Edmonton Oilers

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Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers logo
founding 1st November 1971
history Alberta Oilers
1972 - 1973
Edmonton Oilers
since 1973
Stadion Rogers Place
Location Edmonton , Alberta
Team colors Blue, orange, white
league World Hockey Association
National Hockey League
(since 1979)
Conference Western Conference
division Pacific Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Dave Tippett
Team captain CanadaCanada Connor McDavid
General manager CanadaCanada Ken Holland
owner CanadaCanada Oilers Entertainment Group
Cooperations Bakersfield Condors ( AHL )
Wichita Thunder ( ECHL )
National Hockey League
Stanley Cups 1984 , 1985 , 1987 , 1988 , 1990
Conference title 1982/83 , 1983/84 , 1984/85 ,
1986/87 , 1987/88 , 1989/90 ,
Division title 1981/82 , 1982/83 , 1983/84 ,
1984/85 , 1985/86 , 1986/87
World Hockey Association
Avco World Trophies no
Division title 1978/79

The Edmonton Oilers ( IPA : [ˈɛdməntən ɔɪlɚs] ) are a Canadian ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Edmonton in the province of Alberta . It was founded on November 1, 1971 as a franchise of the World Hockey Association under the name Alberta Oilers and began playing at the beginning of the 1972/73 season . In 1973 the name was changed to the current name. After the dissolution of the WHA in 1979, the Oilers were included together with three other teams in the NHL, where they competed for the first time for the 1979/80 season. The team colors are blue, orange and white.

The Oilers play their home games at Rogers Place and are one of seven franchises based in Canada. They are also the most northerly of all 31 teams. After years of mediocrity in the WHA, the franchise built a strong team around the young Wayne Gretzky after moving to the NHL , which won four Stanley Cups in a total of five finals in the 1980s . After the departure of their former star, the Oilers won their fifth title in the 1989/90 season . In the following years they could not build on these successes and have since won no further title.

In 2006 the team reached the final series for the first time in 16 years. This was followed by another dry spell, and it wasn't until 2016/17 that the Oilers made it back to the play-offs .


The first and again current logo of the Oilers (1972–1996; since 2011)

WHA years

In 1972 the Alberta Oilers joined as a founding member of the World Hockey Association . Owner was at the time Bill Hunter , the one NHL - Franchise wanted to open, but did not get the contract. The team was initially called Alberta Oilers , as it was planned to play games in Edmonton and Calgary , but there was never a game in Calgary; this project had been abandoned before the start of the World Hockey Association. Ray Kinasewich became the first head coach . For the 1973/74 season , the team's name was changed to Edmonton Oilers.

The athletic performance of the Oilers in the WHA was initially average. The playoffs were missed twice, the team was eliminated twice in the first round. Before the beginning of the 1977/78 season , in addition to the Edmonton Oilers, the Nordiques de Québec , New England Whalers , Winnipeg Jets , Houston Eros and Cincinnati Stingers were considered potential candidates for inclusion in the National Hockey League. The admission fee is said to have been around 2.9 million US dollars. Harold Ballard , owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs , managed to convince the NHL officials at a meeting and initially prevent a merger of the two leagues. Thereupon there was even a possible dissolution of the Oilers in the room. Shortly before the start of the 1977/78 season, the WHA published two fixtures: one with the Edmonton Oilers and one without the Alberta team.

In the 1978/79 season , the new team owner Peter Pocklington made one of the most important transfers in the history of the franchise. The Oilers signed 17-year-old striker Wayne Gretzky from the Indianapolis Racers alongside Eddie Mio and Peter Driscoll . Since the NHL teams were only allowed to sign players who were 18 years old according to internal league rules, Indianapolis struck before. However, the team was close to bankruptcy and so Gretzky was sold to Edmonton.

The Oilers played one of their best WHA seasons and finished in first place at the end of the season. They made it to the final of the AVCO World Trophy , but failed there because of the Winnipeg Jets . Gretzky was awarded the Lou Kaplan Trophy as the best rookie and was the third best scorer of the season.

