Rob Daum, 49, joined the Oilers on August 13, 2007 and fills the vacancy on the staff created when Craig Simpson resigned his position to accept a broadcast position with CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada”. This is not the first time that Daum has worked with fellow Oilers assistant coach Bill Moores, as the former forward played for Moores at the University of Alberta in 1979-80, helping the Golden Bears win a CIS University Cup national championship.
The former head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears, Daum returns to Edmonton after spending the past two seasons as the head coach of the Houston Aeros. In his professional coaching debut, Daum registered a 77-67-16 record with the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate from 2005-06 to 2006-07. He led the Aeros to a second place finish in the AHL’s West Division in 2005-06 with a 50-24-6 mark and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing to the AHL Calder Cup finalist Milwaukee Admirals.
Prior to joining the professional coaching ranks, Daum spent 10 seasons behind the bench at the University of Alberta. From 1995-96 to 2004-05, the Churchbridge, Saskatchewan native compiled one of the most successful records in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) history with an overall record of 345-79-32 (.792) and a Canada West Hockey conference record of 218-37-25 (.823). Twice named the CIS Coach of the Year (2001, 2004), Daum led the Golden Bears to three CIS University Cup national championships (1999, 2000, 2005) and six conference titles.
Daum was a five-time winner of the Canada West Hockey Coach of the Year Award (1999, 2001 to 2004) and led Alberta to the post-season in each of his 10 seasons. He was 50-19 (.725) in the playoffs, including 14-8 (.636) in nine appearances at the CIS University Cup tournament. He ranks among the all-time CIS University Cup leaders in appearances (4th), consecutive appearances (2nd with 9; 1997-2005), games (5th with 22), wins (3rd with 14) and national championships (4th with 3). Daum also coached Team Canada to the bronze medal at the 2003 FISU World University Games in Tarvisio, Italy.
During his tenure at Alberta, Daum coached 22 CIS All-Canadians, 76 CIS Academic All-Canadians, five CIS All-Freshman team members as well as 45 Canada West Hockey all-stars. He guided two Sullivan Trophy winners as the CIS’ player of the year and had four players named the outstanding student-athlete in the nation.
Daum began his coaching career in the Edmonton minor hockey system in 1981-82 and served as head coach of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Saint Albert Saints in 1985-86. He then coached three seasons with the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1986-87 to 1988-89, before moving onto the Western Hockey League.
From 1989-90 to 1994-95, Daum served in the roles of head coach, general manager, assistant general manager and assistant coach with three WHL teams. He was head coach and general manager of the Prince Albert Raiders in 1990-91 and head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes from 1993-94 to 1994-95. With Lethbridge in1994-95, Daum’s assistant coach was Jeff Truitt, who served as the assistant coach with Kelly Buchberger with the AHL Springfield Falcons in 2007-08. As assistant GM and assistant coach with Swift Current, he helped guide the Broncos to the 1993 WHL championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup.
Daum becomes the fourth former Golden Bear to join the Oilers coaching ranks. Clare Drake served as the Oilers’ head coach in 1975-76 during the team’s tenure in the World Hockey Association, while Bill Moores (2000-01 to 2006-07) and Kevin Primeau (1991-92 to 1996-97) have been assistant coaches for Edmonton.
Rob and his wife, Carol, have three children – son, Evan and daughters, Carly and Lauren.