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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it.

Frances Lear

Oilers make pre-Christmas rounds with patients, residents

December 09, 2015

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Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson takes time to sign a cast for Irma, a patient at the Misericordia Community Hospital. 

For a few Edmonton Oilers hockey players, a visit to Covenant Health may be their most memorable assist of the year.

The annual pre-Christmas visit helped lift the spirits of patients yesterday at the Misericordia Community Hospital and residents at Villa Caritas.

Oilers’ forwards Rob Klinkhammer, and Jujhar Khaira and defencemen Brandon Davidson and Darnell Nurse took time to visit and chat with patients and residents at both facilities.

“I’m just freaking out here, this is great to see,” said an excited Oilers’ fan and patient Michelle, who was surprised and elated  to see four orange and blue jersey-clad athletes walking through the Misericordia halls.

Players posed for photos and handed our autographed cards and blankets to patients in the Emergency department, the Critical Care Unit, the Intensive Care Unit and the Geriatric Unit.

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From left, Oilers Darnell Nurse, Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Davidson and Jujhar Khaira spread holiday joy to Matthew, a patient at the Misericordia who recently underwent surgery.

“It’s all about lifting people’s spirits,” says Brenda Shim, Volunteer Services. “Having a visitor come to see someone as a patient is very special – it gives people who have been in the hospital a while a connection to the outside community. We need to continue this event with the Oilers organization.” 09 Dec15 Covenanth St Oilersvisit 3

From left, Darnell Nurse with 3-year-old Ethan, his dad Brandon and 1-day-old sister, Arianna, and Jujhar Khaira.

For one Oilers player, the visit was very personal.

“It’s really important for our organization to give back to the community because Edmontonians have supported us through thick and thin,” says Rob Klinkhammer. “I have a grandmother in assisted living in Lethbridge, so this visit means a lot to me and anything we can do to brighten people’s day in this holiday season, we’re happy to do.”