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KEN HOLLAND

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.

KEITH GRETZKY

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).

BILL SCOTT

Assistant General Manager

Bill Scott enters his eighth season with the Oilers, serving as Director of Salary Cap Management and Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations for the previous four season. 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.

ARCHIE HENDERSON

Director, Pro Scouting

Henderson joined the Edmonton Oilers as Director of Pro Scouting on June 29, 2019 after spending the previous 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, Henderson played more than 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.

Henderson 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.

Tyler Wright - Director of Amateur Scouting

TYLER WRIGHT

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.

BOB GREEN

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.

DAVE TIPPETT

Head Coach

The Oilers announced the hiring of Dave Tippett as the 16th Head Coach in franchise history on May 28, 2019. Prior to coming to Edmonton, Tippett was a Head Coach in the NHL for 14 seasons (2002-04, 2005-17), with the Dallas Stars and Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes. The native of Moosomin, Sask., also served as an Assistant Coach with the Los Angeles Kings from 1999-2002. Prior to joining the Oilers, Tippett was serving as a Senior Advisor for the Seattle Kraken.

Over eight years as Head Coach in Arizona, Tippett had a 282-257-78 record in 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 Final. 

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.

JIM PLAYFAIR

Associate Coach

The 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. Prior to coming to Edmonton, Playfair had 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, B.C., served as Head Coach with the Calgary Flames in 2006-07 and an Assistant Coach with the Flames from 2003-06 as well as 2007-09.

Playfair has been coaching in professional hockey for over 20 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).

GLEN GULUTZAN

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.

BRIAN WISEMAN

Assistant Coach

Brian Wiseman was hired as an Oilers Assistant Coach prior to the 2019-20 season on July 23, 2019, joining the team after seven seasons as an Assistant Coach for the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Prior to his coaching stint in Michigan, the native of Chatham, Ont., served as an Assistant Coach for the American Hockey League's (AHL) 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.

DUSTIN SCHWARTZ

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.

JEREMY COUPAL

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.

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 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.