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Edmonton Oilers Orange & Blue Crew Auditions

 

2019-20 Orange & Blue Ice CrewWhat does the Orange & Blue Ice Crew do?

The Orange & Blue Ice Crew is a co-ed interactive group that represents the Edmonton Oilers organization at games, events, and appearances throughout the community. The role is primarily responsible for making sure our fans have the best experience possible and create “I Remember” moments for them! At games, the team assists with in-bowl activities, contests, and promotions (t-shirt tosses, prize giveaways, etc.), and on-ice they are responsible for skating to remove snow build-up during television timeouts.

Do I need to know how to skate?

Not all members of the Orange and Blue Ice Crew will be required to be on the ice, as this team is also responsible for off-ice activations throughout Rogers Place and the surrounding community. Applicants need not be professionally trained (hockey, figure, etc.), but a strong skating ability allows us the flexibility to have you in skating and non-skating roles and will be considered a strong asset.Please note: Orange & Blue Ice Crew members are required to wear hockey skates when performing duties on ice. So, those accustomed to wearing figure skates are strongly encouraged to practice adjusting to hockey skates before the auditions.

I’m a guy…is this job just for girls?

Absolutely not! The team is co-ed (guys and girls). Our guys perform most of the same duties as our girls along with managing Hunter’s busy schedule during games.

Is being a member of the Orange & Blue Ice Crew a full-time job? What is the time commitment?

Being a member of the Orange and Blue Ice Crew is not a full-time job. Orange & Blue Ice Crew members should plan for 12-25 hours of work per week on average. We like our members to have a flexible schedule and be committed to being available for nearly ALL home games and 75% of the events and community appearances. Orange & Blue Ice Crew are expected to be at the arena fully game ready a minimum of 2.5 hours prior to puck drop (not all members work every game). Hours will vary based on the Edmonton Oilers event and hockey schedule. Most Orange & Blue Ice Crew members attend college and/or have additional full-time or part-time jobs.

Do Orange & Blue Ice Crew members get paid?

Yes. This is not only a fun team to be a part of but also a paying part-time job! Orange & Blue Ice Crew members are paid an hourly rate for all games, events and community appearances worked.

Does the Orange & Blue Ice Crew travel with the team?

No. Orange & Blue Ice Crew members only work home games and events in the greater Edmonton area. From time-to-time, additional travel-related opportunities do come up in other parts of Alberta.

Do Orange & Blue Ice Crew members get to meet/hang out with the team/players?

Absolutely not. As with most professional teams across the various leagues there are very strict rules and regulations prohibiting fraternization with the team, players, coaches, and officials. There is a zero tolerance policy in place.

Where and when are the Orange & Blue Ice Crew auditions being held?

Auditions will be held at Rogers Place on Saturday, August 10th. Registration will open at 8AM. Please enter via the Ford Hall gates.

How old do I have to be to attend the auditions?

You must be at least 18 years of age as of September 1, 2019

What happens at the auditions?

Our auditions are interactive and fun! This is your chance to show us your personality, athleticism and enthusiasm for the role. You will be taking part in a variety of off-ice interactive tasks, icebreakers and improv activities! After which the skating assessments will take place in the Downtown Community Arena featuring skill testing and skating circuits to best showcase your skating abilities. Any hopefuls moving forward to the interviews on Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th will be informed on Monday, August 12.

What makes a good Orange & Blue Ice Crew member? What is the hiring committee looking for?

The hiring team is looking for new members who encompass all of the following traits.An outgoing personality, great energy and positive attitude. We are looking for you to showcase your individual personality and carry that enthusiasm for the Oilers out to the thousands of fans in attendance each night.With both on-ice and off-ice shifts strong teamwork and communication skills are necessary for fan interaction, mascot handling and community events. You will always be working with different team members.Professionalism, poise and a consistent work ethic are essential in our fast-paced, ever-changing, live entertainment environment.Confidence on-camera and on-ice in front of 18,000+ fans.Reliable: Not only is punctuality key but Orange and Blue Ice Crew members receive instructions and are trusted to complete tasks independently. The ability to troubleshoot situations and make changes on the fly are essential to your role. We also require all our members to work 60% of the games along with picking up event shifts throughout the season.Approachable: Greeting fans upon arrival to Rogers Place is a very important part of your role. You should feel comfortable initiating conversation, taking part in and explaining interactive contests to fans.

What should I wear to the auditions?

Both guys and girls should come in fitted, comfortable, athletic-style apparel such as shorts, t-shirt, tank top, and athletic footwear. Put your best face forward!Check out the current uniform HERE.
How should I wear my hair and makeup for the auditions?

Since hair and makeup as well as a consistently groomed appearance are an essential part of this role we ask that the guys have their hair styled and if not clean-shaven, have “groomed” facial hair. As if going out for a night on the town with their friends! Girls are highly encouraged to arrive to auditions with full makeup and styled hair – think “girls night out”! Hair should be worn loose and styled, no elastics and not hiding your face. No hats are allowed during the auditions. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR PICTURE WILL BE TAKEN DURING REGISTRATION.

