Paul Lorieau cranking one out in '84. Photo courtesy

Paul Lorieau Sings Tonight For Final Time

Ladies, gentlemen.  Lend me your ears for two minutes.

Tonight is the final ride of Paul Lorieau.  You’ll know Lorieau as the iconic voice before Oiler games begin, belting out The Star Spangled Banner and O Canada.

You’ll likely remember in 2006 when he stopped singing after the first stanza of O Canada and let the crowd take over. In case you forgot, please allow me to refresh your memory.

Boy, that was a lot of fun.  Maybe in five years, we’ll get to do that again.

Ahem. Today is Paul Lorieau’s last ride.  He’s hanging up the mic, at least for the Edmonton Oilers after thirty years of service.  And tonight, he’s going to let you guys sing it one more time.

So make it big.  Sing like it’s 2006 all over again.  Sing like we’re on the cusp of a Stanley Cup victory.  Lorieau is a great guy, and he deserves a proper send off.  I know just the crowd who can help.  So sing loud, and sing proud.  We might even have a game of it with Dubnyk starting between the pipes.

You know what? For no other reason than I can, here’s Fernando Pisani in 2006. It has nothing to do with Paul Lorieau, but it sure was a helluva time.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS!

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