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Hockey fans react to Edmonton Oilers jersey getting tossed on the ice in protest (VIDEO)

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Rob Williams Feb 06, 2019 11:32 am

An old Oilers tradition was brought back to life at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

During an epic third period collapse on home ice which saw the Oilers give up five goals to the Chicago Blackhawks in under nine minutes, one fan had seen enough.

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The team quit on him, so he quit on the Oilers by marching down to the glass and tossing his jersey on the ice.

It’s a protest Oilers fans became accustomed to during the tail-end of their 10-year streak of missing the playoffs, but the first time we’ve seen it happen in the Connor McDavid era.

Sweaters used to litter the ice with such frequency that Ben Scrivens once threw a jersey back into the crowd in 2014.

After making the playoffs in 2017, the Oilers didn’t come close to the postseason in 2018, and are currently three points back of the playoff bar. It’s an unacceptable position for the franchise to be, given they’ve been rebuilding for more than a decade.

Edmonton had a 2-1 lead heading into the third period but wound up losing 6-2 with one of the goals scored by former Oiler Drake Caggiula, who was traded in December, just to add salt to the wound.

Naturally, the reaction on Twitter was a mixture of anger from Oilers fans and snickering from the rest of the hockey world.

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