Former Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky returned to the city to watch his old team take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of the NHL playoffs. Hemsky, hailing from the Czech Republic, was the Oilers’ 13th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft. He spent 11 seasons with the Oilers, from 2002 to 2014, and remains a fan favorite in Edmonton.
During his tenure with the Oilers, Hemsky played in 652 games, scored 142 goals, and provided 335 assists for a total of 477 points. He also accumulated 303 penalty minutes. As the camera panned to Hemsky on the jumbotron, the crowd erupted in cheers, showing their appreciation for his dedication to both the team and the city of Edmonton.
Unfortunately, the Oilers couldn’t secure a win in the thrilling Game 1 against the Kings. With just 16 seconds left in regulation, the Kings tied the game, sending it to overtime. The Oilers had a goal called off for high sticking before the Kings ultimately scored the game-winning goal on a power play.
Though the game didn’t end in the Oilers’ favor, the appearance of Ales Hemsky brought back fond memories for the fans in attendance. As the series continues, the Oilers will look to bounce back and secure a victory. Fans were not happy with last night’s performance, throwing stuff on the ice at the end of the game.