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Assistant General Manager

Keith Gretzky, 51, enters his third season with the Oilers as Assistant General Manager. Gretzky was hired on July 2, 2016, after spending five years with the Boston Bruins.

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).
Keith has two children, daughter Kayla and son Dillon.


Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations

Craig MacTavish, 60, enters his fourth season as the Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations, after previously serving as the club's General Manager for two seasons. MacTavish previously served as Edmonton's Senior Vice- President of Hockey Operations in 2012-13.

MacTavish was the Head Coach of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League in 2011-12, prior to joining the Edmonton Oilers, leading the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate to a 42-27-7 record, the third best in the conference.

Named the eighth coach in Oilers history on June 22, 2000, MacTavish compiled a career record of 301- 252-103 (.537) in 656 regular season games over the course of eight seasons (2000-01 to 2008-09).

MacTavish became the 36th coach in NHL history to win 300-or-more games with a 5-3 win vs. the Vancouver Canucks on April 4th at Rexall Place.

He completed his coaching tenure behind the Oilers bench after the 2008-09 season, ranking second among Edmonton coaches in games coached, wins, losses, ties/overtime losses and winning percentage and ranked 36th all-time in NHL history in wins and 41st in games coached.

The former Oilers' captain has a 17-13 (.567) record in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and became the third coach to lead the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Final.

In 2005-06 MacTavish guided the Oilers to their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1990, as Edmonton fell in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes. After finishing the regular season in 8th place in the NHL's Western Conference standings with a 41-28-13 record, MacTavish led the Oilers to within a game of their sixth Stanley Cup. In the post-season the Oilers went 15-9 and defeated the President Trophy winning Detroit Red Wings, the San Jose Sharks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on their way to winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as Western Conference champions.

After departing the Oilers organization following the 2008-09 season, MacTavish earned a master's degree in business from Queen's University and spent two years as an analyst for the NHL on TSN.


Vice President, Player Personnel

Duane Sutter, 58, enters his ninth season with the Oilers and third season as the Vice President of Player Personnel. Sutter was promoted to the position on July 2, 2016.

Sutter has over 29 years of hockey experience in coaching, scouting (amateur/professional) and player development. He also spent five seasons as a pro scout for the Oilers. Prior to joining the Oilers, he served as the Director of Player Personnel with the Calgary Flames. He was also the General Manager for the Abbotsford Heat in the American Hockey League (AHL) for their inaugural season in 2013-14. Sutter also served as the Head Western Canadian scout with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1992.

Prior to entering the scouting ranks, Sutter was an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers for three seasons (1996-98, 2002-03) and served as the Panthers Head Coach for two seasons (2000-02).

The Viking, Alberta native was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1979 in the first round, 17th overall. He captured a Stanley Cup in his rookie season and went on to spend eight seasons with the Islanders. He also played three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. Sutter accumulated 342 points (139G, 203A) and 1333 penalty minutes in 731 career NHL games. He also recorded 58 points (26G, 32A) and 405 penalty minutes in 161 career playoff games.

Duane is one of the famed six Sutter brothers to play in the National Hockey League. He also has a son Brody who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2011. 


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

Bill Scott, 37, enters his fifth season with the Oilers and his third 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 members of the Oilers Hockey Operations staff and he also oversees 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.


Vice President, Player Development

Scott Howson, 58, enters his second season as Vice-President of Player Development with the Edmonton Oilers, after serving as a pro scout with the organization during the 2016-17 season.

In this role, he works closely with Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Craig MacTavish in overseeing the Oilers' prospects playing in the Canadian Hockey League and other junior leagues in North America, NCAA and Europe. In addition, he continues to serve as a pro scout.

Howson has been with the Oilers organization for 18 seasons in total, including 13 seasons from 1994 through 2007 and then again from 2013 until his current tenure.

In 2007, Howson was hired as the General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. In his time with Columbus, he compiled a 173-190-59 record and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2008-09, losing in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Detroit Red Wings.
The Toronto, Ontario native was the Oilers Assistant to the General Manager in 2000-01 and served as the club's Assistant General Manager from 2001-2007, working beside General Manager Kevin Lowe in overseeing the Oilers' hockey operations.

Prior to his arrival in Edmonton, Howson spent six years with the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliates. As General Manager of the Cape Breton Oilers from 1994-96, he oversaw the franchise's move to Hamilton in 1996 and was the Bulldogs' General Manager from 1996-2001.

