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

Chiarelli, 52, reports to CEO Bob Nicholson, and is responsible for all aspects of hockey operations.

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 417-276-93, with his teams reaching the 100-point plateau four times. That 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) 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 most recently served as a 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 of Hockey Operations

Craig MacTavish enters his second 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 will work 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, 58 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, 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 of Player Personnel

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

Sutter, 56, has over 26 years of hockey experience in coaching, scouting (amateur/professional) and player development. He has spent the past 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 and currently plays for the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.


Assistant General Manager

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

Gretzky, 49, most recently served as the Director of Amateur Scouting for Boston in 2015-16. 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 Ontario native joined the Phoenix Coyotes as an amateur scout in 2001 and after five years in that position, he was named as that 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.

Gretzky was selected in the third round by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1985 NHL Draft. He played six pro seasons at the AHL, IHL and ECHL levels, in addition to Europe after his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League. He retired as a player after the 1992-93 season and spent five seasons from 1995-2000 coaching in Bakersfield (WCHL) and Asheville (UHL).

Keith has two children, daughter Kayla and son Dillon.



Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations and Director of Salary Cap Management

Bill Scott enters his third season with the Oilers and his first season as the team's Assistant to the President of Hockey Operations and Director of Salary Cap Management. Scott previously served as the club's Assistant General Manager for two seasons.

The 35-year-old 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 will 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.


Senior Director of Player Development

Rick Carriere enters his fifth season with the Oilers, after being named Senior Director of Player Development on June 28, 2012.

Carriere, 57, previously served as General Manager of the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers from 2000 to 2004 and then scouted for the Tigers until 2012.

The Edmonton native was also a Head Coach in the Western Hockey League, as he guided the Red Deer Rebels from 1994 to 1996 and then became the Tigers' Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations from 1996 to 2000, prior to moving into the General Manager position.

The University of Alberta alumnus, who received his Bachelor of Education, was an Assistant Coach for the Calgary Flames' American Hockey League affiliate, St. John Flames from 1992 to 1994.

While attending the U of A, Carriere was on the Bears from 1981 to 1985, where he played for Clare Drake and Billy Moores. After graduating from the U of A, Carriere returned to NAIT and began his coaching career as an assistant coach to Perry Pearn from 1985 to 1989. In 1989/90 he took over the Head Coaching position.

Carriere was most recently a teacher at Vimy Ridge Academy where he taught Social Studies and Physical Education and performed on-ice clinics and instruction.

Scott Howson

Vice-President, Player Development

Scott Howson enters his first season as Vice-President of Player Development with the Edmonton Oilers, after serving as a pro scout with the organization in 2015.

In this, role he works closely with Senior Vice- President of Hockey Operations Craig MacTavish and Senior Director of Player Development Rick Carriere to oversee the Oilers American Hockey League and ECHL affiliate rosters.

Howson has been with the Oilers organization for 17 seasons in total, including 13 seasons from 1994 through 2007, prior to joining the Blue Jackets;  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.

His professional career began in 1981-82, 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 with the Toledo Goaldiggers.

He signed with the New York Islanders as an undrafted free agent in 1981 and split time between the AHL's Springfield Indians and the Islanders. In 110 games with the Indians, he registered 94 points (35G, 59A). He also appeared in 18 games with the Islanders, where he scored five goals and added three assists.


Director of Player Personnel

Green, 54, enters his third 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 will lead the amateur draft as well as work closely with Senior Vice-President of Player Personnel, Duane Sutter to oversee the Edmonton Oilers scouting operations, as well as continue 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 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.

Todd McLellan

Head Coach

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

McLellan, 48, was most recently the Head Coach of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He also 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

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,'08).

Before entering the NHL coaching ranks, McLellan spent four seasons as a Head Coach with the American Hockey League's 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, 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.



REGULAR SEASON                                 PLAYOFFS












Glen Sather










1979-80 to 1988-89











and 1993-94

Bryan Watson











John Muckler










1989-90 to 1990-91

Ted Green










1991-92 to 1993-94+

George Burnett











Ron Low










1994-95 to 1998-99%

Kevin Lowe











Pat Quinn











Tom Renney










2010-11 to 2011-12

Ralph Krueger











Craig MacTavish










2000-09, 2014-15

Dallas Eakins










2013-14 to 2014-15#

Todd Nelson











Todd McLellan










2015-16 - Present

*           Coached first 18 games of 1980-81 season.

+           Coached first 24 games of 1993-94 season.

@          Coached first 35 games of 1994-95 season. Relieved of head coaching duties on April 6, 1995.

%          Appointed head coach on April 6, 1995.

#           Coached first 40 games of 2014-15. Relieved of head coaching duties on December 15, 2015.

Jay Woodcroft

Assistant Coach

Woodcroft, 39, enters his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oilers. Previously he served as an Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks for seven seasons.

Prior to joining San Jose, Woodcroft spent three seasons on the Detroit Red Wings coaching staff from 2005-'08, including their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship season. Internationally, Woodcroft won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2015 Men's World Championships.

