General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have named Rick Carriere Senior Director of Player Development.
Carriere, 53, takes over Billy Moores’ responsibilities as the long-time Oiler is retiring from the position at the conclusion of the 2012 Development Camp. Moores will remain with the Oilers as a consultant to the Player Development department.
Steve Tambellini says, “Billy has played an integral role in setting up our Player Development department. We thank him for his tireless dedication and effort over 12 years of service with the Oilers. Billy’s greatest contribution to the growth of the Player Development department is largely due to his vision, which has become the foundation we base our continued pursuit of player excellence. We are extremely excited he has passed the torch on to Rick, who we feel has a similar passion and skill set. Rick will be instrumental in leading this cornerstone piece of our organization forward.”
Carriere previously served as General Manager of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers from 2000 to 2004 and then scouted for the Tigers until 2012.
The Edmonton, AB native was also a Head Coach in the Western Hockey League, as he guided the Red Deer Rebels from 1994 to 1996 and then became the Tigers’ Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations from 1996 to 2000, prior to moving into the General Manager position.
The University of Alberta alumnus, who received his Bachelor of Education, was an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate, St. John Flames from 1992 to 1994.
While attending the U of A, Carriere was on the Bears from 1981 to 1985, where he played for Clare Drake and Billy Moores. After graduating from the U of A, Carriere returned to NAIT and began his coaching career as an assistant coach to Perry Pearn from 1985 to 1989. In 1989/90 he took over the Head Coaching position.
Carriere was most recently a teacher at Vimy Ridge Academy where he taught Social Studies and Physical Education and performed on-ice clinics.
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