Sport in Edmonton
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Edmonton was home to the Edmonton Grads, a women's basketball team with the best win-loss record of any North American team to date. The Grads defeated most American, European and Olympic challengers and compiled a record of 502 wins vs. 20 losses over 25 years, from 1915 until they disbanded in 1940 at the outbreak of the Second World War.
|Number of teams||4 (2 active)|
|Number of venues||4|
|Number of championships||19|
|First team||Edmonton Eskimos (1949)|
|Number of teams||11 (0 active)|
|Number of venues||7|
|Number of championships||11|
|First team||Edmonton Legislatures (1884)|
|University||University of Alberta, MacEwan University|
Edmonton has an outdour velodrome called the Argyll Velodrome.
Commonwealth Stadium is home to the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. The Eskimos hold the North American pro sports record for most consecutive playoff appearances (34 consecutive seasons) and have won the Grey Cup (the CFL championship trophy) 14 times since 1921. They are one of only four teams to win the Grey Cup after finishing third in their division in the regular season (the others being the B.C. Lions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes). In addition to the Eskimos, Edmonton is host to two Canadian Junior Football League teams: the Edmonton Huskies and the Edmonton Wildcats. Commonwealth Stadium also played host to some of the games in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Edmonton Oilers, originally one of the founding franchises of the World Hockey Association, joined the National Hockey League in 1979. They quickly became one of the best teams in the league, winning five Stanley Cup Championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990. Wayne Gretzky, considered by many to be the greatest hockey player ever, played with the Edmonton Oilers from 1979 to 1988. The Edmonton Oilers fell in the Stanley Cup Finals playing the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games in the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. Despite losing, they were the first eighth-seeded team to make it that far, and nearly came back to win from deficits of 2–0 and 3–1 in the series. Rogers Place has been the home of the Edmonton Oilers since 2016.
Edmonton's involvement in hockey is not limited to the Edmonton Oilers. Several big-time NHL names come from Edmonton and the surrounding area, such as Mike Comrie, Jarome Iginla, Ray Whitney and Fernando Pisani. Edmonton was granted a WHL expansion team, the Edmonton Oil Kings, which began playing in the 2007–2008 season.
Edmonton has the longest baseball history in Canada. It started with the Edmonton Legislatures in 1880 to 1907. Next came the Edmonton Grays from 1907–09, the Edmonton Eskimos 1910–1911, Edmonton Gray Birds 1910–12, back to Eskimos until 1953. 27 years later in 1980 the Edmonton Trappers were formed, a Triple A team just one step below the majors playing at Telus Field. They were the most successful team in Canada, winning four titles, most recently in 2002 under the affiliation of the Minnesota Twins, and in having a high minor league attendance averaging 8000 and 10,000 on Canada Day at Telus Field. The team moved to the Austin, Texas, suburb of Round Rock, becoming the Round Rock Express. From 2005 to 2007, the Edmonton Cracker-Cats played in the independent Northern League. The team switched to the Golden Baseball League in 2008 and changed its name to the Edmonton Capitals. The Capitals moved to the North American League when the Golden League merged into the new league before the 2011 season. The team suspended operations in February 2012, leaving Edmonton without pro ball for the first time since 1980.
From 2005 to 2012 Edmonton also had a circuit on the Indy Car Series known as the Edmonton Indy. This event was the best-attended event in the series. The city was also home to the late World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) former World Heavyweight Champion, Chris Benoit.
From August 31 to September 17, 2006, Edmonton hosted the Women's Rugby World Cup with 12 international teams taking part for the title.
Baseball in Edmonton dates back to 1884 when the Edmonton Legislatures came to play. 27 years later in 1907 the team changed its name to the Edmonton Grays until 1909, the name had become the Edmonton Eskimos for two years. Then in 1912, they changed to the Edmonton Gray Birds for only two years. The team would change its name for the last time, back to the Eskimos for almost 35 years. Alongside the Eskimos were the Edmonton Drakes, Lloydminster Meridians, Edmonton Cubs, Edmonton Navy Cardinals Edmonton Dodgers and the Edmonton Oilers team which existed in 1964.
Triple-A baseball came to Edmonton in 1980 as the Edmonton Trappers, playing at John Ducey Park. The Trappers became the first Canadian AAA franchise to win a pennant in 1984. They would go on and win three more titles with the most recent being in 2002 when they defeated Salt Lake City.
In 2003, the team was sold and moved to Texas. The owners were losing money even though the Trappers were doing well in attendance. Though all of the stadiums in the league were bigger than Telus Field, the Trappers would finish 10 out of the 16 teams in attendance.
The Trappers were affiliated with a total of six different Major teams. The first was the Chicago White Sox, then the Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, and the Montreal Expos were the Trappers last parent club before the two teams moved together in the same year.
The Trappers also played their Major League affiliates twice in Edmonton. First the Angels played the Trappers at Commonwealth Stadium. The Athletics were the second team to play the Trappers. The A's won by a score of 9–7.
Many MLB players played with the Trappers. These players included Miguel Tejada, Randy Knorr, Jason Giambi and many others. The Trappers went on to send over 500 players to the MLB. A lot of the players who played for the team recently are in the Minors either playing with the New Orleans Zephers, the Harisburgh Senators or with another club.
As a reminder of Edmonton's baseball history, a giant metal baseball bat was erected near downtown and is the largest in the world.
Edmonton is also known for producing many ball players. Many young prospects are currently in the minors.
Current notable sports teamsEdit
|Edmonton Eskimos||Canadian football||Canadian Football League||Commonwealth Stadium||1949||14|
|Edmonton Oilers||Ice hockey||National Hockey League||Rogers Place||1972||5|
|FC Edmonton||Soccer||Canadian Premier League||Clarke Stadium||2011||0|
|Edmonton Huskies||Canadian football||Canadian Junior Football League||Clarke Stadium||1947||5|
|Edmonton Wildcats||Canadian football||Canadian Junior Football League||Clarke Stadium||1948||3|
|Edmonton Prospects||Baseball||Western Major Baseball League||RE/MAX Field||2005||0|
|Edmonton Drillers||Indoor soccer||Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League||Servus Credit Union Place (St. Albert)||2006||3|
|Edmonton Oil Kings||Ice hockey||Western Hockey League||Rogers Place||2007||2|