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North face of Rexall Place.

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.

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) 13 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.

Commonwealth Stadium from the air.

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. Rexall Place (formerly known as and still often referred to locally as the Northlands Coliseum) is the home of the Edmonton Oilers. 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.

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 4 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.

Starting in the 2006 season, the Edmonton Rush franchise have played in the National Lacrosse League. Home games are at Rexall Place.

Edmonton Oilers fans celebrating on Whyte Avenue during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Edmonton hosted the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the 1983 World University Games (Universiade), the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, and the 2005 World Master Games.[1]

Edmonton also has a circuit on the Champ Car World Series known as the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix Presented by The Brick Champ Car series. This event is the best attended event in the series. The city was also home to the now-deceased World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstar and 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.

Current professional franchises

Club League Venue Established Championships
Edmonton Oilers National Hockey League Rexall Place 1972 5
Edmonton Eskimos Canadian Football League Commonwealth Stadium 1949 13
Edmonton Rush National Lacrosse League Rexall Place 2005 0
Edmonton Capitals Golden Baseball League Telus Field 2005 0
Edmonton Oil Kings Western Hockey League Rexall Place 2007 0




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