Woodcroft has been a part of 428 regular season wins, five Western Conference titles, six Division titles, three Presidents' Trophies and a Stanley Cup championship.

Woodcroft entered the NHL coaching ranks following a six-year minor league playing career. He spent the 2004-05 season in Germany playing for the Stuttgart Wizards and he also spent time with the Corpus Christi Rayz (CHL), Flint Generals (UHL), Anchorage Aces (WCHL), Missouri River Otters (UHL) and Jackson Bandits (ECHL).

The Toronto, Ontario native spent four seasons with the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he was an Academic All-American and graduated with a degree in finance.

Jim Johnson

Assistant Coach

Johnson, 53, enters his second season with the Oilers as an Assistant Coach. Prior to joining the Oilers he spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the San Jose Sharks. He has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as an interim Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Coyotes.

A 14-year NHL defenceman, Johnson has spent over seven seasons as a coach in the NHL. Prior to entering the NHL coaching ranks, he spent time coaching for Switzerland's HC Lugano. While working with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization he also served as the Head Coach for the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals during the

2009-10 season and as a Development Coach for the Lightning in 2008-09. Johnson also spent three seasons (2000-02) as an Assistant Coach with the U.S. National Junior Team.

A native of New Hope, Minnesota, Johnson had a standout career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent in 1985. Johnson played 829 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Minnesota/Dallas, Washington and Phoenix, posting 195 points (29 goals, 166 assists) and 1197 penalty minutes before suffering a career-ending concussion in 1997-98 season.

Johnson also represented the United States at four World Championships (1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990) and one Canada Cup (1992).

He is also a co-founder/partner in flexxCOACH along with several former NHL players and coaches. flexxCOACH delivers online coaching education programs for youth sports coaches.

Ian Herbers

Assistant Coach

Herbers, 49, enters his second season with the Edmonton Oilers coaching staff as an Assistant Coach.

Prior to joining the Oilers, Herbers spent three seasons as Head Coach of the University of Alberta's (U of A) Golden Bears. In 2014-15, he led the men's hockey team to their second straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship.

The Jasper, Alberta native enjoyed success at the U of A, posting a record of 72-12-0 against conference opponents, 12-1-0 record in conference playoffs, 7-1-0 record in CIS University Cup games, 28-5-0 record in non-conference play and an overall record of119-19-0.

In 2013, Herbers was named the Canada West Coach of the Year in his inaugural season with the U of A. During his tenure, Herbers' teams also captured three Canada West conference championships, two CIS national championship trophies and the Bears annually ranked as a top-three program in the nation in goals for, fewest goals against, power-play percentage, shots on goal, penalty killing and shorthanded goals.

Herbers also served as a coach for Team Canada at the 2015 Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Switzerland, helping Canada capture a bronze medal.

Prior to joining the U of A, Herbers served as Head Coach for the American Hockey League's (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals for three years. He also spent time as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL, as well as with the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit, and he served as Head Coach and General Manager for the Johnstown Chiefs in the ECHL.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Herbers graduated from the U of A and played four seasons with the Golden Bears (1988-92), winning a national championship in 1992. After turning pro he captured a Calder Cup title in 1993 with the Cape Breton Oilers, won a Turner Cup in 1997 with Detroit Vipers in the International Hockey League and went on to a playing career that spanned over a decade, including 65 career National Hockey League games with the Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, recording five assists and 79 penalty minutes.


Goaltending Coach

Schwartz, 37, is in his third year with the Oilers and enters his second 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 Edmonton Oil Kings. During his tenure, he helped the Oil Kings collect two WHL Championships as well as a Memorial Cup in 2014.

The Stettler, Alberta native has also served as a staff member at Vimy Ridge Academy in Edmonton, working as the schools' goaltending instructor as well as teaching science.

Schwartz also served as the goaltending coach for Team Canada in their gold medal performance at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka tournament.

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.


Goaltender Development Coach

Sylvain Rodrigue enters his fourth season with the Edmonton Oilers organization where he will work under the direction of Goaltending Coach Dustin Schwartz, assisting him with goaltender development and scouting.

Rodrigue, 43, served as a Goaltending Consultant for the DEL's Berlin Eisbären, 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 (LNA - 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

Coupal is entering his first season with the Oilers as the club's Video Coach.

Coupal, 27, joins the Oilers staff after spending the past three seasons as a Video Coordinator with the Nashville Predators.

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 Conference (ACHA). Coupal also helped RPI reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years, as well as received ECAC All-Academic honours.


Skating Coach

David Pelletier begins his third season with the Edmonton Oilers as the club's Skating Coach. Pelletier works closely with Senior Director of Player Development, Rick Carriere, as well as the Oilers management team to assist players of all levels with their skating throughout the Oilers organization.

Pelletier, 41, is a three-time Canadian Champion, World Champion, Grand-Prix Final Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist. His 2002 Olympic Gold medal marked Canada's first Olympic Gold in pair's figure skating in 42 years.

The Sayabec, Quebec native has also been inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy, 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 team.