The Elbow staff
EDMONTON, AB – Lifelong Oilers fan, Randy Atkinson was overcome with relief on Sunday, after finding out that his favourite paper bag still fit his head as snugly as it did the last time he wore it.
Descending from his attic, the 36-year-old proudly showed off the headwear to his adoring family for the first time since February 2016.
"I packed this away last summer," he said. "I didn't think I'd need it for at least a few years, but it's great to be reunited once again. It fits perfectly."
"It's so nice to feel like a real Edmonton fan again. I never got used to leaving the bag at home when I went to games over the past year."
Atkinson's wife, Mary, said it was nice to see her husband wearing the bag once again.
"I barely recognized him without it," she told The Elbow. "It really felt like there was something missing over the past 12 months."
"I'm sure the real Randy is back to stay for quite a long time."
According to reports, Atkinson rushed out early on Monday morning to buy two smaller paper bags for his sons in time for Wednesday's home game against Philadelphia.
"I'm so happy to be able to pass down this tradition to my sons while they're still young. They're excited to use their favourite markers to decorate with, and I'll teach them all the swear words to write on theirs."
"This is not something my dad and I were able to do when I was growing up in the 80's, and I feel as if I missed out on a huge part of what it means to be an Oilers fan when I was a kid."