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Oilers name Pat Quinn head coach;Tom Renney joins club as associate coach

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Pat Quinn speaks at today's press conference.


General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have hired Pat Quinn as the club’s new Head Coach. In addition to Quinn, Tambellini also announced Tom Renney has been named Associate Coach and current Oilers Assistant Coach, Kelly Buchberger, will also be on the coaching staff.

Pat Quinn, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, becomes the ninth head coach in franchise history and comes to Edmonton with an extensive coaching resume which includes over 1300 regular season games, 92 playoff games, two Stanley Cup Final appearances and two Jack Adams Awards as the National Hockey League’s Coach-of-the-Year (1979-80 with the Philadelphia Flyers and 1991-92 with the Vancouver Canucks). 

“It is with great pleasure I am able to announce Pat Quinn as the Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers.  I feel very confident this is absolutely the right choice for our hockey club. Today we are announcing a coaching staff that represent the leadership and expertise needed to take this organization forward,” stated Tambellini. 

Quinn began coaching in 1978-79 with the Philadelphia Flyers, leading the Flyers to a second pace finish in the NHL’s Patrick Division. After four seasons with the Flyers, he decided to take time away from hockey to concentrate on earning a law degree from Widener University. In 1984-85, Quinn joined the Los Angeles Kings and was Head Coach for three seasons. During his time with the Kings, he finished his law degree at the University of San Diego.  In 1987, he joined the Vancouver Canucks organization as President and General Manager and took over as Head Coach in the 1990-91 season. He led the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the New York Rangers in the seventh and deciding game. After one more season with the Canucks, he headed east and became Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for seven seasons, leaving the Leafs organization at the conclusion of the 2005-06 NHL season. 

On the international stage, Pat Quinn has enjoyed tremendous success, guiding Team Canada to their first gold medal in 50 years at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also led Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, winning the tournament championship and most recently coached the gold medal winning Canadian Junior team at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa, Ontario. In addition to these accomplishments, he was also Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic team at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy and the 2006 Spengler Cup team in Davos, Switzerland. 

Over a nine-year NHL career, Quinn played 606 games, scoring 18 goals and 113 assists for 131 points, while collecting 950 penalty minutes. He also played 11 NHL playoff games recording one assist and 21 penalty minutes. 

Pat Quinn also has a unique connection to the City of Champions. He was a member of the 1962-63 Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings with former Oilers coach and Hockey Hall of Fame teammate Glenn Sather.

Tom Renney joins the Oilers after five seasons as Head Coach of the New York Rangers. The Cranbrook, British Columbia native began his tenure with the Rangers organization as Director of Player Personnel before being promoted to Vice-President of Player Development in 2002. Renney was appointed Head Coach with 20 games left in the 2003–04 season. He led the Rangers into the postseason in each of his first three campaigns following the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

Renney began his coaching career in 1990-91 with the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers. He guided the Blazers to consecutive President’s Cup championships as WHL champions and captured a Memorial Cup title in 1992. During his two seasons with the Blazers, he compiled a .714 winning percentage (101-37-6), which ranks first in CHL history.

Following his junior coaching career, Renney joined Hockey Canada in 1992, where he began coaching the Canadian National Team. He guided Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Renney continued to represent his country, working on Team Canada's coaching staff at the 2004 (Gold) and 2005 (Silver) World Hockey Championships. In total, Tom Renney has coached in a range of capacities in 10 World Championships, capturing three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Kelly Buchberger is also joining the Pat Quinn led Oilers coaching staff after making his NHL coaching debut in 2008-09 as an Assistant Coach with the Oilers. Prior to joining the Oilers coaching staff, Buchberger spent one season as head coach of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey, guiding the Falcons to a fifth place finish in the AHL’s Atlantic Division with a 35-35-10 record in 2007-08. It was the first time since 1998-99 the Falcons had reached the .500 mark and the 35 win season marked the most victories in a season for Springfield since the Falcons won 35 games in 2001-02. Under Buchberger’s guidance the Falcons showed a 21 point improvement over their record of 28-49-3 in 2006-07.

A veteran of 18 National Hockey League seasons, including 13 seasons with the Oilers, Buchberger began his coaching career in 2004-05, serving as Geoff Ward’s assistant coach with the AHL’s Edmonton Road Runners. He served as the Oilers’ Development Coach in 2006-07.

Through 18 NHL seasons, the Langenburg, Saskatchewan native played 1,182 regular season games in a career that began during the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs with the Oilers and concluded in 2003-04 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored 309 points with 105 goals and 204 assists, while registering 2,297 penalty minutes with Edmonton, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. He added 10-15-25 with 129 penalty minutes in 97 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

After making his NHL debut with the Oilers during the first three games of the 1987 Stanley Cup Final versus Philadelphia, Buchberger would go on to play 795 regular season games in Edmonton before being claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 25, 1999. He ranks 17th on the Oilers all-time scoring list with 82-158-240 and is the team’s career leader in penalty minutes with 1,747.

Buchberger was named the Oilers ninth captain in 1995-96 and served in that capacity for four seasons. He was Edmonton’s ninth round draft pick in 1985 and was a member of the Oilers 1987 and 1990 Stanley Cup championship teams.

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