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Kassian recounts a memorable goal celebration with Oilers fan

Published May 16, 2024 at 8:56

Former Oilers right winger Zack Kassian shared an unforgettable moment from 2017 during an episode of Oilers Nation Everyday, capturing a spontaneous celebration with a fan that encapsulated the raw emotion of hockey.

Reflecting on the event, Kassian described how a breakaway led to an unexpected goal and an iconic exchange of sheer joy with a fan.

During his discussion, Kassian vividly recounted the split-second decision that turned into a memorable celebration:

«I got a breakaway and then got lucky because I didn't really have anything to shoot at,» said Zack Kassian when recapping the moment. «It managed to squeak five-hole. I was going pretty fast and had nowhere to go but into the boards. I just remember he stood up with his beer in his hands, celebrating. I kind of blacked out, then just started screaming, and he was screaming, while looking at each other dead in the eyes. It was a pretty cool experience.»

The image of both men, separated only by the glass, simultaneously screaming in victory remains a powerful illustration of the bond between players and fans.

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This moment of connection was further cemented when Kassian later met the same fan during a signing event.

«I didn't really think anything of it, but then I did a signing at Harley Davidson in Edmonton, and I got to meet the guy. He brought the picture, and he was a great guy. Looking back, it was a cool moment.»

Such interactions highlight the unique and personal connections that can form in the world of sports, transcending the usual player-fan dynamic.

Kassian also touched upon the electrifying atmosphere created by Oilers fans, especially during the playoff season. His experience in the playoffs, along with the team's performance, brought out an unprecedented level of support from the fans, which Kassian and his teammates found both surprising and inspiring.

During his tenure with the Oilers, spanning seven seasons, Kassian's impact was significant, peaking in the 2019-2020 season with 15 goals, 19 assists, and 34 points over 59 games, alongside 69 penalty minutes. His story is not just one of personal achievement but also of the deep, resonant connections that define the spirit of the game.
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