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It happened again: Oilers fan throws jersey on the ice in lopsided loss to Flames

Mar 23, 2014, 12:37 AM EDT

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For the second time this season, a disgruntled fan threw an Edmonton Oilers jersey onto the ice at Rexall Place.

It happened this time during the third period of Saturday’s game between the Oilers and their Battle-of-Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames. Yeah, this one was ugly. The Flames skated to an 8-1 victory.

Click on this link to see Oilers’ goalie Ben Scrivens scoop up the wayward jersey with his stick and then chuck it back into the crowd.

“I don’t think you should throw anything on the ice. In the AHL they threw batteries on the ice. I understand the frustration,” said first-year head coach Dallas Eakins, as per Gene Principe of Sportsnet.

Added Scrivens: “You’re a fan, you get to say and do whatever you want. Call me whatever name you want. But when it comes to that logo, that’s a sacred thing for us and it’s disheartening for me to see our fans treat it that way.”

Now, you might recall that this happened earlier in the season. That led Eakins to rip the fan, calling them a quitter.

“Whoever threw that jersey on the ice, they’re out, they’ve given up, they’re a quitter,” said Eakins back in December. “We don’t want that here.

“For some fan to show us all that he quit, he’s done, he threw in the towel, I think that says volumes about the individual. I don’t believe this city was built on people like that.”

On Saturday, it clearly looked like the Oilers – the hockey team – quit. But again, the coach and players didn’t care for someone throwing a jersey on the ice.

The two teams came out of the first period tied at one-goal apiece. And it completely came apart for the host Oilers after that.

They allowed four goals just over three minutes in the second period, and then surrendered three more in the final period.

Frustrations appeared to boil over on the Oilers bench, as Eakins and star forward Taylor Hall had an exchange that occurred after Hall threw a water bottle to the ground in disgust.

  1. roblo76 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Hahaha wow, how is that “rebuild” going, Oilers? What a clueless ECHL organization.

    • edog9897 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      At first it was awesome to see the oil doing so poorly….but now it makes me sad. For a fan to put his heart and soul into a team like most do and then for ownership to take a big diherrea dump all over him by recycling the same trashy management and the same horrendous owner to stick his nose in hockey ops, this fan was right to show lowe and co that theyre not gonna take it anymore. I hope fans stop going to games and the franchise.goes under, not because of my hate for the oil but my hate for their managament. Its depressing to think that we may have to keep waiting until we can relite the torch of one of hockeys greatest rivalries.

    • nj666 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      You mean that “mickey mouse organization”

      • c9castine - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        lol gretz’s words have come full circle!

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    The 8-1 Flames victory tonight is the largest margin of victory in the history of the battle of Alberta.

    • dkazzed - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Nope. The Oilers beat the Flames 10-1 in the mid 90s in Edmonton. An Oilers fan got banned permanently during that game for pouring beer into the Calgary Flames’ bench.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        Had to do some googling, you are correct, Sportsnet (and subsequently me) had it wrong. this was the Flames largest margin of victory in the series.

        The 10-1 game took place at the Saddledome on November 26th, 1996 (thank you Google), the game where the fan poured the beer on Guy Lapointe and Sasha Lakovic went into the crowd after the fan, took place at Northlands later in the season, so apparently the 96-97 season was a very active one for the series.

  3. 19to77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Losing to the Flames at all is pretty bad by any of the playoff contenders’ standards. The Oilers and their army of 1st-overall busts managed to get paved 8-1. This isn’t hockey. It’s comedy. Hockey is… you know, competitive.

    • govtminion - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Any team that has picked first overall and early-first round so many times in a row should almost be winning games by sheer force of will, one would think. And yet… it seems like they somehow find a way to get worse and worse every year. It’s sad, really- how many times can this team find new and interesting ways to come up short when it matters? 😦

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        Govtminion: that wasn’t meant for you at all, it was in reply to 19to77’s comment, I was typing your response at the same time you were and it ended up posting below your comment. It’s all good.

        Frankly I’ve always thought both you and 19to77 have good points on most topics, however as a Flames fan who’s witnessed some bad years recently I feel he’s short changing our young players quite a bit tonight.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      You haven’t watched the Flames much lately apparently, this team works hard and are in every game regardless of who they’re playing (I believe they’ve played in 43 one goal games now) and they hammered Anaheim 7-2 about 10 days ago.

      The Flames are showing that there’s a definite light at the end of the tunnel, I think 1 year from now they’re battling for a playoff spot.

      • govtminion - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Sorry, I was referring to the Oilers, actually. (And no, I don’t watch much of either out here on the east coast- the rare times they’re actually televised out here, it’s usually the middle of the night for me, sadly.)

    • tmcgee71 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      So if I go to a comedy show is it possible that an Oilers game will break out?

  4. muckleflugga - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    can’t respect any fan disregarding the tradition and history in an oilers’ sweater … a disgraceful waste

    donald s cherry will be in a lather and rightly so

    common sense dictates the sweater might have been given a home in the cockatoo’s cage

    how far the mighty have fallen

    • cheesesteak75 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Money we’ll spent to make an impressive statement!

