Why Hockey Players Don’t Want to Live in Edmonton: They're Just Not Tough Enough by The Prof

For fans wondering why time after time, players seem to turn down Edmonton as a hockey destination, The Prof lays it out in a way that may explain a lot. Perhaps we're just not attracting players with a thick enough skin...

The Official Edmonton Temperature Chart Adapted from http://www.canadianaconnection.com/cca/hockey.html

So, we here at the Oilers’ Insider are getting sick of people who say that Edmonton is not a great city to play in. Can you imagine: are there actually people in Edmonton who feel our fine city is not an attractive place for hockey players to move? If so, they just aren’t taking the tough-minded view. Here is a note to all these whiners why moving to Edmonton is actually better for people in the long run.

The following temperature conversion chart offers some insight into why playing and living in Edmonton is both a great personal and career move to toughen you up. Clearly, there is much positive to be said about Edmontonians. We are a hardy lot, as the following temperature conversion chart suggests.

At 50° Fahrenheit (10° C)
Most people turn on their heaters. In Edmonton, we plant gardens.

At 40° Fahrenheit (4.4° C)
Most people wear heavy jackets.
 In Edmonton, we sunbathe.

At 32° Fahrenheit (0° C)
Some cars won't start. In Edmonton, we drive with the convertible top down.

At 0° Fahrenheit (-17.9° C)
Americans stay inside, bundle up around the fireplace, and drink cocoa. In Edmonton, we are happy because our beer stays cold while we BBQ.

At -40° Fahrenheit (-40° C)
Grizzly bears are deep in hibernation. In Edmonton, Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door.

At -100° Fahrenheit (-73° C)
Even Santa won’t fly. In Edmonton, we pull down our ear flaps. The occasional wiener might mutter something like, "Cold, eh?"

At -460° Fahrenheit (-273° C)
This is absolute zero, and all atomic motion stops. In Edmonton, we want to see if urine actually freezes before it hits the ground.

At -500° Fahrenheit (-295° C)
Hell freezes over. We celebreate the Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup.


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