Oilers fans received sad news last night. Paul Lorieau has died of cancer at the age of 71. Lorieau had been the Oilers national anthem singer from 1981-2011. The former optometrist was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 3, 2013
A Stirring Performance
Lorieau is perhaps best remembered by Oilers fans for his performances of “O Canada” during the 2006 playoffs (see video below).
In a former post on this blog, “realoilfan” did an interview with Lorieau. He asked Lorieau about his favorite time with the Oilers. His response: “Well, the thirty years I was there, 2006 to me stands out. Because we weren’t even supposed to be there. And at the end of the day, we were a period away from being winners. Every game was just an unbelievable event.”
Past Posts on Lorieau
Oil on Whyte has written about Lorieau before. Below are links to two past posts.