Shawn Horcoff feels your pain, Edmonton. He felt it first-hand for more years than he cares to remember, and admits to still getting the odd long-distance sympathy pang when he hears about how poorly things are still going there. “I don’t follow it day to day, but I talk to those guys lots,” said the former Oilers captain, who’s halfway through his first season with the Dallas Stars. “Thirteen years (in Edmonton) is a long time. It’s always going to feel a little bit like home to me. I feel bad for them. They’re in a tough situation. They’re in a market where the fans are hungry for wins. Now. Deservedly so, after what they’ve gone through the past five, six, seven years. “They don’t want to wait any longer. They don’t want any more draft choices. They’ve heard rebuild for how many years now? They’re ready to win now.” But the Oilers aren’t winning. Plagued by terrible drafting and year after year of stand-pat management, the team remains a bottom-feeder. While most of the issues are ownership and management related, the players are bearing the brunt of the anger. “It’s tough,” said Horcoff. “When they don’t have success (fans) get on the guys, there’s boos on every bad play. Believe it or not, players hear that. It’s not easy on them, it’s a snowball effect.” One thing Horcoff is glad to get away from is having to walk through the club-level bar to get on and off the ice before and after each period at Rexall Place. He says it’s a bad idea that the players hate. It’s also dangerous.
Former Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff understands fans’ impatience
Edmonton Sun | Jan 15