In the summer of 1979, the WHA stopped the game operations and in addition to the Oilers, the Québec Nordiques , Winnipeg Jets and Hartford Whalers were included in the NHL.

Successful entry into the NHL

At the beginning of their first season in 1979/80 , the Oilers had talented young players in their ranks with Gretzky, Mark Messier and Kevin Lowe , who were supplemented in 1980 by rookies such as Jari Kurri , Glenn Anderson and Paul Coffey . In 1981, a young goalkeeper was added with Grant Fuhr . These young stars were to form the core of the team and developed into one of the best teams of the eighties.

In their first season, the Oilers made it to the playoffs, in which they failed at the Philadelphia Flyers . Wayne Gretzky received the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the league after the season at the age of 19 .

A statue of Wayne Gretzky with the Stanley Cup in front of the Oilers ice rink

Stanley Cup years

In 1983, the Oilers moved into the Stanley Cup final for the first time . There they failed because of the New York Islanders , who realized their fourth success in a row. The following year, the Islanders were defeated 4-1 in the final series, whereby the team from Edmonton won the first Stanley Cup.

In 1985, the Oilers repeated the success when they beat the Philadelphia Flyers. In the 1985/86 season , Gretzky improved the record for most assists in a season to 163 and the record for most points in a season to 215. He and the Oilers failed to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in a row when they were eliminated in the final of the Smythe Division.

In 1987, the Oilers returned to the Stanley Cup final and won the series against Philadelphia in the seventh game. In the 1987/88 season they won the fourth Stanley Cup with only two defeats in the overall finals. After the Oilers had won two home games and the first away game at the Boston Bruins , they went to the second game on foreign ice. When the score was 3: 3 in the second third, there was a power outage, which led to the game being canceled. The league president decided that the game should be rescheduled after the next home game of the Oilers. This was prevented by a victory for the Oilers in the following game.

The transfer - Gretzky to LA

After the Stanley Cup victory, Wayne Gretzky was transferred to the Los Angeles Kings on August 9, 1988 . Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski were part of the transfer business . Edmonton received $ 15 million, with Martin Gélinas and Jimmy Carson two young players, and first-round voting rights for 1989, 1991 and 1993. Carson played two years in Edmonton before he was transferred to the Detroit Red Wings . Gélinas played five years for the Oilers, but only reached the mark of 20 goals in one season. The first round draft pick from 1989 was transferred to the New Jersey Devils , for which Edmonton received Corey Foster . The other two draft picks were used to select Martin Ručínský in 1991 and Nick Stajduhar in 1993 . Ručínský was transferred to the Québec Nordiques in 1991. With Gretzky, a player who had been an important part of the team for years had left the Oilers.

An era comes to an end

In 1989, the Oilers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the 1989/90 season , goalkeeper Grant Fuhr was convicted of drug possession and abuse and in 1991 transferred to Toronto. The team reached the Stanley Cup final, where they met the Boston Bruins . As in 1988, the Oilers won the final. Bill Ranford , who had taken over the post of goalkeeper from Fuhr, was honored as the most valuable player in the playoffs with the Conn Smythe Trophy .

After that it was quiet about the franchise. The players' salaries rose rapidly and since the Oilers were located in a market that did not generate enough money to keep up with the rich teams, many of the pillars of recent years, such as Jari Kurri, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson, left in a short time the Oilers.

Rebuilding & difficulties

After the departures, a rebuilding was started. Although they made it to the conference finals in 1991 and 1992 , they missed the playoffs for the first time since they were part of the NHL in the 1992/93 season. Despite talented players such as Jason Arnott and Doug Weight , they could not reach the playoffs until 1997.

In addition to the difficulties in the athletic field, there were problems besides the ice cream when the meat products company was embroiled in scandals and corruption proceedings by team owner Pocklington. In 1998 the team was almost sold to prospects in Houston who were planning to relocate the team to Houston. Shortly before the sale, the Edmonton Investors Group, a consortium of 37 Edmonton-based owners, got into the negotiations and bought the Oilers, guaranteeing that the team could stay in Edmonton.

