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RELEASE: Oilers hire Jim Playfair as Associate Coach

Playfair, 55, has 10 years of coaching experience in the NHL, most recently serving as an associate coach with the Arizona Coyotes from 2011-17, under Dave Tippett

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

VANCOUVER, BC - The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with Jim Playfair to join the organization as an associate coach on Dave Tippett's coaching staff.

Playfair, 55, has 10 years of coaching experience in the NHL, most recently serving as an associate coach with the Arizona Coyotes from 2011-17, under Tippett.

Prior to his time with the Coyotes, the native of Fort St. James, British Columbia served as head coach with the NHL's Calgary Flames in 2006-07 and an assistant coach with the Flames from 2003-06 as well as 2007-09.

Overall, Playfair has been coaching in professional hockey for 21 years, including serving as head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL), with Abbotsford from 2009-11 and Saint John from 2000-03, leading Saint John to a Calder Cup championship in 2001. He was also head coach with the ECHL's Dayton Bombers from 1993-96, and an assistant coach with the IHL's Michigan K-Wings from 1996-99. 

A defenceman during his playing career, Playfair was originally drafted by Edmonton in the first round, 20th overall, in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. He suited up for two games with the Oilers in 1983-84, posting two points (1G, 1A), two penalty minutes and a +4 plus-minus rating.

Overall, he appeared in 21 NHL games, posting six points (2G, 4A), 51 penalty minutes and a +9 plus-minus rating. Most of his professional career was at the minor league level, appearing in 174 AHL games and 186 International Hockey League (IHL) games before retiring after the 1991-92 season. Playfair played his junior hockey for the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Portland Winter Hawks from 1981-83 and spent time with the WHL's Calgary Wranglers in 1983-84. He captured the WHL Championship with Portland in 1982-83 and reached the Memorial Cup in two consecutive years (1981-82, 1982-83).

He and his wife Roxane have three sons, Dylan, Jackson and Austyn.

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