EDMONTON â€” Dentist Dr. Alex Pavlenko is providing a unique way for Edmonton Oilers fans to show off their love of the hockey team, with porcelain crowns featuring the Oilers’ logo.
â€œYou crack a tooth in half, or part of it come off, or anything could happen, right?â€ Pavlenko said with a laugh. â€œThis is a good solution to make it memorable for you.â€
The tiny logo on the crown is hand-painted under a microscope at a lab located in Calgary.
The dentist told CTV Edmonton the special crown is only available for patients who need it, and he wonâ€™t place a crown on a healthy tooth.
Lisa Dureault was in Pavlenkoâ€™s office Friday, and said she hopes sheâ€™ll be one of the first to get one.
â€œI do need one up here so letâ€™s hope,â€ Dureault said, pointing to her top teeth.
She already has a crown with a diamond in it, and she loves the idea of the Oilers logo.
â€œItâ€™s a permanent way to show your support long-term,â€ Dureault said.
For Pavlenko, his love of the team goes back to the 1980s when he lived in Ukraine. Back then, he said getting to watch Wayne Gretzky and the Oilers play wasnâ€™t easy.
â€œBecause that time (it) was former Soviet Union, but we kind of snuck around and we could see some glance of real NHL hockey spirit, so we were like â€˜wow!â€™ â€ Pavlenko said. â€œAnd the Oilers (had a) winning streak for so many years in a row.â€
He’s now hoping his favourite team goes on to be crowned Stanley Cup champions.
â€œItâ€™s not about business; itâ€™s about spirit, about fan craziness.â€
The Canadian Press