The “Edmonton Oilers” is a professional ice hockey team situated in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The team is part of the Pacific Division that plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Oilers discovered by the World Hockey Association (WHA) along with the other 12 teams in November 1, 1971. After a year, the team had its first appearance in the season and won with a record 7-4 against the Ottawa Nationals.
The WHA has had two teams in the city of Alberta, namely the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Broncos, however, the Calgary Broncos moved to Cleveland, Ohio and the Oilers were renamed as the Alberta Oilers. After a year of being called the Alberta Oilers, the team has returned to their original name Edmonton Oilers, since then until the present times, they have been called and known as the Edmonton Oilers.
During the 1979 WHA-NHL merger, the team was introduced as one of the four franchises along with the other NHL teams namely the Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers and Jets. Among the four teams, only the Edmonton Oilers have avoided renaming and relocation. The team officially joined the National Hockey League (NHL) on the same year.
At the time when they joined the league, their early years went very successful as they won five occasions of the Stanley Cup Finals during the seasons 1983-1984, 1984-1985, 1986-1987, 1987-1988 and 1989-1990. The team also had better draft points where they were able to put up a strong defense.
For the records of success that has been achieved, the Edmonton Oilers received the dynasty status by the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, just like all NHL teams, the Oilers have gone through ups and downs during their 2000s.
Until the current era, the Oilers are still into mixed struggles and success. The team had less periods of rebuilding but they have been into many drafts, change of coaches and team players.