Ryan Smyth and Lee Fogolin called into the Edmonton Oilers Hall of Fame

Earlier this summer, the Edmonton Oilers announced that they would be establishing an Edmonton Oilers Hall of Fame. It would include people, not just players, who have played a significant role in the history of the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to this announcement, the only people honored by the organization were those who had their jerseys retired and the organization has a policy that only players who are in the Hockey Hall of Fame will have their jerseys retired. By establishing an Oilers Hall of Fame, you allow the organization to honor those who played a significant role in the history and fabric of the organization and of Edmonton.

The inaugural Class of 2022 of the Oilers Hall of Fame will go to those with a banner hanging in Rogers Place: Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson, Kevin Lowe, Glen Sather and Rod Phillips. . They were automatically inducted under their respective Oilers banner of honor, but they won’t have a ceremony to commemorate their induction into the Oilers Hall of Fame, because they already had it when they retired their jersey. Some of them will be in attendance on November 3rd to watch and support the swearing-in of Lee Fogolin and Ryan Smyth.

Fogolin was acquired by the Oilers from the Buffalo Sabers in the 1979 NHL expansion draft. He played in 586 regular season games for Edmonton recording 36 goals and 124 assists along with an impressive +153. He was the Captain of the Oilers for a few seasons and won the Stanley Cups in 1984 and 1985. He was also the face of Mr. Plywood commercials for a few seasons. He was a real handyman in real life, so the ads made sense. Promotions worked and he was eventually joined by Dave Semenko for a few spots and even Randy Gregg.

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Fogolin was well respected by the young stars of the Oilers. He was like an older brother/father figure to them.

“He was the foundation for all of us,” Kevin Lowe said in a text message. “He was a hard-working, blue-collar, driven leader on the ice, and off the ice he was respectful, honest and a great family man that we could all look up to,” Lowe added.

The Oilers Hall of Fame won’t just be for players who rack up points. They want it to be for people who have made an impact in various ways, and Fogolin did that. Players and people in the organization in the 1980s believe that his attitude and leadership were vital to their success.

Ryan Smyth was the heart of the Edmonton Oilers for 14 seasons. Edmonton selected him sixth overall in the 1994 NHL entry draft and he played 48 games for the Oilers in 1995/1996 after a brief nine-game stint in the AHL. In 1997 he exploded with 39 goals and became the favorite of most Oilers fans due to his tenacious work ethic and tireless effort. He played 971 games for the Oilers, second only to Lowe. He is fifth all-time in goals with 296 and sixth in points with 631.

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He also had great success representing Canada in various tournaments. He won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics (2002), the 2004 World Cup, the 2003 and 2004 World Championships, the 2012 Spengler Cup, and the 1995 World Juniors. He captained Canada six times at the IIHF World Championships and earned the nickname Captain Canada.

Smyth didn’t just shine for the Oilers, he lived in the community. He and his wife Stacey worked with numerous charities in Edmonton and devoted a lot of time and money to various causes.

Fogolin and Smyth will be inducted on Thursday, Nov. 3, when the Oilers host the New Jersey Devils.

HALL OF FAME DECISIONS…

Some people came up and asked how members are chosen.

There is a panel of 11 members who vote. The selection committee includes former Oilers Wayne Gretzky, Ron Low, Louie DeBrusk and Chris Joseph, former player and executive Bruce MacGregor, members of the media Jim Matheson, Terry Jones, Bob Stauffer and myself, along with members of the community Chief Wilton Littlechild (International Chief and former U of A Golden Bear) and two-time Team Canada Olympic gold medalist Shannon Szabados.

The operation of the process is simple. In August, the committee will meet and each member will present one person they deem worthy of induction into the Oilers Hall of Fame. Present reasons why they deserve the honor. Once all 11 people have shown up, a ballot is sent out. In order to enter, a person has to receive nine votes.

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This year only two members were allowed to enter, but in future years a maximum of three can join.

This year a total of seven names were proposed. Some members nominated the same person. The committee doesn’t talk to each other before the meeting, so if two of us introduce the same person, that person has two guaranteed votes.

The ballots are secret and are not discussed among the members, so I only know who I am voting for and I cannot discuss my ballot. I can say that I nominated Smyth.

I am honored to be on the committee, and I really enjoyed the process. The introductions are great and really make you think of someone you may not have considered. I think an Oilers Hall of Fame is long overdue and there are a lot of people like Smyth and Fogolin who did great things for the organization and deserve to be honored. It will be fun to see who else will be voted on in the future.

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