‘Tis the season for charity hockey events I suppose. No stranger are current, former and potential Oklahoma City Barons to lending a helping hand to the communities with which they reside. Three players from the Oilers farm have popped up in the news lately for all the right reasons. First it was Taylor Chorney, who played in a semi-star-studded NHL charity event at Cottage Grove. Then it was Alex Plante returning to his native roots of Brandon to play in a local celebrity softball game. Finally, Chris VandeVelde extended a hand in the Cully’s Kid’s Celebrity golf tournament in Moorehead over the weekend. Ironically, all three of these players (and fantastic do-gooders) ended their official contracts with the Oilers club this last season. Chorney, of course, has moved on to the Blues/Rivermen organization to add some depth to their blue-line. And while we’ve not heard anything official from the Alex Plante camp, it seems that CVV is highly expectant of another Oilers-sized offer.
In an article posted on their website, WDAY News in Fargo, ND had a quick chat with Chris VandeVelde regarding the charity work he does as well as his future with the NHL Oilers.
Here is what that article had to say:
If you ask Moorhead native Chris VandeVelde how important the up-coming season is? He’ll give you the honest answer, it’s the most important season season of his career.
VandeVelde was one of several NHL players to take part in the Cully’s Kids celebrity golf event over the weekend.
The former UND standout is entering his 3rd year as a pro. Last season, he netted his first career NHL goal while playing five games with Edmonton.
He also helped lead the team’s AHL affiliate on a deep playoff run, but knows this is a big year.
VandeVelde is a restricted free agent, but says he expects a contract offer from Edmonton within the next month or two.
Huge congratulatory “well done” to Chris for continuing his legacy of community service, but note the determination with which he anticipates an Oilers offer. Albeit not a direct quote, and certainly not a solid answer, but expecting a contract offer in the next month or two is an indication that Double V’s isn’t done in the blue and orange quite yet. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking. Perhaps VandeVelde anticipated the “reporters” questioning. Either way, there is at least a glimmer of hope (if you enjoy Chris) that we might see the former U of North Dakota alum back in a city with an Oilers tie.