as you age,"' Cessford said. "The sports pain is still real as you reach your mid- to late 30s."

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The Oilers, who entered the 2023-24 season with a Cup-or-bust mentality, finished one win away from a historic comeback and becoming the first Canadian team since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens to hoist the Cup.

Fans had jammed Edmonton's downtown to watch the Oilers play in person or on big screens for the last two months of playoffs, including father and son Cary and Callum Parsons, who came from Vancouver for Game 7,lending their support to the Oilers.

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"I thought they fought hard," Callum said. "It's super hard to win and to crawl all the way back from down 3-0. I think that's really special. And I think they got something to be proud of, especially through the years of ups and downs."

Cary walked away from the loud and packed Rogers Place with a new appreciation for Oilers fans.

"I think the Oilers fans are great. And that's kind of a reflection on how hard the team worked," he said.

"It was pretty emotional, I guess, pretty sad being in the arena last night. But I'm sure they feel much worse than I do."

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Heartbreaking loss for Oilers fans felt in Florida

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In Florida, there are thousands of Oilers fans who made the trip down south to see Game 7. The CBC's Sam Samson talked to some of them who were glad they made the trip even though the Oilers didn't win the Stanley Cup.

For Oilers fan Craig Baird, the disappointment was accompanied by a serious sugar crash.

Before each game Edmonton played during the playoffs, Baird bought Oilers-themed doughnuts to enjoy while watching, sharing photos of the treats on social media. He had seven for Monday's Game 7 — plus one Edmonton Elks-themed doughnut for some extra good luck.

"It has no real bearing on the game whatsoever, but you feel like you're part of it in a way," he said.

Baird watched the game at home, filled with nerves and anticipation.

"It was a lot of walking around," he said. "I wasn't really able to sit there and watch the game, especially in the third period when we were down one goal. And obviously the massive amount of sugar probably played a role."

The result wasn't what Baird and other Oilers fans wanted to see, but he's keeping the playoff run in perspective.

"Obviously there's disappointment, because we want the Oilers to win the Cup, we want to bring the Cup back to Canada. But in the end, I'm proud of the team," he said.

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Oilers react to Stanley Cup final Game 7 loss

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Duration 3:31

The Edmonton Oilers lost to the Florida Panthers 2-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. After the game, Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman and Mattias Ekholm talk about how close they came to winning it all and remain hopeful for the 2024-25 NHL season.

That's the right approach to take, said Ben Schellenberg, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba.

"One of the things to remember is that [the disappointment]will go away," said Schellenberg, who studies the psychology of sports fandom. "The beauty of sport is there's always a new season around the corner. And I guess the Edmonton Oilers have a pretty good team, so there's always next year."

For many fans, cheering for a team becomes part of their identity. There are social benefits to fandom, Schellenberg said, such as connecting with like-minded people and feeling a sense of belonging.

For some, though, being a fan can have negative impacts when they can't let the outcome of a game go.

There's some evidence that shows fans with "high levels of obsessive passion" aren't fulfilled in other parts of their lives,Schellenberg said.

"That's sort of a dangerous recipe, because then you're going to kind of latch on to being an Oilers fan. And that's going to kind of consume you," he said.

"Basically, the recommendation is to kind of have a balanced life, to make sure you're being fulfilled in multiple areas of your life."

One company is looking to ease the sting for disappointed fans.

After Game 6 of the final round, Boston Pizza promised to dole out 30,000 free pizzas if the Oilers won the Cup. Despite the loss,a Boston Pizza delivery truck will drive around Edmonton on Wednesday, handing out coupons for free small pizzas.

"This is our way of saying thanks for rallying alongside us," said Niels van Oyen, the restaurant chain's director of marketing. "We feel your pain."

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Police report few arrests

Oilers fans didn't get the Stanley Cup, but numbers frompolice suggest they would qualify for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy.

The trophy rewards responsible and sportsmanlike play. Police said 33,000 fans packed the downtown Monday for the final game but there were only six arrests.

Five were for public intoxication and one was for mischief.

There were also three overdoses, although two of those people walked away after receiving help.

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How many Oilers fans are at Game 7? ›

“Incident numbers were rather negligible for Game 7, which was consistent with fan behaviour throughout the Oilers' 2024 playoff run.” He noted that about 33,000 people had descended on Rogers Place, the Ice District Plaza (also know as the “Moss Pit”) and the Oilers' neighbouring Fan Park for the game.

Has a hockey team ever come back from 3-0? ›

No NHL team has come back from 3-0 down to win a Stanley Cup Final since the Toronto Maple Leafs did it against the Detroit Red Wings in April 1942.

Have the Oilers ever won a Stanley Cup? ›

The Oilers may not have won the Stanley Cup, but the team now believes they can get there, McDavid said. "We've sat up here before and told you how bad we want to win and, looking back, we were miles away from it.

Has Florida ever won the Stanley Cup? ›

Florida Panthers were crowned Stanley Cup champions Monday night, defeating the Edmonton Oilers in seven games.

Which NHL team has most fans? ›

Chicago Blackhawks

What was the best Oilers team ever? ›

The 1984–85 Oilers were voted as the greatest NHL team of all-time during the league's centennial celebrations in 2017. A statue of Wayne Gretzky stands outside Rogers Place. Playing with the Oilers from 1978 to 1988, he led the Oilers to four Stanley Cups.

What team won most Stanley Cups? ›

In June 2024, the Florida Panthers clinched their first Stanley Cup title, after defeating the Edmonton Oilers in a thrilling Game 7 finish. The Montreal Canadiens have had the most Stanley Cup success, notching 24 titles throughout franchise history.

Have the Oilers ever won a Superbowl? ›

The Houston Oilers were the first champions of the American Football League, winning the 1960 and 1961 championships, but never won another.

Is the Stanley Cup really the hardest trophy to win? ›

It is the hardest trophy to win, and the Florida Panthers did it on Monday for the first time in their 30-year history, with a 2-1 victory over Edmonton.

Who owns the Panthers hockey team? ›

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and Florida Panthers chairman, owner and governor Vincent Viola told NBC6 his team winning the cup was a "surreal feeling." Viola bought the Panthers about 11 years ago, according to the team's webpage about its ownership.

Has the Stanley Cup trophy ever been lost? ›

Stanley Cup has been stolen, lost, kicked into canal and used as flowerpot.

How many seats are in the Oilers arena? ›

Rogers Place is a multi-use indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Construction started in March 2014, and the building officially opened on September 8, 2016. The arena has a seating capacity of 18,347 as a hockey venue and 20,734 as a concert venue.

How many Game 7 stanley cup finals are there? ›

The NHL championship-deciding contest between the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers is just the 18th Game 7 in Stanley Cup final history. Here's all of them.

What is the most popular Oilers jersey? ›

The Oilers classic orange and royal blue jersey is arguably the most popular uniform in franchise history.

Is Game 7 in Florida or Edmonton? ›

Stanley Cup Final Game 7

The good news for the Edmonton Oilers is that four of those instances have come in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, although the Florida Panthers will have home ice as the NHL season draws to an epic close in Sunrise, Fla.

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