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General Manager and President of Hockey Operations

Ken Holland, 63, was named President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Oilers on May 7, 2019.

Holland ranks sixth all-time with 925 regular season wins as an NHL general manager, 28 behind Cliff Fletcher.

He needs only 12 games to become the 11th general manager in NHL history to reach 1,700 career regular-season games. 

Holland joined the Oilers after serving as general manager of the Detroit Red Wings for 22 seasons, capturing four Presidents Trophies (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008), 10 division championships (1991, 2001-2004, 2006-2009, 2011), five regular season conference titles (2002, 2004, 2006-08) and reaching 100 regular season points in 13 of his last 18 seasons.

A native of Vernon, BC, Holland helped the Red Wings capture four Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008), the most recent three while serving as general manager.

Over his time as general manager with the Red Wings, Holland guided the team to more combined regular-season and post-season wins (1,098) than any other NHL franchise. The Red Wings reached the playoffs for his first 19 seasons as general manager, giving the organization 25 consecutive seasons in the NHL post-season (1990-2016) - the third-longest streak in NHL history. For his efforts, he was named the NHL's GM of the Decade (2000-09) by Sports Illustrated.

Prior to taking over as general manager of the Red Wings in 1997, Holland served in a number of different roles within the organization, including as assistant general manager (1994-97), general manager of the Red Wings' American Hockey League affiliate (1994-97), amateur scouting director (1989-94) and western Canada scout (1985-89).

Internationally, Holland has served on several management staffs for Hockey Canada, helping Canada win gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Holland was also general manager with Canada at the 2006 World Hockey Championship in Latvia, where Canada finished fourth overall and assistant general manager at the 2005 World Hockey Championship in Austria, helping Canada win a silver medal.

As a goaltender, he was drafted by Toronto in the 12th round, 188th overall, in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, reaching the NHL for four games with Hartford and Detroit. Holland retired as a player after the 1984-85 season, transitioning soon afterwards into scouting.

Holland played junior hockey for the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers from 1973-75. Holland twice signed with NHL teams as a free agent - in 1980 with Hartford and 1983 with Detroit. He spent most of his pro career in the AHL with Binghamton, Springfield and Adirondack. Holland was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team in 1982 and the NAHL Second All-Star Team in 1977. He made his NHL debut in 1980-81, playing one game with Hartford followed by three games for Detroit in 1983-84. Holland retired as a player after the 1984-85 season. 


Assistant General Manager

Keith Gretzky, 52, enters his fourth season with the Oilers as Assistant General Manager. Gretzky was hired on July 2, 2016, after spending five years with the Boston Bruins. In this role, Gretzky serves as the general manager of the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors and works closely Ken Holland, the president of hockey operations and general manager.

The native of Brantford, ON served as interim general manager for the Oilers from Jan. 23 through the end of the regular season, leading all hockey operations for that time.

Gretzky served as the Director of Amateur Scouting for Boston in 2015-16 prior to joining the Oilers. Gretzky also served as an Amateur Scout with Boston for three years and spent time with the Arizona Coyotes scoring staff prior to joining the Bruins.

The native of Brantford, Ontario joined the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes as an amateur scout in 2001 and after five years in that position, he was named the club's Director of Amateur Scouting. He served from 2006-2011 in that capacity, overseeing all of the team's amateur scouting and running their NHL Draft.

As a player, Gretzky was selected in the third round, 56th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1985 NHL Draft. He played six pro seasons in the AHL, IHL ECHL, and in Europe, after his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League. He retired as a player after the 1992-93 season and spent five seasons (1995-2000) coaching in Bakersfield (WCHL) and Asheville (UHL).    

Gretzky has two children, daughter Kayla and son Dillon.


Director, Salary Cap Management & Assistant to the President, Hockey Operations

Bill Scott, 38, enters his seventh season with the Oilers and his fourth season as the team's Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations. Scott previously served as the club's Assistant General Manager for two seasons.

The native of Unionville, Ontario was promoted to the Oilers on April 21, 2014, after serving as General Manager of the Oklahoma City Barons since 2010. He played a key role in the Barons reaching the Calder Cup playoffs in all four of his seasons as General Manager.

Scott works closely with Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland and he also as Governor for the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors (AHL).

