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Edmonton Oilers in the playoffs after a decade-long drought and Whyte Avenue will be ready

Edmonton police prepare for Oilers playoff run
WATCH ABOVE: On game nights, the Edmonton Oilers will bring a lot of people - and a lot of liquor - together during the playoffs. Vinesh Pratap takes a look at how police are preparing.

The Edmonton Oilers officially qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, and now for the first time in years the city is in post-season preparations.

Oilers fans celbrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, after the Oilers win game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. CP Photo/Ian Jackson
Oilers fans celbrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, after the Oilers win game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. CP Photo/Ian Jackson

It’s not quite like former Edmonton Police Service chief Mike Boyd left the file in a case with instructions to current chief Rod Knecht “in case of playoffs – break glass,” however spokesman EPS Scott Pattison confirms work began when it became clear playoff hockey would become real.

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“We are excited, like many Edmontonians, for the return of our beloved hockey team to the post-season,” Pattison said in an email. “We trust hockey fans will embrace this experience in a respectful way, and show the rest of the world what a great city we have.”

Edmonton Oilers fans flooded Whyte Avenue to celebrate the Oilers victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup finals Saturday May 27, 2006. Fans later set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
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Edmonton Oilers fans flooded Whyte Avenue to celebrate the Oilers victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup finals Saturday May 27, 2006. Fans later set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
An Edmonton Oilers fan hangs from a signal light cable while a second man stand on a street sign on Whyte Avenue Sunday May 28, 2006. Fans set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
An Edmonton Oilers fan hangs from a signal light cable while a second man stand on a street sign on Whyte Avenue Sunday May 28, 2006. Fans set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans climb onto a lamp post on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans climb onto a lamp post on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans cheer in front of a fire on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006. Thousands of people flooded into the avenue after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans cheer in front of a fire on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006. Thousands of people flooded into the avenue after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans cheer on a young woman during a celebration on Whyte Avenue Sunday May 28, 2006. Thousands of people poured into the avenue  to celebrate the Oilers advancement to the Stanley Cup finals. Fans later set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans cheer on a young woman during a celebration on Whyte Avenue Sunday May 28, 2006. Thousands of people poured into the avenue to celebrate the Oilers advancement to the Stanley Cup finals. Fans later set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
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An Edmonton Oilers fans taunts riot police on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
An Edmonton Oilers fans taunts riot police on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Police arrest two Edmonton Oilers fans on Saturday May 27, 2006 after thousands of people flocked to Whyte Avenue in Edmonton to celebrate the Oilers advancement to the Stanley Cup Final. Fans later set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Police arrest two Edmonton Oilers fans on Saturday May 27, 2006 after thousands of people flocked to Whyte Avenue in Edmonton to celebrate the Oilers advancement to the Stanley Cup Final. Fans later set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
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Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)

What isn’t as clear is if we’ll see a repeat of the infamous Whyte Avenue riot during the 2006 playoff run where, by the end, police, peace officers and outside help from other agencies had to line the sidewalks to keep things from getting out of hand, after earlier shenanigans.

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“For the most part, the bars and nightclubs have changed focus,” Murray Davison of the Old Strathcona Business Association said.

“We’ve seen a change. There’s still a lot of people on the avenue but I think we’ve all matured.”

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The north side of the river will be ready, said Ian O’Donnell with the Downtown Business Association.

“I think there’s a good understanding that unlike ten years ago there’s a variety of places around the city that we can celebrate in now. Having Rogers Place downtown and certainly more options in the downtown and around central Edmonton hopefully will make it a much more enjoyable place to enjoy the playoffs across the city.”

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As we get closer to the post season, the planning process is expected to intensify.

“It’s early days, we certainly have a great relationship with EPS and other agencies,” O’Donnell said before Tuesday night’s big win.

“I think every one is aware the playoffs are coming and we’re hoping it’s going to be quite lively and we are hoping people are going to be responsible and enjoy themselves and celebrate and really be proud to be Edmontonians and proud to celebrate a new downtown rink and a great new team.”

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Deputy Chief Brian Simpson said while police are ready for the playoffs, citizens can help by obeying the rules and bars can help by making sure people aren’t served excessive amounts of alcohol.

“We get a lot of major events in this city and we have a lot of experience with that and for the most part, Edmontonians are very cooperative and they work very well with us,” Simpson said.

“We’ll be fair but we’ll be stern.”

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At the time in 2006, Chief Boyd came to city council late in the playoff run to inform them that the cost of policing Whyte avenue had surpassed $1 million.

