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Oilers fan holds out hope his Saskatoon yearbook Stanley Cup prediction comes true

Six years ago, William Dmytrow didn’t know what to write for his Saskatoon high school yearbook quote — so he decided to go with “Edmonton Oilers 2024, watch it happen.” 

“I was like, ‘How funny would it be if I predicted my favourite team in the world, the Edmonton Oilers of course, to win the Stanley Cup,'” Dmytrow, who is now a pastor, said.

“I just picked a random date. I was like, ‘Hey 2024,’ and didn’t even think twice about it until about last year when we started to go on a good run.'”

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Host Theresa Kliem speaks with William Dmytrow about his prophetic belief that the Oilers will win the Stanley Cup.

Now, the diehard Oilers fan is holding out hope that the 2018 prediction in his Centennial Collegiate yearbook will come true. 

“I’ve been trying to figure out [why I picked 2024] too, but here’s what I think. I actually think it’s prophetic. I think it’s a prediction. I think it’s real,” Dmytrow said on CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning. 

Edmonton is currently down three games to one against Florida in the Stanley Cup final. The Oilers lost the first three games of the series before thumping the Panthers 8-1 on Saturday. Game 5 is at 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday. 

Two hockey players celebrate.
Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, left, and goalie Stuart Skinner celebrate their Game 4 win over the Florida Panthers in Edmonton on Saturday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup final, but that isn’t deterring Dmytrow’s confidence in his team.

“As a kid, my mood would change based on if they won or if they lost, which probably wasn’t a good thing, but it was. I just remember going through the 2010s, really tough years, getting last place, so many first overall picks, being frustrated,” Dmytrow said.

“But look at us now. I saw the Oilers in their toughest times. Now we’re seeing the Oilers in their best times and they’re just going to win the Stanley Cup this year. I’m confident.” 

Zach Laing, a senior writer for the fan website Oilersnation, said Dmytrow’s prediction would have been bold in 2018.

“In 2018, this is an Oilers team that was just kind of coming off of a good playoff run in 2017. It was the first taste of the playoffs for a lot of the players on the Oilers,”  Laing said.

Laing echoed Dmytrow’s sentiment that the Oilers can do the improbable and win the Stanley Cup, mentioning some of Edmonton’s star players and their power play are due to start producing more after a quiet start to the series.  

“We have a saying here at organization, ‘Hope will never die.’ We’re eternal optimists and always hopeful that the Oilers are going to be able to pull off big wins, whether it’s in a regular season game, in the playoffs or now in the Stanley Cup finals,” Laing said.

“I think if there is a team in the NHL that could be something like this, it would be these Edmonton Oilers.”

Dmytrow joked there’s only one thing that could make this Oilers’ run even more memorable.

“I would love to see Game 6 happen at Rogers [Place], to get some free tickets there to cheer on my Oilers [in Edmonton] would be sweet too, if anybody out there has a plug let me know, ” Dmytrow said. 

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