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President of Hockey Operations & General Manager

On April 23, 2015, Peter Chiarelli was named President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers.

Chiarelli, 54, enters his fifth season in this role. He reports to CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson, and is responsible for all aspects of hockey operations.

Chiarelli has accumulated a regular season record of 150-149-29 serving as the club's General Manager since the 2015-16 season. He played an integral part in the Oilers resurgence in 2016-17 as the Oilers made the playoffs for the first time since 2005-06, reaching the conference semi-finals. In 2016-17 the Oilers reached the 100-point mark (103 points) for the first time since 1986-87, earning Chiarelli a finalist nomination for General Manager of the Year.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Chiarelli served as the General Manager of the Boston Bruins for eight seasons. He guided the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final twice during his tenure in Boston, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. Chiarelli became just the third General Manager in Bruins history to bring a Stanley Cup to Boston, joining Art Ross and Milt Schmidt.

Chiarelli's regular season record as a General Manager stands at 536-393-114, with his teams reaching the 100-point plateau five times, most recently in 2016-17. That also includes the third and fourth best seasons in Bruins history with a 116-point campaign in 2008-09 (earning him The Sporting News NHL Executive of the Year Award) and the 117-point mark set with 54 wins in 2013-14, tying for second- most single-season victories in Bruins history. 

The Nepean, Ontario native served as the General Manager of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He has also served as a member of the management group for Hockey Canada's National Men's Team, including the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2013 Men's World Hockey Championship.

Chiarelli graduated from Harvard University with an Economics degree in 1987 and he played for the Harvard men's hockey team from 1983-87. He began his career in hockey after graduating with a law degree from the University of Ottawa and was hired as the Director of Legal Relations for the Ottawa Senators in 2000. In 2005, Chiarelli was promoted to assistant General Manager of the Senators and he served in that role for one season, before being hired by the Boston Bruins in 2006.


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. He works closely with President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli and Assistant General Manager, Keith Gretzky on the daily operations of the Edmonton Oilers.

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. 


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.


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 Oilers President of  Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli 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

Todd McLellan, 50, is entering his fourth season as the Edmonton Oilers Head Coach. McLellan is the 14th Head Coach in Oilers franchise history.

McLellan has accumulated a record of 114-109-23 as the Oilers bench boss over three seasons, leading Edmonton to 43 wins and a 103-point season in 2016-17, marking their first 100-plus point season since 1986-87. He also led the Oilers to their first playoff berth since 2005-06, advancing to the Western Conference semi-finals.

In 2014-15, McLellan served as the Head Coach of Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, leading Canada to their first gold medal since 2007 with an undefeated record of 10-0 and an impressive 6-1 win over Team Russia in the gold medal final. He was also the Head Coach of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

McLellan spent seven seasons as Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks prior to joining the Oilers, posting a record of 311-163- 66 in 540 games as the Sharks bench boss. During that span, McLellan led the Sharks to six playoff appearances, four 40-plus win seasons, three 100-point seasons, captured the Presidents' Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010, 2011). No Head Coach in NHL history has won more games in their first four seasons behind the bench than the 195 collected by Todd McLellan.

In, 2010, the Melville, Saskatchewan native became just the third coach in National Hockey League history to record 50-plus wins in his first two seasons as Head Coach. McLellan was named a finalist for the NHL's Jack Adams Trophy in 2008-09 and became just the sixth NHL coach (first since 1990) to lead his team to the Presidents' Trophy, posting a record of 53-18-11 in his first season as a Head Coach.

Prior to joining San Jose, McLellan spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Detroit Red Wings. One of McLellan's key responsibilities was Detroit's power play, which finished first in the NHL in 2005-06 (22.1) and third in 2007-08 (20.7). McLellan won a Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Red Wings, as well as two Presidents' Trophies (2006, 2008).

Before entering the NHL coaching ranks, McLellan spent four seasons as a Head Coach with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Houston Aeros, capturing the 2003 Calder Cup Championship. Under his guidance, McLellan led the Aeros to a 154-111-37-18 mark and was named the 2003 Minor Coach of the Year by The Hockey News. He was also selected to coach two AHL All-Star Games during his tenure in Houston. McLellan also spent the 2000-01 season as Head Coach of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League.

McLellan spent six seasons in junior hockey as Head Coach with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he also served as the General Manager in his final four seasons. He was named the WHL Executive of the year in 1997 and WHL Coach of the Year in 2000. The Broncos also captured division titles in 1996 and 2000 under McLellan.

McLellan played his junior hockey in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades and was drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round (106th overall) in the 1986 NHL Draft. He played parts of two seasons with Springfield in the AHL and played in five games with the Islanders in 1987-88, posting two points (1G, 1A) before a shoulder injury ended his career.


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 Todd McLellan 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.