This is John Fisher sporting a rarity: an Alberta Oilers jersey (1972). Fisher was born in Ayre, Scotland in 1947 and played in both the SJHL and OHA (a rare combination) during his junior career. He had a pretty good Memorial Cup in 1966 as a member of the Estevan Bruins (teammates included Ross Lonsberry, Gregg Sheppard and Barry Gibbs).
He had a short pro career, playing in the Black Hawks and then Red Wings systems before rounding out his pro career with 40 games for the Alberta Oilers in 72-73. He had zero goals and 5 assists.
Since 1972, the Oilers have supplied Edmonton hockey fans with the highest highs and the lowest lows: 5 Stanleys plus two other runs to the finals, some supreme teams not meant for the finals (that Moog team who beat the Habs, the late 90s Joseph clubs, ’91). The list of talented players who passed through this town is stunning.
The lowest lows? Michael Largue, Brett Callighen’s eye injury, trading 99, trading Messier, trading Pronger. Losing G7 SCF 06, Shayne Corson, Jimmy Carson. Others.
There are very few things Oilers fans haven’t seen. So it is with some amazement that we watch Daryl Katz and his attempts to buy the team. The idea of an owner who’s filthy rich simply never crossed our minds.
I find myself cheering for Katz even though there’s no indication he’d spend to the cap or that he’d build a new arena with his own money. The mere thought that these issues could actually be discussed is enough to get me onside.
Why? If you have to ask, you do not really remember the days of Michael Largue.