Howson had a stellar junior hockey career, playing three seasons with the Kingston Canadians (OHA/OHL), compiling 302 points (122G, 180A) in 197 career games, including a 140 point season (57G, 83A) in 1980-81.

After signing with the New York Islanders as an undrafted free agent, his professional career began in 1981-82 with the Toledo Goaldiggers, when he was awarded the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL's Most Outstanding Rookie, after recording 120 points (55G, 65A) in 71 games.

In four seasons from 1982-1986, Howson split time with the Central Hockey League's (CHL) Indianapolis Checkers and American Hockey League's (AHL) Springfield Indians. Over two seasons with Indianapolis, Howson accumulated 145 points (70G, 75A) in 146 games and registered 94 points (35G, 59A) in 110 games with Springfield. He also appeared in 18 games with the New York Islanders from 1984-86, posting five goals and three assists.


Director, Player Personnel

Bob Green, 57, enters his sixth season as the Oilers Director of Player Personnel, after joining the Oilers scouting staff in 2013 and serving as the Director of Amateur Free Agent Scouting.

In his role he leads the amateur draft as well as working closely with Senior Vice-President of Player Personnel, Duane Sutter to oversee the Edmonton Oilers scouting operations, as well as continuing to identify and recruit NCAA, CHL and European free agents and develop a free agent priority list.

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.


Head Coach

Hitchcock, 66, will join 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 823 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 (1,543).

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 at the 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.


Assistant Coach

Glen Gulutzan is entering his first season with the Oilers as an Assistant Coach.

Gulutzan, 46, spent the past 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

Trent Yawney enters his first season with the Oilers as an Assistant Coach.

Yawney, 52, brings 17 years of coaching experience with him, most recently serving as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks for the past five seasons. In 2017-18, he helped guide Anaheim to a 100-plus point season for a fifth straight year and an 83.2 penalty killing percentage, ranking fifth in the NHL.

Yawney served as the Chicago Blackhawks head coach from 2005-2007 and served as an assistant coach for eight NHL seasons with three organizations (Chicago, San Jose and Anaheim). He also served as a head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL) for eight seasons with Norfolk and Syracuse, including being named "Minor Pro Coach of the Year" by The Hockey News in 2003-04.

A native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Yawney played 593 career NHL games with Chicago, Calgary and St. Louis, posting 129 points (27G, 102A) and 783 penalty minutes. Yawney also served as captain for Team Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The Chicago Blackhawks originally drafted Yawney in the third round (45th overall) of the 1984 NHL Draft.

Manny Viveiros

Assistant Coach

Manny Viveiros enters his first season in the NHL as an Assistant Coach, after serving as the Head Coach of the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos in 2017-18.

Viveiros, 52, led the WHL's Swift Current Broncos to a championship last season, defeating the WHL's two conference leaders (Moose Jaw, Everett) on route to capturing the Ed Chynoweth Cup and advancing to the Memorial Cup. Viveiros led the Broncos to a 48-17-7 record finishing in second place in the Eastern Conference and boasting a League-best 29.4 power play percentage.

The St. Albert, Alberta native brings 11 years of experience with him, most recently with the WHL's Swift Current Broncos for the past two seasons, posting a record of 87-40-17. Viveiros coached in Europe from 2006-2016, leading Klagenfurter AC to an Austrian Hockey League championship in 2009. He also coached Austria's National Team for three years, including at the 2014 Winter Olympics. After the Olympics, Viveiros coached ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) as an assistant coach in 2014 and head coach in 2015.

Viveiros was originally drafted by Edmonton in the sixth round, 106th overall, in the 1984 NHL Draft and spent three seasons with the NHL's Minnesota North Stars (1985-1988), appearing in 29 games and posting 12 points (1G, 11A) and six penalty minutes. He spent 16 seasons in Austria, playing with Villach VSV, Lustenau EHC, Vienna and Klagenfurter AC. He also spent two seasons with SERC Wild Wings in the DEL. Viveiros played his junior hockey with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, capturing the 1986 Memorial Cup.


Goaltending Coach

Schwartz, 39, is in his fifth year with the Oilers and enters his fourth full season as the club's 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 enters his sixth season with the Edmonton Oilers organization where he will work 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, 29, is entering his third season with the Oilers as the club's 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, 43, begins his fifth season with the Edmonton Oilers as the club's Skating Coach. Pelletier works closely with Head Coach Ken Hitchcock and the Oilers management team to assist players at all levels of the Oilers organization with their skating.

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.