In 1997 things went uphill again. They reached the playoffs again and moved into the second round thanks to good performances from goalkeeper Curtis Joseph . The first round against the Dallas Stars was an even series. In the third game, the Oilers were down 0-3 five minutes before the end of the game, were able to equalize in the last three minutes and finally won the game in extra time. After six games it was 3-3 and it was the decisive seventh game. It was characteristic of the series that the decision for the Oilers was only brought about in the extension. In the second round they met defending champions Colorado Avalanche, to whom they lost in five games.

The following year they met Colorado in the first round and this time emerged victorious. In the second round you had to admit defeat to Dallas. Between 1997 and 2003, the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers met six times, five of them in the first round. Only in 2002 did they not meet because both teams missed the playoffs.

On October 22, 2003, the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Heritage Classic , the first outdoor ice hockey game in NHL history. The Oilers faced the Montréal Canadiens in the game, which took place in front of a record crowd of 57,000 at the Commonwealth Stadium . Montréal won the game 4-3.

In July 2004, the Edmonton Oilers announced that the Toronto Roadrunners , the Oilers ' farm team in the American Hockey League , would play their home games at the Oilers' stadium. This was an unusual decision, but it was due to management speculating that the 2004/05 season would be canceled due to the lockout . The team renamed itself Edmonton Road Runners and booked good attendance numbers with over 8500 fans on average at the end of the season, although the sporting success did not materialize. The Road Runners stopped playing in the summer of 2005.

The new NHL

The lockout came about because the teams, the players and the league could not agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement . In February 2005 the season was finally canceled and a new CBA was not decided until July 2005. In the new CBA, among other things, an upper salary limit has been set for all teams.

Before the 2005/06 season , the Oilers strengthened their squad by Chris Pronger and Michael Peca . The Oilers reached the last playoff place in the Western Conference that season.

Reaching for the Stanley Cup

With the Detroit Red Wings, the best team of the regular season and thus also the top favorite waited for the Stanley Cup in the first round. The Oilers beat the Red Wings in six games. In the second round, the San Jose Sharks were the opponents, who had top scorer Joe Thornton and top scorer Jonathan Cheechoo in their ranks. The Oilers won the series in six games. In the conference final, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim were defeated in five encounters and the entry into the Stanley Cup final was realized.

In the final, the Edmonton Oilers faced the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the first Stanley Cup final to be played between two former WHA teams. In the first game the Oilers led 3-0, but in the last third it was balanced 4-4. Five minutes before the end of the game, Oilers defender Marc-André Bergeron clashed with Carolinas Andrew Ladd , who clashed with goalkeeper Dwayne Roloson. Roloson was injured in this collision and had to leave the ice injured. Replacement goalkeeper Ty Conklin lost the puck behind his goal 30 seconds before the end and Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour hit the empty goal to make it 5-4.

After the Oilers lost their second game in Carolina with 0-5, they shortened the series to 1-2 in their own stadium. The fifth game was 3-3 after 60 minutes and the Hurricanes were one goal away from the Stanley Cup when it went into overtime. The Oilers won this game and equalized the series in Edmonton with a 4-0 shutout win. In the decisive seventh game it was not enough for the Oilers and the Hurricanes celebrated their first Stanley Cup victory.

Two days after the last game, star defender Chris Pronger asked management for a transfer to another team. Pronger left the team for Anaheim.

Relapse into weaker years

The Oilers started well with their newly formed team in the 2006/07 season and had 16 wins in 28 games by the beginning of December. In the next three weeks, the team collapsed and lost eight out of ten games. Contract negotiations with striker Ryan Smyth , whose contract expired at the end of the season, progressed slowly and came to no result until the day the transfer closed. 20 minutes before the transfer deadline, the Oilers transferred Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders.

