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RELEASE: Oilers name Dave Tippett head coach

Tippett becomes 16th coach in Oilers history

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers announced today the hiring of Dave Tippett as the 16th head coach in Oilers franchise history. 

Tippett, 57, has been a head coach in the NHL for 14 seasons (2002-04, 2005-17), with Dallas and Phoenix/Arizona, posting a career record of 553-413-28-120 in 1,114 games. The native of Moosomin, Saskatchewan also served as an assistant coach in Los Angeles from 1999-2002. Prior to joining the Oilers, Tippett was serving as a senior advisor for Seattle's NHL team.

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"Dave brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization," said General Manager and Oilers President of Hockey Operations Ken Holland. "He is a great communicator and has consistently led teams known for their level of compete. I look forward to seeing Dave guide the Oilers this fall and we are all excited to have him on board."

Over eight years as head coach in Arizona, Tippett had a 282-257-78 record over 620 games. He led the Coyotes to three playoff appearances and won the Jack Adams Award in 2010, presented to the NHL's top coach. 

Prior to joining Arizona, Tippett spent six seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars, posting a record of 271-162-59. Under Tippett's leadership, the Stars won two Pacific Division titles (2002-03, 2005-06), made the playoffs in five out of six seasons and advanced to the 2008 Western Conference Finals. 

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As a player, Tippett appeared in 721 NHL games over 11 seasons with Hartford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. A forward, he registered 262 regular season points (93G, 169A) with 317 penalty minutes. He also appeared in the playoffs eight times, posting 22 points (6G, 16A) in 62 games. 

Internationally, Tippett represented Canada at two Olympic Games (1984, 1992), winning a silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. 

Tippett was also a member of Canada's coaching staff at three world championships, as a head coach in 2014 and an assistant coach in 2009 and 2013, winning a silver medal in 2009.

He and his wife Wendy have two daughters, Nicole and Natalie, along with three grandchildren. 

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