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Oilers name Acton as associate coach

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Oilers name Acton as associate coach
Edmonton Oilers name Keith Acton as associate coach.

The Edmonton Oilers on Friday named Keith Acton as an associate coach on the staff of head coach Dallas Eakins. He joins assistants Kelly Buchberger, Steve Smith and Frederic Chabot on Head Coach Dallas Eakins' coaching staff.

Acton has experience with Eakins. Both served as assistants with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2006-08. Acton, in fact, spent a decade as an assistant coach with Toronto, ending his tenure there in 2011. In 2012-13, Acton was an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He has also served as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers (1998-2000) and Philadelphia Flyers (1994-98).

Acton, 55, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens at No. 103 in 1978. He went on to play 1,023 NHL games with the Canadiens, the Minnesota North Stars, Oilers, Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. He was a member of the 1988 Oilers team that won the Stanley Cup.

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