As a member of the Oilers Hockey Management team, Scott's responsibilities include player and staff contract negotiations, scheduling, salary arbitration, salary cap management and all day to day administrative duties. He is also the club's liaison to the NHL regarding matters pertaining to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.     

Scott served as the Director of Hockey Operations with the American Hockey League for four seasons. His duties included creation of league schedule, assisting in determining player fines and suspensions, supervising regular season and playoff games, and interpreting by-laws as well as the Collective Bargaining Agreement for member teams.

Scott graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. At school, he worked for the men's hockey team which went to the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in 2001 and served as the ECHL's Manager of Hockey Operations for three seasons.

Scott and his wife Amy have two children, Ava and Will.


Director, Pro Scouting

Henderson, 62, joined the Edmonton Oilers as Director of Pro Scouting on June 29, 2019. Henderson spent the last four seasons as a pro scout for the Detroit Red Wings.

Henderson has been an NHL pro scout for 20 seasons, also working for the Ottawa Senators (2007-10) and Washington Capitals (1993-2004).

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Henderson played more 632 games over 11 professional seasons before joining the scouting ranks. A forward, Henderson was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 10th round, 156th overall, in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft, after three seasons in the WHL with Lethbridge and Victoria. He spent time with Washington, the Minnesota North Stars and the Hartford Whalers from 1980-83. He attended the Oilers training camp in 1984, before being assigned to the team's AHL affiliate in Nova Scotia. Henderson appeared in 23 NHL games, posting four points (3G, 1A), 92 penalty minutes and a -3 plus-minus rating. The long-time minor leaguer is regarded as one of the toughest of his time, topping 200 penalty minutes seven times before retiring in 1988. During his professional career, he also made stops in Port Huron and Saginaw in the International Hockey League (IHL), Nashville and Fort Worth in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and played over 400 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) with Hershey, Binghamton, New Haven, Nova Scotia and Maine. Was voted most popular player with Nashville (CHL) in 1981-82, and was named an honorary citizen of Nashville in 1982. Henderson was a longtime executive member with the PHPA (Professional Hockey Players' Association), earning him the 2019 Executive Director's Honouring the Past Award.

Henderson was also a teammate of Oilers General Manager Ken Holland when the pair suited up for the American Hockey League's Binghamton Whalers in 1982-83.

After his playing career, Henderson was head coach of Nashville (ECHL) for the 1989-90, after coaching Indianapolis (IHL) in its inaugural season in 1988-89. He had served as a player-assistant coach with Fort Worth (CHL) in 1979-80. Henderson also coached the Murrayfield Racers of the British Hockey League in 1990-91.

Henderson had his wife Alice have two children, one daughter Amanda and one son, AJ. They also have four grandchildren, Rowan, Calder, Frank and Logan.

Tyler Wright - Director of Amateur Scouting


Director, Amateur Scouting

Wright, 46, joined the Oilers on June 29, 2019 as Director of Amateur Scouting, after spending the last six years as the Detroit Red Wings in the same role. Prior to joining Detroit, Wright spent six years with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the same role.

Before joining Detroit, Wright worked for the Columbus Blue Jackets for six years, including two years as director of amateur scouting and four years in player development.

A former first-round draft selection of the Edmonton Oilers 12th overall in 1991, Wright was selected by Columbus in the 2000 expansion draft and played 309 games as a Blue Jacket, registering 57 goals and 51 assists for 108 points with 436 penalty minutes. He also served as an alternate captain during the 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons. His best campaign was the Jackets' inaugural 2000-01 season, when he posted a career-high 16 goals and 16 assists with a team-leading 140 penalty minutes. He was traded to Anaheim for former Red Wings' star Sergei Fedorov in Nov. 2005.

The Kamsack, Saskatchewan native appeared in 613 games in 13 NHL seasons, accumulating 149 points (79G, 70A) and 854 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers.

Internationally, Wright represented Canada at the 1992 and 1993 World Junior Hockey Championships, winning gold in 1993, and also played for Canada at the 2002 World Hockey Championship.

Born on April 6, 1973 in Canora, SK, but was raised in Kamsack, SK.

Wright and his wife Christina have three children, daughters Kennady and Ava and son Tanner.


Chief Amateur Scout

Bob Green, 58, enters his seventh season with the Oilers, after joining the team's scouting staff in 2013.