From a sporting point of view, the Oilers then continued to decline, as they only won five points (two wins, one defeat in extra time) in the remaining 19 games of the season after leaving Smyth. This season a total of 14 rookies came to at least one game in the NHL. At the end of the season you had to accept the worst placement of the franchise in NHL history. Twelfth place in the Western Conference and a total of 25th place in the league were negative records to date.

Logo of the Oilers from 1996 to 2011

For the 2007-08 season Sheldon Souray signed a five-year contract worth $ 27 million as a free agent with the Oilers. Management caused a stir at the end of July when the Oilers Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks submitted an offer sheet with an offer for a five-year contract for 21.5 million US dollars. After the first half of the season they were last division and were in the Western Conference on the penultimate place.

At the end of the main round, the Oilers were in ninth place in the Western Conference, tied with the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks and missed the playoffs for the second time in a row. In the 2008/09 season, the Oilers did not reach the playoffs again. As a consequence, coach Craig MacTavish was sacked by the Oilers. The following season saw two cases of swine flu and injuries. The Oilers finished the season last in the entire NHL. In the 2010 NHL Entry Draft , the Oilers secured first position the rights to attacker Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires . The 2010/11 season was another setback, due to injury, a total of 35 players were used for the Oilers in the NHL this season.

For the 2011/12 season Ryan Smyth returned to the Oilers. But the newcomers Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins couldn't prevent the Oilers from ending the season as the second worst team in the Western Conference. Ralph Krueger was signed as the new head coach . The 2012/13 season was shortened to 48 games due to a lockout . The Oilers were able to improve by two places compared to the previous season, but missed the playoffs significantly. Coach Krueger was fired after just a year and replaced by Dallas Eakins . The 2013/14 season did not bring any significant improvements either, rather the Oilers fell back to penultimate place in the Western Conference. With the third right to vote in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft , the Oilers chose Leon Draisaitl , the German ice hockey player with the highest draft to date.

The 2014/15 season was largely similar to the previous one. In December 2014, coach Eakins was sacked; his position was filled by Todd Nelson for the remainder of the season . The most important new addition was the center forward Connor McDavid , whom they selected in first position in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft .

The McDavid era begins

At the beginning of the 2015/16 season, General Manager Craig MacTavish was fired and replaced by Peter Chiarelli ; Todd McLellan took over the position of head coach. A number of injuries to important players prevented them from getting into the play-offs. Only two Oilers, Taylor Hall and Mark Letestu , who was signed as a free agent before the start of the season , played all 82 games of the season. McDavid himself was out for 37 games with a broken collarbone. The Oilers finished the season on the penultimate conference place.

Led by Connor McDavid, who was named the youngest team captain in NHL history before the start of the season, the Oilers finished fourth in the Western Conference in the 2016/17 season and made the playoffs for the first time in eleven years. McDavid scored exactly 100 points with 30 goals and 70 assists, winning both the Art Ross Trophy , the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award . In the playoffs, the Oilers first beat the San Jose Sharks in six games, but lost in the second round in seven games against the Anaheim Ducks.

After the season, the Oilers signed both McDavid and Draisaitl for eight years after their entry-level contracts ended , with McDavid receiving $ 12.5 million a year, Draisaitl $ 8.5 million. This made the two the highest-paid duo in the league (along with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks ).

In the 2017/18 season, the Oilers suffered a setback. Several players, including goalkeeper Cam Talbot, were unable to repeat their strong performances from the previous season. The team was particularly weak in the over- and undernumbered game; In January 2018, their outnumbered success rate in home games was only 54.2%, the worst rate ever recorded in the NHL.


The Rexall Place (2010)

From 1972 to 1974, the club played in Edmonton Gardens , which opened in 1913 and had a capacity of 5,200 seats for ice hockey events.

The Oilers played their home games from November 1974 to 2016 at Rexall Place , a 16,839-seat multi-purpose arena . After the opening, the seating capacity was 15,200; this was temporarily increased to 17,353. Until 1995 the hall was called Northlands Coliseum . After being renamed Edmonton Coliseum for three years , the naming rights went to Skyreach, which gave the hall the name Skyreach Center . Most recently, the name rights to the arena were held by the drugstore chain Rexall .

