Edmonton, AB — The Edmonton Oil Kings will pay tribute to the late Kristians Pelss prior to and during their game Friday, September 27 against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Pelss, also an Edmonton Oilers draft pick, passed away this summer in his home country of Latvia at the age of 20. Over two seasons with the Oil Kings from 2009-2011, Pelss played 126 games and scored 42 goals and 83 points with the team. He also played in 21 career playoff games, racking up 12 points, including 10 in 17 games en route to the 2011-12 WHL Championship. In 2012-13, Pelss played in the Oilers farm system for the Oklahoma City Barons and Stockton Thunder.
The Oil Kings have dedicated the season to Pelss’ memory, adopting the motto “Play for Pelssy.” A patch worn inside their jerseys displays the credo, and Pelss is also honoured with a helmet sticker featuring his number and initials and the Latvian flag.
The Oil Kings will all don Pelss’ number 26 jersey for warm-ups against the Tigers, and those jerseys will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Edmonton Oil Kings Education Fund. There will be a pregame tribute to some of the highlights of Pelss’ time in Edmonton and a moment of silence.
Fans are asked to be in their seats early Friday out of respect for the tribute to our teammate and friend.