As Chief Amateur Scout, he will work closely with the Director of Amateur Scouting, Tyler Wright to prepare for the NHL Draft, as well as identifying and recruiting NCAA, CHL and European free agent players.

Prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers in 2014, Green served as the General Manager of the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for six seasons and was honoured as the WHL's Executive of the Year in 2011-12 and 2012-13; in both seasons, Green guided the Oil Kings to the WHL finals. In 2011-12 the Oil Kings posted the best record in the WHL with a mark of 50-15-3-4 for 107 points, capturing the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy. The Oil Kings went on to capture the Ed Chynoweth Cup, marking their first WHL championship in modern franchise history, as well as earning them a trip to the Memorial Cup.

Green has also spent time throughout his career serving as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for the Medicine Hat Tigers, where he oversaw the Tigers scouting program and WHL Bantam Draft for seven seasons after starting with Medicine Hat in 1993.


Director of European Scouting

Keith Sullivan joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff in 2017-18, and was named Director of European Scouting for the 2019-20 season.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Sullivan was an amateur scout with the Boston Bruins from 2013 through 2017. He also scouted for the Winnipeg Jets in 2011-12, and the Phoenix Coyotes from 2008 through 2012.

Sullivan was assistant general manager of the USHL's Omaha Lancers in 2016-17 and Vice President and General Manager of the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks from 2012-13. Sullivan scouted previously for both Lincoln and Omaha in the USHL.


Head Coach

The Edmonton Oilers announced the hiring of Dave Tippett as the 16th head coach in Oilers franchise history on May 28, 2019. 

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 553-413-28-102 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.

"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. 

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. 


Associate Coach

The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms with Jim Playfair to join the organization as an associate coach on Dave Tippett's coaching staff on June 20, 2019.

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.


Assistant Coach

Glen Gulutzan was introduced as an Oilers Assistant Coach prior to the 2018-19 season.

Gulutzan, 46, spent the previous two seasons as head coach of the NHL's Calgary Flames. Gulutzan helped the Flames reach the playoffs in 2016-17 and accumulated a record of 82-68-14 in 164 games as Calgary's bench boss. 

Prior to joining the Flames, Gulutzan was an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14 and served as the head coach of the Dallas Stars from 2011-2013. Gulutzan also coached the American Hockey League's (AHL) Texas Stars from 2009-2011 and led the Stars to the Calder Cup final in 2009-10. Gulutzan also coached the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers for six seasons, receiving ECHL Coach of the Year honours in 2005-06.

The Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan native played seven seasons of professional hockey in the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) for the Fresno Falcons as a player/assistant coach, winning the championship in 2002. He also spent one season playing for Vassan Sport in Finland. Gulutzan played junior hockey for the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Moose Jaw Warriors, Brandon Wheat Kings and Saskatoon Blades from 1987-1992 and two seasons with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.


Assistant Coach

Brian Wiseman was hired as an Oilers Assistant Coach prior to the 2019-20 season on July 23, 2019.

Wiseman, 46, joined the Oilers after seven seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan Wolverines. Prior to his coaching stint in Michigan, the native of Chatham, Ontario served as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Houston Aeros, helping them reach the Calder Cup Final in 2010-11.

Wiseman was an assistant coach at Princeton University in 2003-04 and a video coach for the Dallas Stars in 2002-03, under head coach Dave Tippett.

"I am very excited to add Brian to our coaching staff," said Oilers Head Coach, Dave Tippett. "Brian is a forward-thinking coach with whom I have history as both a player and a coach. He works very well with young players and has a passion for skill development." 

A forward during his playing career, Wiseman was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the twelfth round, 257th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing three games during the 1996-97 season.

Wiseman split six seasons between the International Hockey League (IHL) and the AHL, earning 515 points (145G, 370A) in 446 career minor league games. In 1998-99, he was the IHL's leading scorer and Most Valuable Player, while leading the Aeros to the Turner Cup. He also served as captain with the Aeros in the 1999-2000 season.

Wiseman ranks third all-time in points at the University of Michigan, earning 348 points (184G, 164A) in 166 career games.

He and his wife Brandee have two daughters, Chloe and Cameron.



