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Stanley Cup Final: Oilers fan’s 2018 yearbook prediction close to coming true

In 2018, William Dmytrow pondered what quote to put in his yearbook. Then — inspiration hit.

“I didn’t really have anything in mind, I just thought it would be awesome to predict that my favourite team in the world — the Edmonton Oilers — to win the Stanley Cup in 2024,” he said.

He wrote “Edmonton Oilers, 2024, watch it happen” in his Centennial College yearbook.

“I just picked a random date. I didn’t even think twice about it.”

A 2018 yearbook photo of William Dmytrow. Courtesy: William Dmytrow

For many years, he didn’t really think about his yearbook quote. But around the time the Edmonton Oilers started a near-historic 16-game win streak, he remembered his prediction from six years ago.

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“That was the time where I said ‘Oh my goodness!’ I put [my grad photo] online right when the Stanley Cup playoffs began — everyone’s got to know that this is happening!”

After the Edmonton Oilers Game 5 victory on Tuesday, Dmytrow’s post began to gain serious traction.

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“I went to check my phone notifications and I have thousands of them. It’s been overwhelming. It’s really exciting.”

Dmytrow is a pastor in Saskatoon. His faith in the team has been a point of conversation.

“People have been asking me, ‘You’re a pastor. You predicted this. Is this prophetic?’ I really don’t think so,” he laughed.

Still, he has faith.

“I’ve believed in the Oilers this whole time. I believed when they were 0-3 against the Florida Panthers.

“I believe in them now and I believe that they will win.”

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The Oilers are looking to become the first team since the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 to come back from a three-nothing deficit to win the Stanley Cup.

They destroyed the Panthers with a 8-1 win during Game 4 last weekend and then on Tuesday during Game 5, secured a  5-3 road win to force a Game 6 back in Edmonton.

Dmytrow is now eagerly awaiting that Friday night home game. He’d love it if his prediction earned the attention of the Oilers.

“They haven’t reached out. But I would love to have tickets to Game 6 [in Edmonton].

“That would be a dream come true.”


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