Stan Weir had a perfectly respectable 642-game stint in the NHL. He began his career in 1972 with the hapless California Golden Seals, then played for Toronto before joining the Edmonton Oilers just as they were starting to dominate. Weir was traded to Colorado during the 1981-82 season, however, so he was never part of the Oilers dynasty that won four Cups in five years in the mid-1980s. But Weir returned to the Oilers, in a manner of speaking, and helped the team win in the 2006 playoffs and beyond.

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His resurrection can be credited to one Allan Mitchell, an ad salesperson with an Edmonton radio station who also ran his own popular Oilers blog called Lowetide (in reference to former player, later general manager, and now team president Kevin Lowe).

Mitchell would post photos of Oilers alumni on his site, and it seemed that whenever he posted a picture of Weir, the Oilers won. Between 2006 and 2008, Mitchell published the Weir photo sixteen times, and the Oilers had a remarkable 12-4 record in those games. The Oil didn’t make it into the 2009 or 2010 playoffs, so Weir’s run ended there. Still, it seems that the hard-working Weir, who had his only two thirty-goal seasons with the Oilers, has had good success as a beacon of superstition for the team. No doubt, once the team returns to the post-season, he’ll be there on Lowetide, smiling the faded smile of an alumnus gone but by no means forgotten.

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