The name changes for the Edmonton Coliseum over the years has been helpful in that it helps define eras in Edmonton.
When the building was called Northlands it was a terrifying spot to play hockey, with future hall of famers lighting the lamp with ease and blowing out many a visitor that would visit Alberta’s capital city.
However the two more recent incantations, Skyreach and Rexall were exactly the opposite. Teams came in and had their way with the Oilers, nobody more than the Flames who ran their record to 15-3-1 in their last 19 visits to the pill box, ending their history in the building with a convincing if somewhat embarrassing 5-0 blow out win over the Oilers.
The Flames were paced by Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund, two players that will be key in building new memories at the new Roger’s Place next year when it opens.