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OSU football: Chuba Hubbard has happy homecoming in return to Edmonton

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard went back north of the border to enjoy some time off prior to the Cowboys’ arrival in Houston for their bowl game Saturday.

And Canada’s Cowboy got quite a homecoming welcome.

Hubbard, who grew up in the Edmonton, Alberta, suburb of Sherwood Park, was invited to be a guest of honor at the Edmonton Oilers game against Pittsburgh Friday night.

He dropped the ceremonial puck prior to the game, wearing a navy and orange Oilers jersey with No. 30 and “Hubbard” on the back, getting a huge ovation from the crowd. He met with players. And he did interviews with local media about his special season as one of the top college football players in the United States.

“I keep saying it’s crazy,” Hubbard said. “I never would have pictured myself being in this situation. Obviously I dreamed of it and stuff like that, but it’s just a blessing to be here.

“I’ve watched plenty of Oilers games, but I’ve never gotten the chance to actually (attend) one.”

It was a quick trip home, however. Hubbard arrived in Edmonton Thursday and left Saturday, reporting to Houston with the rest of his team to begin on-site preparations for the Texas Bowl against Texas A&M on Friday at NRG Stadium.

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›