The Elbow staff
EDMONTON, AB – With Rogers Place now open for business, the Oilers are slowly becoming accustomed to the facilities where they hope to celebrate their next Stanley Cup win.
In addition to the amenities found in most NHL arenas, such as a state-of-the-art gym, numerous areas for skate, stick and equipment repair, and multiple video review rooms, Rogers Place features something you won't find anywhere else.
Under the arena is a chapel dedicated to the man many believe will guide them to future glory: Connor McDavid.
Filled with icons of the 19-year-old as far as the eye can see, the chapel's crowning glory is the alter, which cost a reported $5 million. The top of the marble structure has lines of a hockey rink painted on it, and turns into an air hockey board for the cost of a toonie.
The east side of the chapel features a mural of McDavid nailed to the cross, with writing underneath that reads "He was drafted for your sins."
Fans are required to visit the chapel before all home games. Upon entry, they will be given the option of lighting a candle and saying the Saviour's Prayer. The words for the prayer are still being drafted by team owner Daryl Katz, and will be ready in time for the team's first pre-season game.
The chapel will be open every Sunday, regardless of whether or not the Oilers are playing.