After several years of negotiations and disputes between the city and the Oilers over a new home for the ice hockey team, the breakthrough was announced on February 11, 2014. It was agreed to build a new multifunctional arena in the city center called Rogers Place . Preparatory work on the construction site began on March 3, 2014. According to the tight schedule, the new building was completed in September 2016, in time for the 2016/17 NHL season .

Farm teams

The Oilers, like all other NHL teams, also include teams in lower-class leagues , so-called farm teams . In the case of the Oilers, these have been the Bakersfield Condors in the American Hockey League and the Wichita Thunder in the ECHL since 2015 . The farm teams are often used in the NHL to prepare the young players and rookies for the NHL games. Like the other franchises, the Oilers draw their offspring primarily through the NHL Entry Drafts , through which the most promising young players enter the league every year.

Period team league
1973-1975 Winston-Salem Polar Twins SHL
1974-1975 Flint Generals IHL
1975-1976 Greensboro Generals SHL
1975-1977 Spokane Flyers WIHL
1976-1977 Beauce Jaros NEAR
1976-1977 Baltimore Clippers SHL
1977-1988 Hampton Gulls SHL
1978-1979 Springfield Indians AHL
1978-1979 Dallas Black Hawks CHL
1979-1980 Houston Apollos CHL
1980-1982 Wichita wind CHL
1980-1984 Milwaukee Admirals IHL
Period team league
1982-1984 Moncton Alpines AHL
1984-1988 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL
1985-1987 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL
1987-1988 Milwaukee Admirals IHL
1988-1996 Cape Breton Oilers AHL
1989-1990 Phoenix Roadrunners IHL
1990-1991 Kansas City Blades IHL
1994-1996 Wheeling Thunderbirds ECHL
1996-1998 Wheeling Nailers ECHL
1996-2003 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL
1998-1999 New Orleans Brass ECHL
1999-2001 Tallahassee Tiger Sharks ECHL
Period team league
2001-2004 Columbus Cottonmouths ECHL
2002-2009 Odessa Jackalopes CHL
2003-2004 Toronto Roadrunners AHL
2004-2005 Edmonton Roadrunners AHL
2004-2006 Greenville Grrrowl ECHL
2005-2006 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL
2005-2006 Iowa stars AHL
2006-2013 Stockton Thunder ECHL
2007-2010 Springfield Falcons AHL
2010-2015 Oklahoma City Barons AHL
2013-2015 Bakersfield Condors ECHL
since 2015 Bakersfield Condors AHL
2015-2017 Norfolk Admirals ECHL
since 2017 Wichita Thunder ECHL

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The Edmonton Oilers celebrated their first major success in the NHL in the 1982/83 season with their first participation in the final of the Stanley Cup and the associated win of the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl . Their opponents in the finals were the New York Islanders , who won their fourth title in a row this year. The Oilers couldn't win a single game. A year later, the two teams faced each other again in the finals. This time Edmonton won the series 4-1 and won the Stanley Cup for the first time - at the same time the beginning of a dynasty in the 1980s. The following year, the Oilers managed to defend their title. Opponents in the finals this time with the Philadelphia Flyers were the best team of the regular season. As in the previous year, the Oilers prevailed 4: 1.

With 56 wins in 80 games this season, Edmonton won the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in the 1985/86 season . The team was nine points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. With 50 victories in the following season, the Oilers defended the Presidents' Trophy and made it into the finals again that year. There they met again like two years before the Philadelphia Flyers, who were the second best team of the season by six points in the regular season. The Oilers had to go the full seven game distance to win their third Stanley Cup. The Oilers defended their title in the 1987/88 season . The fact that they needed five games against the Boston Bruins was due to a power outage that ended the fourth game without a decision. In the fifth game, the Oilers came to the decisive fourth victory.

