The new cheer team for the Edmonton Oilers, the Oilers Octane, is introduced for the first time during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rexall Place on December 14, 2010 in Edmonton. // Oilers Octane, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Rexall Place (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The new cheer team for the Edmonton Oilers, the Oilers Octane, is introduced for the first time during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rexall Place on December 14, 2010 in Edmonton.

Not everyone was happy when the Oilers announced plans for a cheer squad: one group of fans organized an online petition that gathered more than 1,500 signatures. But Fans cheered lustily when the 19 women of Oilers Octane, wearing white boots and form-hugging hockey jersey dresses, made their debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Of course, given that Edmonton's on-ice struggles at the time (the team finished dead last in the league in the 2009-10 season, and are second from bottom last year) maybe Oilers fans were just happy to watch something other than the game.

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