Edmonton and Anaheim mayors bet beer, tourism promotions on playoff series

Edmonton and Anaheim mayors bet beer, tourism promotions on playoff series

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson is doubling down on the Oilers.

Fresh off winning a case of San Jose beer from Mayor Sam Liccardo after the Oilers won their playoff series against the Sharks, Iveson has upped the stakes for his next opponent.

Up for grabs against Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait will be a case of beer from Polar Park Brewing versus a case from Anaheim Brewery.

"And we've sweetened the deal for the second round here to include a commitment to host tourism material in our city hall from whichever city is victorious," Iveson told reporters on Wednesday, hours before puck drop for Game 1.

If the Oilers win, Tait will hang a poster from the tourism agency Explore Edmonton in his city hall, encouraging Anaheim residents to visit North America's most northern metropolis.

If the Ducks win, Iveson will hang a poster from Visit Anaheim, that city's tourism agency, in city hall, encouraging Edmontonians to vacation in California.

"We're ready to take on the Oilers," Tait said in a news release. "I'm sure many Edmontonians could use a warm vacation in Anaheim."

With both cities confident in their respective teams, the two mayors tussled on Twitter.

Andrew Ference, former Edmonton Oiler and Polar Park Brewing co-owner, took exception to the City of Anaheim's confidence.

Not to be outdone, Iveson expressed his thoughts as well. "I'm confident I'll win our little wager," he said in a statement. "We're ready to beat the Ducks! Go Oilers!"

The last time the two teams met in the Stanley Cup playoffs was in 2006, when the Oilers beat the Ducks four games to one.