EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have extended the contract of Head Coach Jay Woodcroft through the 2024-25 season, the hockey club announced on Tuesday.
Woodcroft was named the 17th bench boss in franchise history on Feb. 10, 2022, replacing Dave Tippett who was relieved of his duties after two and a half seasons.
After posting a 105-71-21 record as Head Coach of Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, Woodcroft went 26-9-3 in his first 38 games guiding the Oilers -- the second-best record in the NHL over that span.
Under Woodcroft's guidance, the team finished second in the Pacific Division and advanced past the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before bowing out to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final.
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Woodcroft finished tied for 12th in voting for the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year.
The 45-year-old boasts the best points percentage (.724) among active NHL coaches and ranks second all-time among coaches who have appeared in more than five games. Tom Johnson recorded a .738 points percentage in 208 games with the Boston Bruins between 1971 and 1973.
Woodcroft won a Stanley Cup in 2008 as Video Coach of the Detroit Red Wings and helped guide the San Jose Sharks to back-to-back Western Conference Final appearances in 2010 and 2011 as Assistant Coach alongside Head Coach Todd McLellan.