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Oilers shine in Ryan Smyth’s final game

Apr 13, 2014, 12:49 AM EDT

Saturday’s 5-2 Edmonton Oilers win against the Vancouver Canucks meant little-to-nothing in the scheme of the 2013-14 season, but it meant a lot to plenty of Oilers fans. That’s because tonight served as the final game of Ryan Smyth‘s career, as chronicled in a wide variety of ways.

Naturally, that included a tribute from the team before the big day:

A nod as captain with Andrew Ference on the shelf:

An emotional locker room speech:

A fantastic gesture from his final opponent and long-time divisional rivals:

A goofy-but-endearing political ode:

And yes, as more than a few people speculated, more than a few tears from the retiring 38-year-old:

source: AP

Credit: AP

You could argue that the only thing the night was lacking was an ugly Smyth goal in front of Vancouver’s net, yet another than that, it was pretty much a perfect send-off for a winger who squeezed every bit of production and fanfare one could expect from a limited set of skills.

  1. blomfeld - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    WELL DONE VANCOUVER !

    What a terrific gesture on the part of the Canucks to come onto the ice like that and give Smytty his due ! In fact, it’s very similar to when Iggy and crew came onto the ice here in Vancouver to congratulate Linden after his final game. This is ‘exactly’ why I love hockey and why I’m proud to call myself a devoted fan of these marvelous athletes and people ! :)

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Indeed, blom. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      Tip o the cap to the Canucks. Classy move.

    • pfhockey - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      That and the Bugsy drug bust. The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows within one day. A spectacle it is.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    *tear*

  3. canucks30 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    I hate anything and everything about the Oilers.

    With that being said:

  4. lowenni - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Very class of the Nucks to come back on the ice. Even with the crazy season they’re having to stay level-headed and be able to show such respect and classiness towards the opposing team shows just how great hockey players are. I love this game!!

    Also, best of luck to Ryan Smyth in whatever career path he chooses to follow, I hope he has as much success off the ice as he did on it. I’m sure there are 30 NHL teams who would love to have him at some position or another in their staff.

    • lowenni - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      *very classy

    • lowenni - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Here’s video of the Nucks coming back out. Very cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USUzhpii-bg

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:53 AM

      What’s sad is that the entire Canucks team came back on the ice to celebrate the career of Smyth (which is a very classy move) yet only 3 current Oilers (Hall, Eberle and Perron) bothered to show up at his retirement announcement yesterday, every single player on the Oilers team should have been there.

  5. flyerspsu - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    such a class act and hard working guy, i only wish the best, age and talent wise he probably shouldnt have lasted this long but his passion and hard work for the sport kept him going this, I can only respect the hell out of a guy like that

  6. charlieconway96 - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Sure will and determination throughout his whole career. Everyone loves a blue collar hero, good on him and best of luck down the road.

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    how does ryan smyth’s last game become a canucks love-in … from people who normally delight in dumping on canucks

    stay in character blomfeld

    blue collar heroes manufactured from millionaires … lmao

    what a bunch of maudlin claptrap …

    the guy’s torn-up because he’s been told he’s not in oilers’ plans and no one else is interested … i’d be pouring tears if i knew the gravy train was leaving the station without me

    the millionaire blue collar hero lmao

    • kitshky - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      You’re boring.

  8. ray2013 - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    What is more interesting to me is what the Oilers do from here. It’s a team short on veterans and leadership and they’re losing a good one in Smytty. It was one highlight in a very bad season. Weren’t they suppose to challenge for the playoffs this year and have a rock-star coach? What happens next?

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