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Edmonton Oilers Assistant Coaches and Coaching Staff

By Kapil Sapkota / 28 November 2023 07:41 AM

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Edmonton Oilers assistant coaches are Glen Gulutzan and Mark Stuart. Kris Knoblauch joined as the head coach in November 2023.

Gulutzan joined the Oilers with an NHL head coaching experience. He worked for the Calgary Flames as a coaching boss for a term of 2016-2018.

Likewise, Stuart took his NHL coaching duties with the Oilers franchise in July 2022. Previously, he coached the Colorado College men's hockey program, the Colorado College Tigers for the 2021-22 season.

Other members of the Oilers coaching staff include Dustin Schwartz, Noah Segall, and David Pelletier. The positions of these staff are summarised in the given table:

Oilers Coaching Staff 2023-24

Coaching StaffPosition
Kris KnoblauchHead Coach
Glen GulutzanAssistant Coach
Mark StuartAssistant Coach
Dustin SchwartzGoaltending Coach
Noah SegallVideo Coach
David PelletierSkating Coach

Assistant Coaches for Oilers 2023-24

Oilers assistant coaches, Glen Gulutzan joined Edmonton in May 2018 and Mark Stuart joined the team in July 2022.

Glen Gulutzan

The Oilers' assistant coach previously coached the Calgary Flames as the head coach from 2016 through 2018.

Before his career with the Flames, the coach worked for the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant. He started serving the Canucks in July 2013 and left the organization to take his new role with Calgary.

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The veteran coach was the head coach of the Dallas Stars from 2011 to 2013

Glen worked for the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers in two positions, head coach and general manager. With the Wranglers, Gulutzan led the team to two division championships.

In 2008, he won the John Brophy Trophy as the league's best coach. During his career with the Wranglers, the franchise became the first ECHL team to have three straight seasons with 100 points.

Gulutzan was selected as the head coach of the National Conference All-Star team consecutively from 2006 through 2008.

Undrafted in the NHL, Glen appeared in several leagues as a player from 1986 to 2003. He spent most of his playing career for the Fresno Falcons of the WCHL and the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.

Mark Stuart

A longtime defenseman of the NHL, Stuart stepped in as an assistant coach for the Oilers on 26 July 2022, replacing Brian Wiseman.

Previously, he worked as a coach for his alma mater, Colorado College in the 2021-22 season, where he attended from 2002 to 2005. He captained the Colorado College Tigers for the 2004-05 season and led the team to the NCAA Frozen Four.

Stuart took the managerial position for the Winnipeg Jets' AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. He became a volunteer assistant coaching job at the University of Vermont for the 2020-21 season.

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Throughout his playing career, the former defenseman appeared in 673 NHL contests with the Boston Bruins and the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchises.

Drafted in 2003 by the Bruins, he was assigned to the team's AHL farm, the Providence Bruins. He debuted in the NHL in 2006-07 and spent most of the season in the AHL.

After playing five and a half seasons for the Bruins organization, Mark was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2010-11 season. He played the 2012-13 season for the ECHL's Florida Everblades during the 2012 NHL lockout.

Internationally, the defenseman captained and captured the gold in the United States national team in the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championship and the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Edmonton Oilers Head Coach

The Oilers hired Kris Knoblauch as the new head coach in November 2023. Knoblauch replaced Jay Woodcroft as the 18th head coach of the franchise.

Before joining Edmonton, the new coach served the New York Rangers AHL farm, the Hartford Wolf Pack for more than 4 seasons beginning the 2019-20 season.

As their head coach, Knoblauch helped the Wolf Pack reach the third round of the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs.

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He started his NHL coaching career with the Flyers as an assistant coach and spent the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons with them. Knoblauch worked for the OHL's Erie Otters as a head coach from 2012 to 2017.

During his tenure with the Otters, it became the first team to record four consecutive 50-win seasons in the history of the Canadian Hockey League.

The coach grabbed the Matt Leyden Trophy in the 2015-16 season as the OHL Coach of the Year. During 2006-12, the veteran coach worked for the Kootenay Ice and the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

Oilers Head Coaches History

The following table illustrates the head coaching history of the Oilers franchise:

Head CoachesTerm
1. Glen Sather1979-80
2. Bryan Watson1980-81
3. Glen Sather1980-81 to 1988-89
4. John Muckler1989-90 to 1990-91
5. Ted Green1991-92 to 1993-94
6. Glen Sather1993-94
7. George Burnett1994-95
8. Ron Low1994-95 to 1998-99
9. Kevin Lowe1999-2000
10. Craig MacTavish2000-01 to 2008-09
11. Pat Quinn2009-10
12. Tom Renney2010-11 to 2011-12
13. Ralph Krueger2012-13
14. Dallas Eakins2013-14 to 2014-15
15. Todd Nelson2014-15
16. Todd McLellan2015-16 to 2018-19
17. Ken Hitchcock2018-19
18. Dave Tippett2019-20 to 2021-22
19. Jay Woodcroft2021-22 to 2023-24
20. Kris Knoblauch2023-24 to present

A total of 20 appointments have been made for the 18 head coaches in the Oilers' history after it started competing in the NHL in 1979.

