Complete List Of Edmonton Oilers Head Coaches In Order

List Of Edmonton Oilers Head Coaches In Order

Complete List Of Edmonton Oilers Head Coaches In Order looks at a prominent team in the NHL, that originated in the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1972 and then joined the NHL in 1979 after the WHA-NHL merger. The team has seen significant success, particularly during the 1980s, with five Stanley Cup victories, largely attributed to the influence of their head coaches and star players like Wayne Gretzky.

Edmonton Oilers Head Coaches

1 – Ray Kinasewich (1972-1973)

Born in 1932 in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. He played for the Edmonton Flyers (1954-1963). Kinasewich did not coach other professional teams.

2 – Bill Hunter (1973-1974)

Born in 1920 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Hunter did not have an NHL playing career. Apart from the Oilers in the WHA, he did not coach any other professional teams.

3 – Bep Guidolin (1974-1976)

Born in 1925 in Thorold, Ontario. Guidolin played for the Boston Bruins (1942-1948), Detroit Red Wings (1950-1952), and Chicago Blackhawks (1952). Apart from the Oilers in the WHA, he coached the Boston Bruins (1972-1974).

4 – Glen Sather (1976-1980, WHA; 1980-1989, NHL)

Born in 1943 in High River, Alberta. Sather played for the Boston Bruins (1966-1969), Pittsburgh Penguins (1969-1971), New York Rangers (1971-1973), St. Louis Blues (1973-1974), Montreal Canadiens (1974-1975), and Minnesota North Stars (1975-1976). Besides coaching the Oilers, he also had a brief coaching stint with the New York Rangers (2003-2004).

5 – John Muckler (1989-1991)

Born in 1934 in Midland, Ontario. Muckler did not have an NHL playing career. He also coached the Buffalo Sabres (1991-1995) and the New York Rangers (1997-2000).

6 – Ted Green (1991-1993)

Born in 1940 in Eriksdale, Manitoba. Green played for the Boston Bruins (1960-1972) and the WHA’s New England Whalers (1972-1979). He did not coach other NHL teams as a head coach.

7 – Glen Sather (1993-1994)

This marked Sather’s return as a head coach. For his playing and prior coaching stints, see the earlier entry.

8 – George Burnett (1994-1995)

Born in 1962 in Port Perry, Ontario. Burnett did not play in the NHL. Apart from the Oilers, he did not coach any other NHL teams as a head coach.

9 – Ron Low (1995-1999)

Born in 1950 in Birtle, Manitoba. Low played as a goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1972-1974), Washington Capitals (1974-1976), Detroit Red Wings (1977-1979), and the Edmonton Oilers (1979-1984). He also coached the New York Rangers (2000-2002).

10 – Kevin Lowe (1999-2000, 2008-2009)

Born in 1959 in Lachute, Quebec. Lowe played for the Edmonton Oilers (1979-1992) and the New York Rangers (1992-1996, 1996-1998). He did not coach other NHL teams.

11 – Craig MacTavish (2000-2009)

Born in 1958 in London, Ontario. MacTavish played for the Boston Bruins (1979-1984), Edmonton Oilers (1985-1994), New York Rangers (1994), Philadelphia Flyers(1994-1996), and St. Louis Blues (1996-1997).

12 – Pat Quinn (2009-2010)

Born in 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario. Quinn played for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1968-1969), Vancouver Canucks (1970-1972), and Atlanta Flames (1972-1977). He also coached the Philadelphia Flyers (1978-1982), Los Angeles Kings (1984-1987), Vancouver Canucks (1990-1996), and Toronto Maple Leafs (1998-2006).

13 – Tom Renney (2010-2012)

Born in 1955 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Renney did not have an NHL playing career. Apart from the Oilers, he coached the Vancouver Canucks (1996-1997) and the New York Rangers (2003-2009).

14 – Ralph Krueger (2012-2013)

Born in 1959 in Steinbach, Manitoba. Krueger did not have an NHL playing career. He also coached the Buffalo Sabres (2019-2021).

15 – Dallas Eakins (2013-2014)

Born in 1967 in Dade City, Florida. Eakins played for the Winnipeg Jets (1992-1993), Florida Panthers (1993-1994, 1997-1998), St. Louis Blues (1994), Phoenix Coyotes (1996), New York Rangers (1996-1997), Toronto Maple Leafs (1998-1999, 2000-2002), New York Islanders (1999-2000), and the Calgary Flames (2002-2003). He also coached the Anaheim Ducks (2019-2021).

16 – Todd McLellan (2015-2018)

Born in 1967 in Melville, Saskatchewan. McLellan did not play in the NHL. Apart from the Oilers, he coached the San Jose Sharks (2008-2015) and the Los Angeles Kings (2019-present as of 2021).

17 – Ken Hitchcock (2018-2019)

Born in 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta. Hitchcock did not play in the NHL. He’s coached the Dallas Stars (1995-2002, 2017-2018), Philadelphia Flyers (2002-2006), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-2010), St. Louis Blues (2011-2017), and the Dallas Stars again after his Oilers stint.

18 – Dave Tippett (2019-2021)

Born in 1961 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Tippett played for the Hartford Whalers (1983-1990), Washington Capitals (1990-1992), Pittsburgh Penguins (1992-1993), and the Philadelphia Flyers (1993-1994). Prior to coaching the Oilers, he also led the Dallas Stars (2002-2009) and the Arizona Coyotes (2009-2017).

19 – Jay Woodcroft (2021-present)

Jay Woodcraft was born on August 11, 1976. He hails from the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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