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Oilers, City of Edmonton make #SpiderMable’s wish come true

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In a wonderful gesture that echoed the Bay Area’s “Batkid,” the Edmonton Oilers and City of Edmonton teamed up to make one child’s dream come true on Monday.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada learned that Mable Tooke – or #SpiderMable – wanted to battle crime while she battles cancer.

The Edmonton Police beckoned Spider Mable by noting that Oilers captain Andrew Ference was “kidnapped” by the diabolical Mysterio.

The Ference family begged for her help:

Wisely, #SpiderMable loaded up for a big day with a tasty breakfast:

Who needs web-slinging when you have a SPIDER-LIMO?

Spider-Man pitched in to help, too.

You really can’t have a superhero without a sweet theme song, by the way.

Ultimately, #SpiderMable saved the day, and captured many hearts along the way. Here are some additional photos from the Oilers:


McLellan: ‘You won’t hear us talk a lot about playoffs’

Todd McLellan, Peter Chiarelli

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, but new coach Todd McLellan is asking fans of the northern Alberta franchise to remain patient with the hockey club.

McLellan, who took over from Todd Nelson behind the Oilers’ bench, is part of a complete front office overhaul in Edmonton, which also includes GM Peter Chiarelli taking over from Craig MacTavish.

“It’s hard for us to go to our great fans here in Edmonton and across the country and ask them to be patient again because it’s been a while,” McLellan recently told Sportsnet’s Gene Principe. “With that being said, we also have to establish a foundation as a new group, a new set of coaches (and) new players coming in – a foundation that will allow us to be successful, not only for as much as we can right now, but also months down the road and years down the road.”

Edmonton finished last season with a 24-44-14 record good for 13th in the Western Conference and 28th overall. The Oilers surrendered a league-high 276 goals and were 26th overall in goals for (193).

Despite upgrades throughout the lineup, McLellan remains focused on the big picture.

“You won’t hear us talk a lot about playoffs (this season),” the 47-year-old said. “I know there will be a lot of conversations and questions asked of me and the players, but my answer is always going to be we’ve got to formulate the foundation and get doing things right before we can take that big step.”

Part of that foundation could include a new captain. Veteran defenseman Andrew Ference has worn the ‘C’ for the past two seasons, but the 36-year-old has had conversations with McLellan about his future as the club’s captain.

“I brought it up … I like things out in the open,” Ference told the Edmonton Journal in August per NHL.com. “I don’t like walking on eggshells or awkward moments, player to coach, player to GM. This isn’t a vanity project. We should want everybody pulling on the same rope for the Oilers.”

Ference scored three goals and 14 points while registering a minus-17 rating and averaging 18:53 a night in ice time in 70 games last season.

“I sat and talked to Andrew about that situation,” said McLellan “I felt that my relationship with him at that time was really strong, and you have to have that as a coach-captain situation.”

Related: Report: McDavid to live with Hall this season

PHT Morning Skate: Hockey fans celebrate National Dog Day

Los Angeles Kings v Colorado Avalanche

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It’s looking more and more like Eric Staal and Cam Ward will enter the Carolina Hurricanes’ training camp without new contracts. (News & Observer)

Armed with a tryout contract, Tom Sestito hopes to earn a job with the Pittsburgh Penguins out of training camp so that he can “deter a guy from taking a run at the 90,000 stars on the team.” (Penguins.nhl.com)

The ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors have changed their name to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Their new logo features a rabbit who is wielding a mix between a hockey stick and carrot. (Greenville Online)

The Edmonton Oilers might be a significantly different team with a new bench boss, substantially changed front office, and a new hope in Connor McDavid, but one thing Andrew Ference doesn’t expect to change is his position as the team’s captain. (Edmonton Journal)

Ryan Johansen threw out the first pitch for Cincinnati on Monday and that event gave him a chance to talk with the Reds players about the differences and similarities between the two sports. (Bluejackets.nhl.com)

Finally, it was National Dog Day on Wednesday and that involved a lot of hockey-themed pictures. Here are some of the highlights: