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Edmonton Hockey Guide: 10 Ways to Get the Ultimate Hockey Experience

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Edmonton hockey guide: fans fill Rexall Place to cheer on The Edmonton Oilers during an NHL hockey game. Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton.

All Canadians may love the game, but Edmonton hockey fans are some of the most enthusiastic in the country! Home to five-time Stanley Cup Championship winners, the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton is a fantastic, sports-savvy city to experience hockey excitement year-round. For an ear-shattering crowd experience, be sure to catch a live Edmonton hockey game — but even if you’re not visiting during the hockey season, Edmonton provides plenty of other ways to take in the sport. Here, we name some of our favourite experiences that will enrich any hockey-lover’s Edmonton stay.

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EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #1: REXALL PLACE
Rexall Place is the host of all NHL and WHL games, and some of the most enthusiastic and dedicated sports fans. It has gone on record as one of the loudest and rowdiest arenas in the league—the crowd has been known to reach upwards of 115 decibels! Be sure to catch a game and experience the excitement for yourself. If it’s the off season, check out Edmonton’s iconic Wayne Gretzky bronze statue outside. During the regular NHL season (October to April), you can nab tickets via Ticketmaster. During the regular WHL season (September to March), the Edmonton Oil Kings also play at Rexall Place, and the tickets can be also be purchased via Ticketmaster.
• Rexall Place, 7424-118 Ave., 780-451-8000, rexall-place.com
• Edmonton Oilers (NHL) tickets: 1-855-985-5000, buy online 
• Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) tickets: 1-855-985-5000, buy online
Map and reviews 

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #2: UNITED CYCLE
Pose for a legendary photo next to the giant Stanley Cup Replica, located outside United Cycle at 76th Avenue and Gateway Boulevard. While you’re there, pop into the store to browse United’s extensive selection of sporting equipment and apparel, including authentic NHL jerseys and everything you need to play the game yourself.
• United Cycle, 7620 Gateway Blvd., 780-433-1181, unitedcycle.com
Map and reviews

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOPS #3 & #4: LA FAVORITE & SAM ABOUHASSAN
Fan of The Great One? Wayne Gretzky has left traces of history in some of Edmonton’s most well-established venues. La Favorite Pastry Shop is the beloved, family-run bakery that made the famous Wayne and Janet Gretzky wedding cake. Stop in for a slice of history, and be sure to pick up some freshly baked, melt-in-your-mouth treats. Likewise, head over to Sam Abouhassan Custom Clothiers — the tailor who created Gretzky’s wedding suit—for impeccable custom-made or custom-tailored clothing for men.
• La Favorite Pastry Shop, 12431-102 Ave., 780-482-7024, lafavorite.ca, map and reviews
• Sam Abouhassan Custom Clothiers, 10150 Jasper Ave., Commerce Place, 780-429-7998, samabouhassan.com

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #5: CENTRAL SOCIAL HALL
Need a spot to watch the game? Central Social Hall (10909 Jasper Ave.) has become “Hockey Central Social Hall,” showing NHL games on their large, high-definition televisions and offering food and beer specials during all Oilers games. If you can’t get a seat at the Central Oilers Nation, the largest Oilers Fan Club in the city, recommends The Pint (10125-109 St., or 8302-104 St.) as a great game-day bar.
• Central Social Hall, 10909 Jasper Ave., 780-705-1900, centralsocialhall.com 
• Map and reviews  

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #6: PRO HOCKEY LIFE
Pro Hockey Life is the ultimate store in Edmonton to stock up on absolutely everything you need for playing or watching a game, or even just to show off your love of the sport. There’s an excellent variety of top equipment and clothing brands, so you can find all the gear you need for a game of hockey—you can even outfit your own team with custom-labeled jerseys. If you’re just sitting down to watch a game, browse their extensive selection of authentic NHL, CHL, and International league jerseys and apparel to cheer on your favourite team in style. There are two locations in Edmonton.
• Pro Hockey Life, 164 Mayfield Common, Mayfield Common Shopping Centre, 780-443-3567, prohockeylife.com
• Pro Hockey Life, 1412-99 St., South Edmonton Common, 780-409-8395, prohockeylife.com

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #7: CACTUS CLUB CAFE
This dining hot spot features original artwork from Andy Warhol on the walls, including his famous ‘Wayne Gretzky #99’ series original signed trial proofs. See the iconic pop artist’s rendition of Edmonton’s legendary hockey star (here’s one of the accounts of their famous meeting) as you dine in the sleek restaurant on tasty dishes like melt-in-your-mouth kobe meatballs and the flavourful sushi cone.
• Cactus CLub Cafe, 11130 Jasper Ave., 587-523-8030, www.cactusclubcafe.com

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #8: THE HOCKIEST STREETS IN THE CITY
Edmonton hockey legends Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier both have major roads named after them here. You can spot the signage along Wayne Gretzky Drive and Mark Messier Trail.

EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #9: GAME ON SPORTS
The Oilers’ official store is Game on Sports in West Edmonton Mall, where you can find a wide variety of apparel, accessories, and giftware adorned with the Oilers’ logo—or that of any NHL team. They also have an ever-changing selection of autographed jerseys and photos, bearing signatures from some of the biggest names in the NHL, both past and present.
• Game on Sports, West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-455-4695 or 1-866-442-6966, gameonsports.ca
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EDMONTON HOCKEY STOP #10: ICE RINKS
Have you ever wanted to skate on a NHL-sized rink? You can at West Edmonton Mall’s renowned Ice Palace, which offers daily drop-in recreational skating. Special hockey and professional skating events take place occasionally. Please call to inquire about a schedule. Skate and helmet rentals are available ($4 and $2 each, respectively). Or, drop-in at any city arena to skate, participate in shinny hockey, register for hockey lessons, or join an adult hockey team. All public arenas are free! Visit the city’s website  or call 780-442-5311 for more information about arena locations and drop-in times.
• Ice Palace, West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-5290, website
 Map and reviews

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