What do I need to bring to the auditions?

  • Water, drinks, and snacks
  • Personal items you may need (makeup, brush, etc.)
  • Skates for on-ice auditions (only if you are participating in this portion)
  • Sweaters or jackets to wear while waiting as the arena can get quite cold

Can I bring friends and family to watch the auditions?

No. Auditions will be closed to public viewing.
 
What should I do to prepare for auditions?
  • Complete the online application form and RSVP online for the auditions
  • Complete and submit the WAIVER online before the auditions
  • Have confidence and be prepared to show us why your energy, commitment and positivity is needed on our team!

Do I have to RSVP online?

It is strongly encouraged that you RSVP online. Walk-ups will be allowed to audition, although in the event that we reach maximum capacity for the auditions, those who have submitted an RSVP online will be given priority to participate…CLICK HERE to Apply and RSVP online.

2012-13 Octane!

The Edmonton Oilers have finally updated their website with information on the Octane dance team. Click here to learn all about this year’s team!

SI.com: NHL Ice Crews

This week, Sports Illustrated has photos from just about every team that has Ice Girls: the Ducks, Bruins, Flames, Storm, Blackhawks, Bluejackets, Stars, Oilers, Kings, Panthers, Predators, Islanders, Flyers, Penguins, and Lightning. Click here to go there now.

2011-12 Octane

Their inaugural season must have been a success because the Edmonton Oilers ice crew is back! Click here to learn more about the team.

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NHL Ice Girls Gallery

NBC Sports has lots of photos of NHL Ice Girls on the ice this season. The gallery includes ice crews from the Blackhawks, Ducks, Flyers, Hurricanes, Islanders, Kings, Lightning, Oilers, Penguins, Predators, Stars, and Thrashers. (Mostly the Islanders Ice Girls and Thrashers Blue Crew.) Click here to check it out.

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Video: Edmonton Oilers Octane

Oiler cheerleaders heat things up

By Andrew Hanon, QMI Agency
Toronto Sun
December 15, 2010

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The usher at Rexall Place rolled her eyes and replied to my question with a wry grin, “I have to toe the line here, so yes, I think cheerleaders are a good idea.”

In a small way, the Edmonton Oilers made hockey history by becoming the first Canadian NHL team to have its own cheerleading squad. The Oilers Octane were introduced to the sold-out crowd at Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

While they roared their approval when the 19 women walked onto the ice during a first-period intermission, some hockey fans were puzzled by the concept.

“It’s wrong,” said Ryan Singh. “Cheerleading is for football. Our crowds are rowdy enough, we don’t need someone telling us when to cheer.”

nikkiHe’s not alone. An online petition, calling the idea of an Oilers cheer team demeaning to women and an affront to the game, gathered more than 1,500 signatures.

But cheer squads are already standard fare south of the border. Only one of the 24 American NHL teams doesn’t have one.

Videos on the Predators’ website show nubile women on special non-slip shoes on the ice in Nashville, while the Atlanta Thrashers’ site shows their cheer team practising skating moves.

“But teams in places like that probably need that just to draw people,” said Oiler fan Mike Simms.

His son Denon chimed in. “I don’t think they should be on the ice, but I like ’em!”
Oilers vice-president Allan Watt assured fans that Octane won’t perform while the game is on.

“They’ll be mostly in the entrances and exits,” he said. “They’ll be interacting with fans and doing some of their routines in the concourses.”

He added that a big part of their role will be as “ambassadors” for the team at events around Oil Country.

“They can also help us do any number of commercial and sponsorship functions that our partners unveil, and also any charity events that make sense for us at all.”

Octane member Nikki said she’s a huge Oilers fan, so getting to cheer for them is a dream come true.

The fourth-year psychology student at the University of Alberta said she heard about Octane when she logged onto the Oilers website in October to listen to a game and saw the call for applicants.

“It’s such an exciting thing to be part of,” she said. “We’ve been practising hard and now I’m looking forward to our debut.”

A lot of fans were looking forward to it, as well.

One guy, who didn’t want his name used, said Tuesday’s tilt was his first NHL game.

His buddy laughed and said, “He sent me a message: ‘We gotta get tickets. There’ll be cheerleaders!’ ”

Watt hopes all fans will keep an open mind about Octane.

“Hockey in Canada is generally a conservative place,” he said. “I certainly understand the interest and understand the hesitancy in some cases, but when we roll them out that’s the time to decide and have an opinion about them.”

To see more about the cheer team, go to www.oilersoctane.com

Oilers Octane Debut at Rexall Place

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The Edmonton Oilers announced today the launch of the first-ever Canadian NHL Cheer Team called the Oilers Octane. The Oilers Octane consists of 19 women aged 18-29 who competed with over 100 talented dancers to earn a spot on Octane, to meet the team visit www.oilersoctane.com.

In addition to performing at Oilers home games, helping with promotions and interacting with fans, the Cheer Team will soon begin participating in charity fund raising and special events throughout Oil Country acting as ambassadors for Edmonton and your Oilers Hockey Club.

