EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Zane Feldman, one of the original owners of the Edmonton Oilers, has died.

The Oilers announced Feldman's death in a release, saying that he battling a severe infection that spread to his bloodstream. He died Saturday in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Feldman, 80, was one of the Oilers owners during their time in the World Hockey Association and was instrumental in getting the Northlands Coliseum constructed.

``It's been a sad season for Oilers tradition,'' said Patrick LaForge, Oilers president and chief executive officer. ``First with the passing of Bill Hunter in December and now with the loss of Zane.

``Edmonton lost a great contributor to its sporting heritage over the weekend, and the Oilers lost a good friend and supporter.''

Hunter was the founder of the Oilers.

The Oilers present the Zane Feldman Trophy annually to the team's most valuable player. Tommy Salo and Todd Marchant were co-winners this season.