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"We were very much in alignment with the pace of play we want to play at, how hard you have to compete and allowing players to make sure that they maximize their talents," said Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett about Ken Holland

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Whether it was in Edmonton or Seattle, Dave Tippett and Ken Holland had visions of working together.

That shared vision came to fruition with the Oilers organization after Holland appointed Tippett as the 16th head coach in Oilers franchise history on Tuesday, making the announcement on a podium in the Oilers Hall of Fame Room before reporters.

"It was an interesting process because in actual fact, I was working for Seattle and I had Ken on the mind to bring to Seattle," Tippett told EdmontonOilers.com. 

Video: 1-ON-1 | Dave Tippett

"There's a really funny dynamic that works there. I was monitoring what was going on in the GM world just through my other job in Seattle. Ken's name was front and centre with that and when he took this job here, we crossed him off the list. Then we crossed paths about another week later."

Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson named Holland Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager on May 7. 

"It was an interesting chain of events but I'm happy to be here working with him," added Tippett.

Now that the stars have aligned, the two experienced hockey executives will work as a tandem to see their visions become reality on the ice. The two have already talked at length about what they want to see, and are in agreeance on a number of facets.

"We were very much in alignment with the pace of play we want to play at, how hard you have to compete and allowing players to make sure that they maximize their talents," Tippett, who owns a 553-413-28-120 National Hockey League record behind the bench, said.

Video: EXCLUSIVE | Ken Holland Interview

"Structure is a big part of it," he continued. "Being able to play with the puck as well as without the puck is a big part of being successful in today's game. If you look at the two teams competing in the (Stanley Cup) Finals right now, two sound defensive teams but teams that allow their players to flourish with the puck. 

"Those are all things that I see happening for this organization here."

Tippett last stood as head coach in the 2016-17 season with the Arizona Coyotes, ending the year 30-42-10. The new Oilers Head Coach then served as a Senior Advisor with the Seattle organization, which will enter the League in the '21-22 season.

"I'm well-rested. I've been out for a couple of years and can't wait to get going," said Tippett.

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