  5. dumbassgreg - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    oilers and their fans have always been arrogant group. their whole franchise success is from two drafts getting kurri,anderson messier etc. 30 years since one bad raft after another. as someone wrote other day. a team with sequin landeskog and murray as first picks is much better then this group.. hockey gods getting g even for kevin lowe stupid penner contract which caused last lockout. if you are part of oilers old boys is like being pope or usa supreme court job till day you die no matter how feeble minded you are. lmao.

  6. bucrightoff - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    The Oilers franchise is an absolute disaster right now.

  7. muckleflugga - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM


    i see a marketing opportunity here that will preserve the dignity of the oilers revered sweater and logo … waffles

    pressed in a frisbee-like disc and emblazoned in oilers crest and colours

    flop tarts

    • c9castine - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      im f’ing stunned.

      you said something funny.

  8. 950003cups - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    The fan quit? LOLOL. He’s sending a loud message that obviously has been heard. Oilers are a joke. They’re using their fans to vacuum money from. They have no intentions to give them a worthy product.

    Scrivens just got there. How can he call the logo sacred? I’ll be the was cursing god the entire flight over to Edmonton.

    Eakins is lucky it was a jersey. Eventually fans are gonna be throwing a lot heavier things at him, like the seats.

    I feel bad for the fans. That’s a passionate fan base and the “Sacred Oilers” are taking advantage of them.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      “Scrivens just got there. How can he call the logo sacred? I’ll be the was cursing god the entire flight over to Edmonton.”

      From what I understand, Scrivens grew up in the area and an Oilers fan and was somewhat excited to go “home”.

    • 950003cups - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      I can guarantee you. He was in no way excited to waste all his years of training to be on a team that has zero defense. Don’t buy all that “I’m excited to be here” crap. It’s a staple quote from every athlete since the 1930’s. It basically means they’re not thrilled to be on that team.

      • charlieconway96 - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:37 AM

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m not buying the “I’m excited to be a part of this train wreck” line. At the same time, if you’re gonna get dumped on a dumpster fire of a team, why not the team you grew up rooting for.

  9. wranglerick - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    I hear ya all, im an islanders fan.

  10. ray2013 - Mar 23, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    I wondered how long it would take for some type of fan revolt. No matter how bad the team has been, the fans still come out. So nothing really changes. One time, disgruntled fan. Two times, disgruntled fanbase. Hopefully there is a lot of changes coming. But the seguin, landeskog, Murray suggestion is interesting but misleading. I watches every draft show, read every draft evaluation. When they drafted #1 each time, they took the consensus #1 pick each time. You don’t get a sure-fire HOF-er just because you’re first up.

  11. ironmd778 - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    LAME. I hope that fan got his ass kicked.

  12. jacketsfan7 - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    I would say oilers fans are the most passionate, but definitely not the most loyal , as a blue jackets fan I know I shouldn’t really be talking😂 but still our fans wouldn’t do that ( at least I don’t think they would )

  13. wishingtonredslur - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Flames are different with Glencross on the ice.

  14. 19wasthebest - Mar 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I remember Sasha climbing the glass in Jersey once. I also remember when Sasha played here in Toledo in the ECHL for the Storm. Those were the days of good ole tough hockey. Miss them days! thanks for the memory

  15. jimeejohnson - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Hey Eakins: you’re team is playing like crap! Lucky that fan didn’t go to the restroom and wipe his butt with the jersey before tossing it onto the ice.

  16. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Nothing beats the original:

  17. joey4id - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Many of the players on the Oilers are counting the days until the end of the season. They’re looking forward to tee times and summer at this point.

  18. easez1 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Apparently if Scrivens doesn’t pitch a shutout the Oil is toast, nevertheless sad to see fans tossing things on the ice, especially a jersey.

  19. josh oneill - Mar 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Folks, it’s one game. Is there a collective memory-loss happening in this thread? We routed Calgary 8-2 in March of 2013. And what of the 9-2 and 8-4 victories over Chicago in 2012? It happens to all teams from time-to-time. The Flames managed to pummel Anaheim the other night to the tune of 7-2. Does that mean that Anahiem is a terrible team? No, it simply means that it happens sometimes in hockey. Over the last 20 games, the Oilers have made strides in their game – mostly managing to play 3 full periods of hockey against top teams. And in his short term with the Oil, Mac T has made some significant improvements up front and in net. Good things take time. Sometimes lots of time. If you are a true Blue and Copper, you’ll suck it up and move on.

  20. flyboystransport - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    And philly fans are bad????

    • chalkruz1989 - Mar 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      If a Philadelphia fan did this, it would be on ESPN and then they’d bring up the Santa-Snowball incident.

      But, if you pay the price to go see a game, I understand being frustrated when your team loses 8-1. However, you should have respect and instead of throwing objects on the ice, don’t go! Sports team will feel the impact if sales plummet.

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