Oilers’ great Anderson boosting Admirals

The Sylvan Lake Admirals will have a special guest in the house for their Chinook Hockey League (CHL) home opener this weekend.

Six time Stanley Cup winner and former Edmonton Oiler Glenn Anderson will be at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex Saturday night, the same night the Admirals open their season against the reigning provincial senior men’s AAA hockey champion Bentley Generals.

The hall of famer played in over 1125 NHL games, scoring 498 goals and 601 assists in his 17-year career, which also included stops in Toronto, St.Louis and New York.

“We have created a great partnership with Hockey Central Sports Memorabilia Inc in Sylvan Lake and they have helped us get some of hockey’s great players to come out and interact with our fans during a few home games this season,” said Admirals general manager and head coach Jason Stephens.

“This is huge for us as we try and attract fans to the Multiplex in Sylvan Lake and shows what kind of team we are putting on the ice and build our team’s reputation and image in the town of Sylvan Lake and Central Alberta. We have to thank Hockey Central Memorabilia Inc for their support and making the home game an even better event for all the fans with their help.”

The Admirals, who won the provincial senior men’s AA hockey banner last season as the West Central Alberta Rams, made the full time move to Sylvan Lake last December after spending the first part of the year splitting their home games between Rocky Mountain House and Sylvan.

Shortly after the 2009-2010 season ended, the Admirals went public with their name and logo change and also announced they’ll be competing this year as a AAA team, joining the Generals, the Stony Plain Eagles and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs as the other CHL teams at the AAA level.

Puck drop is set for 8:30pm Saturday night and Anderson will be at the Multiplex to sign autographs and interact with the fans.