List of Edmonton Oilers head coaches

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Glen Sather coached the Oilers for 842 regular games and 126 playoff games in the NHL.

The list of Edmonton Oilers head coaches includes all men who served as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, both as a franchise in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1972–79 and as a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) since 1979.

The Oilers had six different head coaches during the seven seasons that they played in the WHA,[1] including three terms by Bill Hunter, who was the team's owner and general manager at the time. Glen Sather became a player-coach during the 1976–77 season, but retired as a player at the end of the year. He coached the team for two more seasons in the WHA, and maintained the position when the Oilers were admitted as an expansion franchise into the NHL.

Since joining the NHL for the 1979–80 season, the Oilers have had twelve different head coaches. Glen Sather has the most games coached and most wins as head coach.[2] He stepped down before the 1980–81 season, but after the Oilers started the season with only four wins in their first eighteen games, he returned to the bench. He remained head coach for the remainder of that season plus eight more seasons, during which time the team won four Stanley Cups, in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988. For the 1985–86 NHL season, he won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL coach "adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success".[3] Sather stepped down as coach a second time after the 1988–89 season, and John Muckler coached the 1990 championship team. Sather would have one more stint as head coach, relieving Ted Green after the team posted just three victories in the first 24 games of the 1993–94 season. Sather was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997 in the builder category.

Former[4] Oilers head coach, Craig MacTavish, played for the team from 1985–94. He was a member of the 1987, 1988, and 1990 Stanley Cup winning teams, and he was team captain from 1992–1994. As of the 2013–14 season, he ranks second in the number of Oilers games coached.

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WHA head coaches[edit]

Name Seasons Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L T Win % GC W L Win %
1 Ray Kinasewich 1972–73 45 20 23 2 0.467
2 Bill Hunter 1972–73 26 14 11 1 0.558 1 0 1 0.000
3 Brian Shaw 1973–74 to 1974–75 137 68 63 6 0.518 5 1 4 0.200
Bill Hunter 1974–75 19 6 12 1 0.342
4 Clare Drake 1975–76 48 18 28 2 0.396
Bill Hunter 1975–76 33 9 21 3 0.318 4 0 4 0.000
5 Bep Guidolin 1976–77 63 25 36 2 0.413
6 Glen Sather 1976–77 to 1978–79 178 95 76 7 0.553 23 8 15 0.348

NHL head coaches[edit]

Name Seasons Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L T OT Pts % GC W L Win %
1 Glen Sather[5][6] 1979–80 80 28 39 13 0.431 3 0 3 0.000
2 Bryan Watson[7][8] 1980–81[A] 18 4 9 5 0.361
Glen Sather 1980–81 to 1988–89 702 414 202 86 0.651 123 89 34 0.724
3 John Muckler[9][10] 1989–90 to 1990–91 160 75 65 20 0.531 40 25 15 0.625
4 Ted Green[11][12] 1991–92 to 1993–94[B] 188 65 102 21 0.402 16 8 8 0.500
Glen Sather 1993–94 60 22 27 11 0.458
5 George Burnett[13][14] 1994–95[C] 35 12 20 3 0.386
6 Ron Low[15][16] 1994–95 to 1998–99 341 139 162 40 0.466 28 10 18 0.357
7 Kevin Lowe[17][18] 1999–2000 82 32 26 16 8 0.537[D] 5 1 4 0.200
8 Craig MacTavish[19][20] 2000–01 to 2008–09 656 301 252 47 56 0.537[E] 36 19 17 0.528
9 Pat Quinn[21][22] 2009–10 82 27 47 8 0.378[F]
10 Tom Renney[23][24] 2010–11 to 2011–12 164 57 85 22 0.415[G]
11 Ralph Krueger[25][26] 2012–13 48 19 22 7 0.469[H]
12 Dallas Eakins[27][28] 2013–14 to 2014–15[I] 113 36 63 14 0.381[J]
13 Todd Nelson 2014–15 current season in progress

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Watson coached the first 18 games of the 1980–81 season and was replaced by Sather.
  2. ^ Green coached the first 24 games of the 1993–94 season and was replaced by Sather.
  3. ^ Burnett coached the first 35 games of the 1994–95 season and was replaced by Low.
  4. ^ Lowe's win/loss/tie record is 32–34–16 for a winning percentage of 0.488.
  5. ^ MacTavish's win/loss/tie record is 301–273–82 for a winning percentage of 0.521.
  6. ^ Quinn's win/loss/tie record is 27–55–0 for a winning percentage of 0.329.
  7. ^ Renney's win/loss/tie record is 57–107–0 for a winning percentage of 0.348.
  8. ^ Krueger's win/loss/tie record is 19–29–0 for a winning percentage of 0.396.
  9. ^ Eakins coached the first 31 games of the 2014–15 season and was replaced by Nelson.
  10. ^ Eakins' win/loss/tie record is 36–77–0 for a winning percentage of 0.319.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHA Oilers Page - Coaches". "The Home of the Oilers". Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  2. ^ "Glen "Slats" Sather—Foundation of the Dynasty". Edmonton Oilers Heritage. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Trophies - Jack Adams Award". NHL.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Oilers relieve MacTavish of head coaching duties". edmontonoilers.com. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Glen Sather's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Glen Sather Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Bryan Watson's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Bryan Watson Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  9. ^ "John Muckler's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  10. ^ "John Muckler Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  11. ^ "Ted Green's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Ted Green Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  13. ^ "George Burnett's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  14. ^ "George Burnett Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  15. ^ "Ron Low's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  16. ^ "Ron Low Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  17. ^ "Kevin Lowe's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  18. ^ "Kevin Lowe Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  19. ^ "Craig MacTavish's profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  20. ^ "Craig MacTavish Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  21. ^ "Pat Quinn hockey statistics & profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  22. ^ "Pat Quinn NHL & WHA Hockey Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  23. ^ "Tom Renney hockey statistics & profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  24. ^ "Tom Renney Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  25. ^ "Ralph Krueger hockey statistics & profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  26. ^ "Ralph Krueger Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  27. ^ "Dallas Eakins hockey statistics & profile". The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  28. ^ "Dallas Eakins Coaching Record". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 

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