Slats to the rafters: Oilers announce Sather banner raising ceremony

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The architect of Edmonton’s famous championship teams will soon hang among the franchise’s elite.

On Dec. 11, the Oilers will raise a banner in honor of Glen Sather, who won four Stanley Cups as president, general manager and head coach and a fifth as president and GM — all in Edmonton.

“We are delighted to host Glen and his family in Edmonton for what will be a very special time for him, our organization and the city,” Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson said in a statement. “It is going to be a wonderful two days where Oilers fans, the public, the Oilers organization, our legendary alumni, Glen’s contemporaries and others will help celebrate the career of a true hockey legend.”

Sather will become the ninth Oiler to have his banner raised to the rafters, joining Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and longtime radio man Rod Phillips.

In a nice move, the ceremony will happen on the same night Edmonton hosts the Rangers — the team Sather spent 14 years managing before retiring this past July.