Oilers gear is still flying off the shelves in Edmonton.
One player, Connor McDavid, gets the most sales — but individual results on the ice also spur purchases. “So if you take McDavid out of the question, it becomes about the performance of the athlete on the ice,” said Kelly Hodgson at United Cycle.
“Certainly there was a time there where (Zack) Kassian was our hero. And we saw a huge spike in Kassian gear.”
It just takes a drive anywhere in Edmonton to know that Oilers flags are also hot items. There are a lot of Oilers merchandise options.
“If you’re not in for a couple hundred bucks for a name amd numbered jersey, then maybe a $35 T-shirt that has Nurse on it — or McDavid or Draisdaitl or whoever you want to be — would be more in your budget,” said Hodgson.
Some nurses at various Edmonton hospitals have been buying Darnell Nurse shirts to get into the spirit. One said “I answer to the name all day at work – it’s like having my own name on the shirt!”