After the departure of Wayne Gretzky , the Oilers were no longer among the favorites, but the team won its fifth and so far last Stanley Cup in the 1989/90 season . Opponents were again the Boston Bruins, who were defeated 4-1.

In the 2005/06 season , the Edmonton Oilers reached the playoffs as a team placed eighth in the Western Conference . With a strong performance they won their seventh Clarence S. Campbell Bowl, but lost in the final series for the second time in their history. They lost 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes .

The Oilers finished the regular season as the best team in their division six times, most recently in the 1986/87 season .

Player trophies

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Wayne Gretzky 1980-1988 8th 9 1 10
Mark Messier 1982-1991 8th 2 5 7th
Jari Kurri 1983-1990 6th 1 3 4th
Kevin Lowe 1984-1990 6th 0 2 2
Grant drove 1982-1989 6th - - -
Paul Coffey 1982-1986 5 0 4th 4th
Glenn Anderson 1984-1988 4th 0 2 2
Doug Weight 1996-2001 3 1 3 4th

From the ranks of the Oilers, 23 field players and four goalkeepers were in the squad at an NHL All-Star Game . The field players came to 54 missions in which they scored 16 goals and 31 assists. The goalkeepers also bring in eleven missions. Seven rookies or sophomores of the Oilers have so far been in the squad for the YoungStars Game, which has been played since 2002.

With eight appearances each for the Oilers, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are the players who can look back on the most appearances in the team's history. With ten points, Gretzky is also the most successful player.

The first all-star game after the Oilers were admitted to the NHL took place in 1980 . With Wayne Gretzky and Blair MacDonald , two Oilers players were in the squad. A year later, Gretzky scored the first scorer point for an Oilers player with a template, and another year later he scored the first goal.

Wayne Gretzky set some records in the all-star game during his time in Edmonton. So Gretzky got 25 scorer points, ten of them from the time in Edmonton. He also scored nine of his 13 goals during this time. Only Mario Lemieux also managed 13. In the 1983 All-Star Game , Gretzky scored four goals in a single game. No one else scored more than four goals in a third. Some players set the record of four goals in a game and four points in a third, but couldn't beat them.

With Wayne Gretzky (1983) and Grant Fuhr (1986) a player of the Oilers was twice the most valuable player of the All-Star-Game. Glen Sather coached the All-Star Game five times . He was nominated at the 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989 Games. In 1991 John Muckler looked after the All-Star Team.

At the 40th National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1989, the Oilers hosted the event.

In 1987, the All-Star Game was replaced by the Rendez-vous '87 , in which an NHL selection played against the Soviet national team. With Grant Fuhr , Glenn Anderson , Mark Messier, Esa Tikkanen , Jari Kurri and Wayne Gretzky, six Oilers players were in the NHL selection. No other NHL team has nominated so many players.

Franchise records

In the following, selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed.


Wayne Gretzky holds numerous records with the Oilers
Surname number
Most games Kevin Lowe 1,037 (in 15 seasons)
Most consecutive games Craig MacTavish 518 (October 12, 1986 to January 2, 1993)
Most goals Wayne Gretzky 583
Most templates Wayne Gretzky 1,086
Most of the points Wayne Gretzky 1,669 (583 goals + 1,086 assists)
Most penalty minutes Kelly Buchberger 1,747
Most shutouts Tommy Salo 23


Surname number season
Most goals Wayne Gretzky 92 1981/82
Most templates Wayne Gretzky 163 1985/86
Most of the points Wayne Gretzky 215 (52 goals + 163 assists) 1985/86
Most points as a rookie Jari Kurri 75 (32 goals + 43 assists) 1980/81
Most points as a defender Paul Coffey 138 (48 goals + 90 assists) 1985/86
Most penalty minutes Steve Smith 286 1987/88
Most wins as a goalkeeper Cam Talbot 42 2016/17


Abbreviations: GP = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Win% = win rate


Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GP W. L. T Pts Win% GP W. L.
Ray Kinasewich 1972/73 78 38 37 3 79 48.7 1 0 1
Brian C. Shaw 1973/74 * –1974 / 75 * 137 68 63 6th 142 49.6 5 1 4th
Bill Hunter 1974/75 * 19th 6th 12 1 13 31.6 - - -
Clare Drake 1975/76 * 48 18th 28 2 38 37.5 - - -
Bill Hunter 1975/76 * 33 9 21st 3 21st 27.3 4th 0 4th
Bep Guidolin 1976/77 * 63 25th 36 2 52 39.7 - - -
Glen Sather 1976/77 * -1978 / 79 178 95 76 7th 197 53.4 10 2 8th

* Change during the current season


Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GP W. L. T OTL Pts Win% GP W. L.
Glen Sather 1979/80 80 28 39 13 - 61 35.0 3 0 3
Bryan Watson 1980/81 * 18th 4th 9 5 - 13 22.2 - - -
Glen Sather 1980/81 * -1988 / 89 702 414 202 86 - 922 59.0 124 89 34
John Muckler 1989 / 90–1990 / 91 160 75 65 20th - 170 46.9 40 25th 15th
Ted Green 1991 / 92–1993 / 94 * 188 65 102 21st - 151 34.6 16 8th 8th
Glen Sather 1993/94 * 60 22nd 27 11 - 55 36.7 - - -
George Burnett 1994/95 * 35 12 20th 3 - 27 34.3 - - -
Ron Low 1994/95 * -1998 / 99 341 139 162 40 - 318 40.8 28 10 18th
Kevin Lowe 1999/00 82 32 26th 16 8th 88 39.0 5 1 4th
Craig MacTavish 2000/01–2008/09 656 301 252 47 56 705 45.9 30th 17th 13
Pat Quinn 2009/10 82 27 47 - 8th 62 32.9 - - -
Tom Renney 2010 / 11–2011 / 12 164 57 85 - 22nd 136 34.8 - - -
Ralph Krueger 2012/13 48 19th 22nd - 7th 45 39.6 - - -
Dallas Eakins 2013 / 14–2014 / 15 * 112 36 63 - 14th 86 32.1 - - -
Todd Nelson 2014/15 * –2015 / 16 42 17th 25th - 9 43 40.5 - - -
Todd McLellan 2015 / 16–2018 / 19 * 266 123 119 - 24 270 46.2 13 7th 6th
Ken Hitchcock 2018/19 * 62 26th 28 - 8th 60 41.9 - - -
Dave Tippett since 2019/20 71 37 25th - 9 83 52.1 4th 1 3

General manager

Surname season
Bill Hunter 1972 / 73-1975 / 76
Bep Guidolin 1976/77
Brian Conacher 1977/78
Larry Gordon 1978 / 79–1979 / 80
Glen Sather 1980 / 81-1999 / 00
Kevin Lowe 2000/01/2007/08
Steve Tambellini 2008 / 09–2012 / 13 *
Craig MacTavish 2012/13 * –2014 / 15
Peter Chiarelli 2015 / 16–2018 / 19 *
Ken Holland since 2019/20

* Change during the current season

Since their move from the World Hockey Association to the National Hockey League in the 1979/80 season , the Edmonton Oilers only employed five different general managers.

After the first season in the NHL, head coach Glen Sather replaced the then general manager Larry Gordon . Sather held this position for 20 seasons and led the team during the successful period when the Oilers won the Stanley Cup four times in the second half of the 1980s . With successful transfer deals and good elections in the NHL Entry Drafts , he played a major role in the team's success at the time. In 2000, Sather moved to the New York Rangers . With Kevin Lowe , the previous coach and record player followed him as general manager. He subsequently promoted his assistant coach and long-time teammate Craig MacTavish to the new head coach. When Daryl Katz took over the Oilers in the summer of 2008, Lowe was promoted to President of Ice Hockey Affairs for the organization. Steve Tambellini from Vancouver was hired as the new general manager . After that, the position was filled by former Oilers coach Craig MacTavish, who succeeded Tambellini in April 2013. MacTavish was sacked after the 2014-15 season and replaced by Peter Chiarelli , who had only recently been sacked by the Boston Bruins . Chiarelli managed the team until January 2019, when he was relieved of his duties after a lack of sporting success. He was succeeded by Ken Holland .


