I'm so pissed... Those are are mine and I've been banned from the audio for the Detriot video because of US laws. I had some good clips of McGuire and others saying the Oiler's sucked and Detriot was too talented. They actually took out the audio from all of them for all few years but it appears they let the San Jose and Anahiem videos audio they put back.
My Wife (GF at the time) asked me why I didn't do a Carolina video. I said I don't celebrate losing and I don't to this day. CBC did a great game 6 video that is enough. Hopefully the young Oiler's change that in a BIG way.... GO OILERS.
Also... I lived in Calgary during 06 and when the Oiler's where down 3-0 or 2-1 in score to the Sharks and came back to win it (Jason Smith's Bobby Orr-like goal) I was heckled and nearly assaulted by Flame fans (at the time, "copying the flames run"?!?!?!) but NEVER gave up the Cheer for the Oil.
I hope to relive that memory again.
Those are yours? Oh man they are awesome. I've subscribed and watched them quite a bit. So well done.
(Can you make them do they can be viewed on a mobile device?)
I honestly don't think the arena would be being built in downtown if the 2006 run hadn't happened.
I think that run opened Katz' eyes and balanced the Oilers financials by bringing in a ton of money.
Ever since then the Oilers have also been able to charge higher ticket prices even in a rebuild.
I remember almost being so on edge about making the playoffs that year because we had invested so much money in bringing in Pronger, Peca, Roloson, etc. that if it didn't work out ... I think it would've been a disaster for the team.
Honestly I think the 2004 run for Calgary and the 2006 run for Edmonton basically transformed both franchises big time and cemented a ton of new fans at a time where lots of people were moving into the province.
I think both those runs also changed the mindset from just wanting to make the playoffs to legitimately thinking about building a Cup champion some day. Granted I think the Flames window has passed on that, but even a few years ago when they were just getting Jokinen and Bouweemester they were obviously going for it. We went hunting for Hossa and Heatley, before going to full rebuild route, but make no mistake, the end goal here is to win a Cup too.
This type of thinking would've been insane in the 1990s.
Everything happened so fast. We moved right from a high-tension end of the season into the playoffs, and from a miracle run into a disastrous off-season. We had no time to analyze or appreciate what we had:
-TWO 70-point scorers. Hemsky's 77 points is the highest any Oiler has put up since Weight's 90 in his final season here.
-FOUR 60+ scorers - It'd been 15 years since we'd had that (1990-1991)
-a defenseman with >55 points. Even in an "off" year Pronger racked up the points (56). The last time an Oilers defenseman had done that was Coffey back in '87
I'm not even going to get started with the miracle playoff run.
Wow. Those stats really put it in perspective. I wonder how much of that is the rule changes and the increased penalty calls. (none the less, very impressive).
On the Detroit series game 6, I recall asking a friend what it was like in the building, especially since we were down 2-0 going into the third. He said nobody was worried. That game was possibly the defining moment of the Cup run for me. I wasn't worried about SJ and we had always played Anahiem tough in the years leading up to that series. Calgary definitely dropped the ball but not getting past them.
I suppose that this run intensified the fire inside of the fanbase but honestly, I didn't notice it dwindling. When I think back to those playoff series against the Stars and the Avalanche in the late 90's, early 00's it was just as nutty. This city has always adored the hell out of this team. Of course a run to the final is going to make that love affair seem stronger.