Ken Hitchcock joined the Oilers after having served as a Head Coach with Dallas twice (1995-2002, 2017-18), Philadelphia (2002-2006), Columbus (2006-2010) and St. Louis (2011-2017).

Hitchcock, a native of Edmonton, AB, is the third-winningest coach in NHL history with a total of 849 victories. He led Dallas to a Stanley Cup in 1999 and captured the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 2011-12.

Overall, Hitchcock has a record of 823-506-88-119 record in 1,536 games, with a .603 winning percentage. He has guided his teams to eight division titles (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2011-12 and 2014-15) and two Presidents Trophies (1997-98 and 1998-99).

Hitchcock has coached the fifth most games in NHL history, second among active coaches behind only Barry Trotz (1,598).

In his 22-year coaching career, he made 14 appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with an 86-82 record in 168 postseason games coached. Hitchcock helped his teams reach the Conference Finals five times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2016), and the Stanley Cup Finals twice (1999 and 2000), winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 with Dallas.

Hitchcock also has an extensive international hockey background. As Head Coach, he led Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship. Additionally, Hitchcock has served as an Associate Coach for Canada five times in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014, while he helped his teams win gold in 2002, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. He was also named an assistant coach for Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Hockey Championship and at the 1987 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, with his teams taking home the gold medal at both.


Goaltending Coach

Dustin Schwartz continues his post as the Oilers Goaltending Coach.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Schwartz spent four seasons as a goaltending consultant with the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Edmonton Oil Kings. During his tenure, he helped the Oil Kings collect two WHL Championships as well as a Memorial Cup in 2014.

On August 10, 2017, the Stettler, Alberta native was named as the WHL's Goaltending Consultant. He will be responsible for the WHL Goaltending Advisory Committee, which consists of representatives from the four Western Canada provincial hockey associations and goaltending coaches from WHL Clubs in the Western provinces. Schwartz will work closely with the Western provincial hockey associations to implement a development plan for the top goaltenders within the minor hockey system.

Schwartz served as the goaltending coach for Team Canada in its gold medal performance at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka tournament.

Schwartz was also a staff member at Vimy Ridge Academy in Edmonton, creating and developing the goaltending development model and curriculum.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Schwartz played five seasons in the CIS for the University of Alberta's Golden Bears, winning a CIS University Cup. He also spent four seasons in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers and the Red Deer Rebels.


Goaltending Coach

Sylvain Rodrigue works under the direction of Goaltending Coach Dustin Schwartz, assisting him with goaltender development. Rodrigue working closely with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, Bakersfield Condors.

Rodrigue, 45, served as a Goaltending Consultant for the DEL's Berlin Eisbaren, a member of Germany's top elite league and Fribourg Gotteron of the Swiss Elite League prior to joining the Oilers. He won the DEL championship with Berlin in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. He was also a member of Berlin's European trophy championship team in 2010-11.

The Montreal, Quebec native has also worked with HC Lugano (NLA - Swiss Elite League), AIK (Swedish Elite League) and Dusseldorf (DEL - German Elite League) since 2009-10.

Before heading to Europe, Rodrigue worked with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2003-2009 and was also a goaltending instructor at Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp in 2009.


Video Coach

Jeremy Coupal leads the club's video sessions as the Oilers Video Coach.

Coupal spent three seasons as Video Coordinator with the Nashville Predators prior to the 2016-17 season.

Prior to joining the Nashville Predators, the Montreal, Quebec native served as a volunteer Assistant Coach for Bemidji State University (video coordinator and goaltending coach) in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for the 2012-13 season.

Coupal graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2012 with a degree in Industrial and Management Engineering. Coupal was a goaltender for the RPI NCAA Division I team and the first President and founding member of the RPI men's Club Hockey team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.


Skating Coach

David Pelletier helps improve the skating of Oilers players and prospects as the team's Skating Coach. Pelletier works closely with the head coach and management team to assist players at all levels of the Oilers organization.

Pelletier is a three-time Canadian Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in figure skating. His 2002 Olympic Gold medal marked Canada's first Olympic Gold in pair's figure skating in 42 years.

The Sayabec, Quebec native has been inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy in 2001, awarded to outstanding Canadian athletes.

Since retiring from professional figure skating, Pelletier has worked as a power skating coach with several professional and junior athletes as well as members of the Canadian National Women's hockey team.