After Oilers’ backlash, cheerleaders defend their place in NHL

By Sean Leahy
Yahoo Sports
October 31, 2010

Earlier this month, the Edmonton Oilers announced that they would be the 24th NHL team and the first Canadian club to add a Cheer Team to their in-game entertainment at Rexall Place. “This is another example of the Oilers responding to the wishes of our valued customers,” said Oilers President and CEO Patrick LaForge.

Of course, this announcement was met with disdain as some fans, both male and female, voiced their displeasure at the decision. An online petition was set up in response and currently has just close to 1,400 e-signatures.

There seems to be no middle ground when discussing Ice Girls and cheerleaders inside your local arena. You’re either against them because you feel they distract from the action on the ice and have no place in hockey, or you’re for them because you believe they add something to your game experience after you’ve shelled out $40-50 for a ticket.

The debate over Ice Girls and Cheer Teams has involved only the voices of fans. We wanted to hear from the ladies in question, so last week we reached out to Maggie and Lauren, two members of the Carolina Hurricanes’ “Storm Squad,” to have them defend presence of cheerleaders inside NHL arenas.

“I think the biggest difference about our situation as opposed to the upcoming Oilers [cheer team] is our necessity to grab an interest in hockey in our community,” said Maggie. “We live in a southern state where football has reigned for years. The ‘Storm Squad’ became a marketing resource used by the organization to get the word out about hockey in the Carolinas.”

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Fans thinking they’re there just during games is one of the biggest misconceptions noted by both ladies, considering the amount of off-the-ice marketing done to help the Hurricanes.

“Hockey fans might only see what we do in the RBC Center during games, but we’re extremely active outside the arena, 12 months a year — making appearances at charity events, spending time with younger Canes fans, getting folks excited for the upcoming All-Star Game and even helping the team reach out to the corporate community,” said Lauren.

“Each member of the squad is required to do yearly volunteer events such as promoting Blood Drives, walks for different causes and school visits,” said Maggie. “Being that our job is in promotions and fan development, that’s exactly what we strive to do: build a bigger fan base and provide a more enjoyable experience for our current and future fans.”

As we noted earlier, Edmonton will become the 24th NHL team to feature cheerleaders, a sign that cheer teams won’t be going away and will continue to be a main point of your in-arena game experience. In Carolina, the “Storm Squad” has been around for a decade and over time they’ve made an impact on the fan base.

“I think you could ask just about any Caniac how they feel about the Storm Squad, and you’ll find that we often make a fan’s day, whether it’s through interaction on the concourse with fans of all ages, before the game family-friendly promotions, or slinging T-shirts into the crowd,” said Lauren.

The RBC Center is known as one of the loudest rinks in the league and according to Maggie, the presence of the “Storm Squad” has helped the team reach that achievement.

“Getting the crowd involved is important to motivate the Canes on the ice, and being the ‘Loudest House in the NHL’ we have tried our best to achieve just that.”

Edmonton Oilers to Get Cheerleaders

By Pamela Roth
Edmonton Sun

They won’t be waving around pom-poms or tossing each other up in the air, but the Edmonton Oilers are getting set to entertain fans in a new way with the first Canadian cheerleading team in the NHL.

The Oilers recently announced they will be hosting auditions for a cheer team at the end of the month. The cheerleaders will make their big debut during a home game later this year.

According to Patrick LaForge, Oilers President and CEO, there are 23 teams in the NHL that already have cheer teams entertaining fans in the stands when the puck isn’t in motion.

Oilers want to start a cheer squad like the Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad.

Oilers want to start a cheer squad like the Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad.

After attending several American NHL games that had cheerleaders in the stands, LaForge said the Oilers wanted to create a cheer team of their own to enhance the entertainment.

“They are not football cheerleaders with pom-poms and things like that. They kind of orchestrate when to get up, dance and get excited,” said LaForge, who also received requests from fans to have a cheer team. “I think fans will be intrigued. They will add spice to the evening.”

Since there are no sidelines for a cheerleader to perform at a hockey game, LaForge said the dancers will be located in the concourse areas and select locations in the upper bowl.

The cheerleaders will perform during all home games, travel locally and participate in community events. They will also sign autographs and pose for pictures at the games.

An Edmonton Oilers Cheer Team Calendar will also be launched during the holiday season.

In order to become a cheerleader, the Oilers state on their website there are no height and weight requirements, but they are looking for “athletic girls in good physical condition.”

Cheer, dance and gymnastic experience is also helpful, but not required.

Some Canadian teams already have ice girls who wear tight pants and a revealing top to push shovels and clean up the snow created by players during the game.

LaForge said the cheer team will be much different than the ice girls and will provide not only a unique experience for the fans, but also for the girls themselves.

“I think being a cheer person to the Oilers will be special,” he said. “If the girls stay with us, they will be known as celebrities and they will be appreciated.”

An information session will be held Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Telus Field.

Preliminary auditions will take place Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the World Health Club Gateway location and continue Oct. 30.

For more information visit www.edmontonoilers.com/cheer.