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General Manager and President of Hockey Operations

Ken Holland was named President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Oilers on May 7, 2019. 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, B.C., Holland helped the Red Wings capture four Stanley Cup championships (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008), the most recent three while serving as GM. Holland was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder category as part of the Class of 2020.

Over his time as GM 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 GM of the Red Wings in 1997, Holland served in a number of different roles within the organization, including as Assistant General Manager (1994-97), GM 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 GM with Canada at the 2006 World Hockey Championship in Latvia, where Canada finished fourth overall and Assistant GM 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.


Assistant General Manager

Keith Gretzky was hired by the Oilers 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, Ont., 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 scouting staff prior to joining the Bruins.

Gretzky 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).


Assistant General Manager

Bill Scott has served as the Oilers Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations for the previous four seasons. Scott was also the club's Assistant General Manager for two seasons after getting promoted to the Oilers in April 2014.

The native of Unionville, Ont., served as General Manager of the Oilers American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons from 2010-2014. He played a key role in the Barons reaching the Calder Cup Playoffs in all four of his seasons as GM.

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

As a member of the Oilers hockey nanagement 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.


Assistant General Manager, Professional Scouting

Holland joined the Oilers organization as a scout in 2019 and has been elevated to Assistant General Manager, Professional Scouting for the 2022-23 season.

Holland played three seasons of NCAA hockey at Sacred Heart University before graduating from Fordham University School of Law.

He has previously held hockey operations positions with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL.

Tyler Wright - Director of Amateur Scouting


Director, Amateur Scouting and Player Personnel

Wright 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 and four prior seasons 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, Sask., 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 Championship, winning gold in 1993, and also played for Canada at the 2002 World Hockey Championship.


Chief Amateur Scout

Bob Green joined the team's scouting staff in 2013. As Chief Amateur Scout, he works closely with 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 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 Final.

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

The Oilers announced the hiring of Jay Woodcroft as the 17th Head Coach in franchise history on Feb. 10, 2022. Woodcroft was in his fourth season as Head Coach of the Oilers AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors. Under his guidance, the Condors had a 105-71-21 record during the regular season and captured the Pacific Division playoff championship during the 2020-21 campaign. Bakersfield also captured the Pacific Division regular season title in 2019.

Prior to taking the bench reins in Bakersfield, Woodcroft, was an Assistant Coach with the Oilers for three seasons, preceded by seven seasons with the same title on the San Jose Sharks staff. Woodcroft won a Stanley Cup in 2008 as Video Coach of the Detroit Red Wings and helped guide the Sharks to back-to-back Western Conference Final appearances in 2010 and 2011.


Assistant Coach

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

The Oilers added Dave Manson as Assistant Coach on Feb. 10, 2022. Manson was in his fourth season as Assistant Coach of the Oilers AHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors. On Head Coach Jay Woodcroft's staff, Manson and the Condors posted a 105-71-21 record during the regular season and also captured the Pacific Division playoff championship during the 2020-21 campaign. Bakersfield also won the Pacific Division regular season title in 2019.

Manson played 1,103 career NHL regular season games and 112 career playoff games, including three seasons as a defenceman with the Oilers from 1991 to 1994. He was selected 11th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1985 NHL Draft and played three Western Hockey League seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders. Upon the conclusion of his playing career, the Prince Albert native joined the Raiders as an Assistant Coach and spent 12 seasons with the team prior to joining the Condors.


Assistant Coach

A veteran of 673 NHL games with Boston, Atlanta and Winnipeg, Mark Stuart spent the 2021-22 season coaching with his alma mater Colorado College where he attended from 2002 to 2005. A former first-round selection (21st overall) of the Boston Bruins in the 2003 NHL Draft, Stuart spent parts of six seasons and 283 games with Boston before being traded to Atlanta in 2011. Following the club's move to Winnipeg later that year, the defenceman played another six seasons and 390 games for the Jets through 2016-17.


Goaltending Coach

Dustin Schwartz has been the the team's Goaltending Coach since November 2014. 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, Alta., native was named as the WHL's Goaltending Consultant. He was 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 served as the Goaltending Coach for Team Canada in its gold medal performance at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka U-18 Championship and 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 for the University of Alberta 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.


Video Coach

Jeremy Coupal was hired as the team's Video Coach in June 2016 after spending three seasons as Video Coordinator with the Nashville Predators prior to the 2016-17 campaign.

Prior to joining the Nashville Predators, the Montreal, Que., 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.


Video Coordinator

Noah Segall joins the Oilers from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, with whom he served as Video Coordinator for the 2021-22 and 2020-21 seasons. Prior to his time Bakersfield, he served in a similar capacity with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers during the 2019-20 season. Previously, he worked at the collegiate level with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Vermont, and Canisius College.


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 in pairs figure skating in 42 years.

The Sayabec, Que., 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.