Last night, the Oil Kings punched their ticket to Shawinigan, Quebec and the MasterCard Memorial Cup with a 4-1 victory over the Portland Winterhawks in game seven of the championship series.
My initial reaction during the game however was simple. Where were all of the fans? I know perfectly well that there was a satisfactory crowd last night and the 12, 514 fans need to be commended, but the capacity of Rexall Place is 16,839 which is 26% less than a sellout.
This was the biggest game ever the Oil Kings could have possibly played. There is no bigger than game seven of a league championship series, but the Edmonton sports fan seemed to have not got the memo.
The Calgary Hitmen meanwhile had a better crowd for two regular season games this season (14,982 fans versus Kootenay on March 17 and 13,100 fans versus Red Deer on March 11). This could have been a very special night for the Oil Kings. It still was, despite the empty seats.