Calling all hockey fans: enjoy a free day of hockey film!

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Vintage hockey team: photo courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Few things are as deeply imbedded in the Canadian psyche as hockey. We play it, we follow it, and the game has the power to unite people across generations.  That’s why the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) is happy to announce this year’s theme of their 32nd annual free film event — hockey!

All hockey fans and history buffs are invited to enjoy Light the Lamp: Hockey Heritage with the Provincial Archives of Alberta, on Saturday, April 8 at the Garneau Theatre (8712 109 St NW).

Tune in to the big screen and enjoy watching everything from Oilers interviews to home movies of kids playing “the best game you can name.”

There will be almost a dozen clips, and nearly three hours of entertainment.

Best of all, the event is entirely free!

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Edmonton Flyers at Edmonton Gardens: photo courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Alberta

Who is invited?

Everyone! Film fans will enjoy the vintage quality of the materials, history buffs will recognize landmarks from yester-year, families will enjoy scenes of minor hockey, and Oilers fans are in for a special treat with the screening “The Boys on the Bus” – a classic documentary (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year!) that follows the team throughout the 1986-87 season.


  • 2 p.m to 4 p.m: Clips, chips, and hits – hockey holdings from the PAA
    • Check out hockey-related audiovisual materials directly from the PAA vaults. Showcased content includes footage of the Edmonton Flyers playing in the old Edmonton Gardens, minor hockey clips going back decades, an interview with “Mr. Hockey” himself, Gordie Howe, vintage CFRN and CBC clips, a University of Alberta training film featuring the legendary Clare Drake, and even an conversation with “The Great One” (then only a teenager) soon after he came to Edmonton.
  • 4 p.m to 6 p.m.: The Boys on the Bus
    • Step into the Edmonton Oilers dressing room and experience a behind-the-scenes look at the team of the 1980s as they fight for their third Stanley Cup. This popular and well-loved 90 minute made-for-television documentary features game footage, hilarious stories of team adventure and camaraderie, and candid interviews with Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Dave Semenko, Jari Kurri, Glen Sather, and many others. Relive “the moment in time” that captured the Oilers at the very peak of their dynasty, and share the magic with a new generation.

We hope to see you there, Oilers jerseys and all!

For more information, check out the PAA website or connect with them on Facebook.

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