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KEN HOLLAND

General Manager and President of Hockey Operations

In this role, Holland will oversee all hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers with full autonomy, reporting directly to OEG CEO Bob Nicholson.

Holland, 63, was the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 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 (1,044) 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).
 
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 (1987-94) and western scout (1985-87).
 
Internationally, Holland has served on several management staffs for Hockey Canada, winning gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
 
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 two seasons of junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1973-75 and later resided in the city from 1985-1994 working as a Western Canadian scout for the Red Wings.
 
Holland and his wife Cindy have four children: Brad, Julie, Rachel and Greg.

KEITH GRETZKY

Assistant General Manager

Keith Gretzky is 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.

BILL SCOTT

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

Bill Scott serves as the team's Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations. Scott previously was 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.

SCOTT HOWSON

Vice President, Player Development

Scott Howson holds the title of 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 oversees 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 more than 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.

BOB GREEN

Director, Player Personnel

Bob Green is 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 and works closely with the Assistant General Manager to oversee the Edmonton Oilers scouting operations, 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.

DAVE TIPPETT

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. 

JIM PLAYFAIR

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.

GLEN GULUTZAN

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.

KEN HITCHCOCK

Advisor

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.

DUSTIN SCHWARTZ

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.

SYLVAIN RODRIGUE

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.

JEREMY COUPAL

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.

DAVID PELLETIER

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.