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Jeff Truitt named Falcons head coach

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Jeff Truitt was an assistant coach for the Springfield Falcons last season (photo: Springfield Falcons)

The Edmonton Oilers have named Jeff Truitt as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons.

Serving as Kelly Buchberger’s assistant coach with Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate in 2007-08, Truitt helped guide the Falcons to a 35-35-10 record and a 21-point improvement from their 2006-07 record of 28-49-3.

Oilers Vice President of Hockey Operations Kevin Prendergast says “Jeff is the right guy for the job. He has a proven track record in developing young players in both junior hockey and with his work with the Falcons last season. We are going to have a young roster of players with Springfield in the coming season and Jeff’s knowledge and experience will be key to the team’s success.”

This will be Truitt’s first season as a professional head coach, but the 43-year-old native of Rosetown, Saskatchewan has previous experience as a head coach with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. Prior to joining Springfield, Truitt was Kelowna’s head coach from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

In his three seasons as the Rockets’ head coach, Truitt compiled a 113-76-18-9 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record, winning one WHL championship and advancing to the Memorial Cup tournament in 2005. He served as an assistant coach with the Rockets under former Oiler Marc Habscheid from 2000-01 to 2003-04 before being named head coach in 2004-05. During seven seasons on the Rockets coaching staff, Truitt helped guide Kelowna to two Western Hockey League championships (2003, 2005), two WHL regular season titles (2003, 2004), three consecutive trips to the Memorial Cup tournament (2003, 2004, 2005) and one Memorial Cup championship (2004).

Prior to joining Kelowna, he served as an assistant coach with the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes (1994-95 to 1996-97) and was the head coach of the Camrose Kodiaks for their first three seasons (1997-98 to 1999-2000) in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. While with Camrose, he was co-coach of the AJHL All-Star Selects, finishing second at the 2000 Viking Cup tournament.

Truitt also has international coaching experience with Team Canada. He served as video coach for the silver medal winning 2004 Canadian National Junior Team, was an assistant coach with Canada’s gold medal winning Under-18 Team in August 2006 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and was an assistant coach with Canada’s World Under-18 team that placed fourth at the 2007 world tournament in Finland.

JEFF TRUITT COACHING TIMELINE

SEASON    POSITION              TEAM                                LEAGUE
1994-95    Assistant Coach    Lethbridge Hurricanes    WHL
1995-96    Assistant Coach    Lethbridge Hurricanes    WHL
1996-97    Assistant Coach    Lethbridge Hurricanes    WHL
1997-98    Head Coach           Camrose Kodiaks            AJHL
1998-99    Head Coach           Camrose Kodiaks            AJHL
1999-00    Head Coach           Camrose Kodiaks            AJHL
2000-01    Assistant Coach    Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2001-02    Assistant Coach    Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2002-03    Assistant Coach    Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2003-04    Assistant Coach    Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2004-05    Head Coach           Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2005-06    Head Coach           Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2006-07    Head Coach           Kelowna Rockets             WHL
2007-08    Assistant Coach    Springfield Falcons          AHL
2008-09    Head Coach           Springfield Falcons          AHL
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