Canada's sporting culture is heavily influenced by our climate and landscape - winter sports are very important in Canada, and many Albertans enjoy mountain sports.
Ice Hockey is known as Canada's favourite sport, even though Lacrosse is the official sport of the country. Ice Hockey games are some of the most popular televised sporting events, especially because many Canadian cities have a National Hockey League (the top hockey league in North America) team, while they have no other international franchises. Canada has won a large number of Olympic medals in both men's and women's ice hockey, and the majority of NHL players are Canadian.
Edmonton's NHL hockey team is the Oilers, a team which is best known for its winning streak in the 1980s, where it was the top team in the NHL for 5 years, winning the most championships of any team in the modern NHL (since 1979). Players from that period, such as Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are still considered Edmonton and Canadian sporting heroes.
Football (Canadian) is another popular sport in Canada. Canadian football is very similar to American football, however the dimensions of the ball and field are slightly different. The football season runs from spring through autumn, and all football games are held in outdoor stadiums. Edmonton has a professional football team, the Edmonton Eskimos, which competes in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the University of Alberta has the men's Golden Bears, the university football team.