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The Edmonton Oilers started in 1971 as one of the twelve founding franchises of the World Hockey Association. Eight years later the Oilers were one of four WHA franchises to survive the merger of the WHA with the National Hockey League. The other three were the Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers (now the Carolina Hurricanes) and the Winnipeg Jets (now the Phoenix Coyotes). The Oilers have won 6 NHL Division Championships (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987), 7 Conference Championships (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2006) and 5 Stanley Cups (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990). Led by captain Wayne Gretsky, the Oilers won their five Stanley Cups in just seven years (1984-1990). To many it is thought to be a record that will never be broken.
After the club won Stanley Cup #4, Wayne Gretsky was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. The Edmonton Oilers made the NHL playoffs the next year without him, only to be eliminated by none other than Gretsky and the Kings in the first round. In the 1989-90 season, when many thought the run was over, the Oilers returned to the postseason. The Oilers eliminated the Winnipeg Jets in 7 in the first round, got sweet revenge in banishing the Kings in four straight in the Semis, took the Conference Finals in six from the Chicago Blackhawks and beat the Boston Bruins for Stanley Cup #5.
After a decade of mediocrity, in the first season following the 2004-05 lockout the Edmonton Oilers returned to form. After knocking off the Detroit Red Wings in the Quarterfinals, the Sharks in the Semis and winning a seventh Conference Championship ousting the Anaheim Ducks, the Oilers went seven games with the eventual 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes.
In 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons the Edmonton Oilers failed to make the playoffs. That sounds bad until one looks at the second half of the 2007-08 season. The team finished the first half with a disappointing record of 16-21-0-4. Over the final 41 games they went 25-14-0-2. The Oilers finished the regular season in 9th place in the Western Conference, 3 points shy of a playoff spot. With a cadre of young players coming into their own, the 2008-09 season looks just fine.
The Edmonton Oilers are in the Northwest Division of the 3-division Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
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