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Simpson said the total EPS cost for policing during the 2006 Stanley Cup run was about $2.2 million and that recent budgets suggest police resources on game nights will cost an additional $50,000 to $60,000.

Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths, wood pallets and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans set fire to telephone booths and street signs on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue in the early hours of Sunday May 28, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Firefighters put out numerous fires and the crowd eventually dispersed under the watch of a heavy police presence. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)

Bonfires were lit earlier in the playoff run, so preventative measures like removing newspaper boxes from the avenue were used.

“With us and what’s happening downtown, there’s a lot more opportunity for places to go when you come out of the arena or if you’re going to stay and watch it when they’re on the road,” Davison said. “I think we’ll be spread out throughout the community and the city so we’re not anticipating too many issues.”

Simpson declined to say how the arena’s new location will impact where police deploy resources or if crowd sizes are expected to be different on Whyte Avenue than they were in 2006. He added there are currently no plans to close any streets on game nights during the playoffs.

Edmonton Oilers fans Joe Seifeddinu and Cherine Merhi celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans Joe Seifeddinu and Cherine Merhi celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a Whyte Avenue bar after the Oilers won game three of the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday June 10, 2006.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a Whyte Avenue bar after the Oilers won game three of the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday June 10, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a Whyte Avenue bar after the Oilers won game three of the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday June 10, 2006.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a Whyte Avenue bar after the Oilers won game three of the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday June 10, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a Whyte Avenue bar after the Oilers won game three of the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes in Edmonton on Saturday June 10, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a Whyte Avenue bar after the Oilers won game three of the Stanley Cup finals against the Carolina Hurricanes in Edmonton on Saturday June 10, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
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A couple enjoys dinner in a Whyte Avenue restaurant while Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate  the Oilers victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in game three of the Stanley Cup finals in Edmonton on Saturday June 10, 2006.
(CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
A couple enjoys dinner in a Whyte Avenue restaurant while Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate the Oilers victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in game three of the Stanley Cup finals in Edmonton on Saturday June 10, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Oilers fans celbrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alta. after the  Oilers win game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Oilers fans celbrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alta. after the Oilers win game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Oilers fan Tyler Wilson celbrates on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, as the Oilers win game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Oilers fan Tyler Wilson celbrates on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, as the Oilers win game 6 of the Stanley cup playoffs, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Oilers fans celebrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, as Oilers Shaun Horcoff, shown on tv, scores the fourth goal in the third period, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Oilers fans celebrate on Whyte avenue in Edmonton, Alberta, as Oilers Shaun Horcoff, shown on tv, scores the fourth goal in the third period, on Saturday June 17, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Carolyn Buchanan (left) John Tillner (centre) and Katie Hiscks (right) react in a Whyte avenue bar in Edmonton as Oilers win game 5 of the NHL Stanley cup playoffs on Wednesday, June 14, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime.
(CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Carolyn Buchanan (left) John Tillner (centre) and Katie Hiscks (right) react in a Whyte avenue bar in Edmonton as Oilers win game 5 of the NHL Stanley cup playoffs on Wednesday, June 14, 2006. Edmonton beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. (CP PHOTO/Ian Jackson)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a bar on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue on Saturday May 27, 2006 after their team defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anahiem to advance to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a bar on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue on Saturday May 27, 2006 after their team defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anahiem to advance to the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. CP PHOTO/Jason Scott
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Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a bar on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue on Saturday May 27, 2006 after their team defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anahiem to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate in a bar on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue on Saturday May 27, 2006 after their team defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anahiem to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans Jaimie Fleck, left, Darren Lendvay and Brent Lendvay, right, celebrate in a bar on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue on Saturday May 27, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anahiem to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals  (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans Jaimie Fleck, left, Darren Lendvay and Brent Lendvay, right, celebrate in a bar on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue on Saturday May 27, 2006 after the Oilers defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anahiem to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)
Edmonton Oilers fans celebrate on Edmonton's Whyte Avenue, a major street lined with bars, restaurants and boutique shops, following the Oilers third victory against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Tuesday, May 23, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Jason Scott)

The last time city officials came together for some hockey talk was the 2013 season when at the trade deadline the Oilers were in a playoff position, before the floor collapsed.

“A couple of years ago we had that scare when it looked like they were going to get into the playoffs, and it didn’t happen and we brought everybody together,” Davison remembered.

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“But I think things have changed so much over the last three years even that we just look at things differently.”

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The playoffs begin April 12, however it won’t be clear what the Oilers’ schedule will be until closer to puck drop. Tickets will go on sale April 10.

-With files from Global News’ Phil Heidenreich