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Oilers add Jay Woodcroft and Jim Johnson to Coaching Staff

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Left to Right: Jay Woodcroft, Todd McLellan and Jim Johnson (photo by Getty Images)

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has appointed Jay Woodcroft and Jim Johnson as Assistant Coaches.

Woodcroft, 38, has spent the past seven seasons as an Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks and has served as an Assistant Coach in the National Hockey league for eight seasons.

Prior to joining San Jose, Woodcroft spent three seasons on the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff from 2005-’08, including their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship season.

In eight seasons in the NHL, Woodcroft has been a part of 397 regular season wins, five Western Conference titles, six Division titles, three Presidents’ Trophies and a Stanley Cup championship.

Woodcroft entered the NHL coaching ranks following a six-year minor league playing career. He spent the 2004-05 season in Germany playing for the Stuttgart Wizards and he also spent time with the Corpus Christi Rayz (CHL), Flint Generals (UHL), Anchorage Aces (WCHL), Missouri River Otters (UHL) and Jackson Bandits (ECHL).

The Toronto, Ontario native spent four seasons with the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he was an Academic All-American and graduated with a degree in finance.

Johnson, 52, has spent the last three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks. He has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as the interim Head Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes in 1999-’00.

A 14-year NHL defenceman, Johnson has spent over six seasons as a coach in the NHL. Prior to entering the NHL coaching ranks, he spent time coaching for Switzerland’s HC Lugano. While working with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, he also served as the Head Coach for the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals during the 2009-10 season and as a Development Coach for the Lightning in 2008-09. Johnson also spent three seasons (2000-02) as an Assistant Coach with the U.S. National Junior Team.

A native of New Hope, Minnesota, Johnson had a standout career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent in 1985. Johnson played 829 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Minnesota/Dallas, Washington and Phoenix, posting 195 points (29 goals, 166 assists) and 1197 penalty minutes before suffering a career-ending concussion in 1997.

Johnson also represented the United States at four World Championships (1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990) and one Canada Cup (1992).

He is also a co-founder/partner in flexxCOACH along with several former NHL players and coaches. flexxCOACH delivers online coaching education programs for youth sports coaches.

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