Glen Sather was the last to coach the Oilers franchise for the World Hockey Association (WHA) and the first for the NHL for the 1979-80 season.

For 18 regular season games of the 1980-81 season, Bryan Watson replaced Sather as the head coach. Sather continued to work for the team as a coaching head and led the teams to four Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1988.

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Glen served the Oilers franchise until John Muckler replaced him before the 1989-90 season. Muckler led the Oilers to their fifth and last Stanley Cup in 1990.

Before the 1991-92 season, Ted Green was hired by Edmonton as its head coach. Green was fired after the Oilers' first 24 games in the 1993-94 season and Sather coached the team for the rest of the season.

Craig MacTavish has coached the second-most games (656) in the Oilers' history from 2000-01 to the 2008-09 season.

Edmonton Oilers Goalie Coach

Dustin Schwartz was hired as the goaltending coach of the Oilers franchise in November 2014.

Before joining the Oilers, Schwartz worked as a goaltending consultant with the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings for four seasons.

Throughout his career with the Oil Kings, He helped the team to capture the 2014 Memorial Cup in addition to two WHL championships titles.

Schwartz was selected as the WHL's Goaltending Consultant in August 2017 and worked for the WHL Goaltending Advisory Committee.

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The Stettler, Alberta native was named the Goaltending Coach for the Canadian national team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka U-18 Championship and helped Canada to capture the gold.

The goalie coach also worked for the Vimy Ridge Academy in Edmonton as a staff member and was responsible for creating and developing the goaltending development model and curriculum.

Before stepping into the coaching career, Schwartz played collegiate for the University of Alberta Golden Bears from 2000-01 through 2004-05 season.

He appeared in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers (1996-97 to 1997-98) and the Red Deer Rebels (1997-98 to 1999-00).

Other Coaching and Hockey Operations Staff

The given table displays the members of the Oilers' hockey operation staff:

StaffPosition
Jeff JacksonCEO, Hockey Operations & Alternate Governor
Paul CoffeySpecial Advisor to Owner & Chairman
Ken HollandGeneral Manager & President of Hockey Operations
Bob NicholsonSpecial Advisor & Alternate Governor, Hockey Operations
Keith GretzkyAssistant General Manager - GM, Bakersfield Condors
Bill ScottAssistant General Manager - Salary Cap & Hockey Operations
Brad HollandAssistant General Manager - Director, Professional Scouting
Rick PraceyDirector, Amateur Scouting
Bob GreenChief Amateur Scout
Michael ParkattiSenior Director, Data & Analytics
Mike FanelliVideo & Coaching Analytics Coordinator
Justin MaheManager, Hockey Analytics
Shaun MaheCoordinator, Hockey Development
Kaite DoyleDirector, Team Services
Tania KennyExecutive Assistant, Hockey Operations

Jeff Jackson was hired as the CEO of Hockey Operations for Edmonton in August 2023.

Jackson is primarily responsible for reporting directly to the owner and chairman of the organization, Daryl Katz. He also works as an Alternate Governor on the NHL Board of Governors.

The Special Advisor to ownership and hockey operations, Paul Coffey joined the Oilers in 2022 and supports the strategic direction of the hockey club for the leadership.

Ken Holland was hired as the President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the team in May 2019. Holland previously served the Detroit Red Wings as their GM for 22 seasons.

The executive helped the Red Wings win four Stanley Cup championships between 1997-2008.

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Bob Nicholson works closely with ownership and management and serves the team as a Special Advisor in hockey operations.

Nicholson served the team as a Chairman of the Oilers Hockey Club from 2019 before his new role in 2023.

Keith Gretzky took the role of General Manager for the team's AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors in July 2016. He is also an assistant GM of Edmonton. Before his journey with the Oilers, Gretzky worked 5 years with the Boston Bruins.

Bill Scott joined the Edmonton organization in 2010 as the GM for the team's AHL farm the  Oklahoma City Barons. He was promoted to the Oilers' assistant GM in 2014.

Brad Holland was hired as a scout in 2019 before getting a promotion to assistant GM of professional Scouting before the 2022-23 season.

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