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
19th FinlandFinland Mikko Koskinen G July 18, 1988 2018 Vantaa , Finland
41 CanadaCanada Mike Smith G March 22, 1982 2019 Kingston , Ontario , Canada
74 CanadaCanada Ethan Bear D. June 26, 1997 2016 Regina , Saskatchewan , Canada
83 CanadaCanada Matt Benning D. May 25, 1994 2016 Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
77 SwedenSweden Oscar Klefbom D. July 20, 1993 2012 Karlstad , Sweden
6th SwedenSweden Adam LarssonA. D. November 12, 1992 2016 Skelleftea , Sweden
26th CanadaCanada Brandon Manning D. 04th June 1990 2018 Prince George , British Columbia , Canada
25th CanadaCanada Darnell NurseA D. 0February 4, 1995 2013 Hamilton , Ontario , Canada
4th CanadaCanada Kris Russell D. 0May 2, 1987 2016 Caroline , Alberta , Canada
15th Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Josh Archibald RW 0October 6, 1992 2019 Regina , Saskatchewan , Canada
28 CanadaCanada Andreas Athanasiou C. 0August 6, 1994 2020 London , Ontario , Canada
39 CanadaCanada Alex Chiasson RW 0October 1, 1990 2018 Montreal , Quebec , Canada
29 GermanyGermany Leon DraisaitlA C. October 27, 1995 2014 Cologne , Germany
63 CanadaCanada Tyler Ennis LW 0October 6, 1989 2020 Edmonton , Alberta , Canada
91 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Gaetan Haas C. January 31, 1992 2019 Bonfol , Switzerland
44 CanadaCanada Zack Kassian RW January 24, 1991 2015 Windsor , Ontario , Canada
16 CanadaCanada Jujhar Khaira LW August 13, 1994 2013 Surrey , British Columbia , Canada
97 CanadaCanada Connor McDavidC. C. January 13, 1997 2015 Richmond Hill , Ontario , Canada
18th CanadaCanada James Neal RW 03rd September 1987 2019 Whitby , Ontario , Canada
93 CanadaCanada Ryan Nugent-HopkinsA C. April 12, 1993 2011 Burnaby , British Columbia , Canada
10 SwedenSweden Joakim Nygård LW 0January 8, 1993 2019 Stockholm , Sweden
52 DenmarkDenmark Patrick Russell RW 04th January 1993 2016 Birkerød , Denmark
23 CanadaCanada Riley Sheahan C. 0December 7, 1991 2019 St. Catharines , Ontario , Canada

Team captains

year Surname
1972-1976 Al Hamilton
1976-1977 Glen Sather
1977-1979 Paul Shmyr
1979-1980 Ron Chipperfield
1980-1981 Blair MacDonald
1981-1983 Lee Fogolin
1983-1988 Wayne Gretzky
1988-1991 Mark Messier
1991-1992 Kevin Lowe
1992-1994 Craig MacTavish
year Surname
1994-1995 Shayne Corson
1995-1999 Kelly Buchberger
1999-2001 Doug Weight
2001-2007 Jason Smith
2007-2010 Ethan Moreau
2010-2013 Shawn Horcoff
2013-2015 Andrew Ference
2015-2016 four assistant captains
since 2016 Connor McDavid

In the history of the Edmonton Oilers, in both the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League, there have been 18 different players who have held the office of team captain. At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Connor McDavid was appointed captain, making him the youngest captain in NHL history.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Surname Recording date position
Glenn Anderson November 10, 2008 player
Paul Coffey November 8, 2004 player
Grant drove November 3, 2003 player
Wayne Gretzky November 22, 1999 player
Jari Kurri November 12, 2001 player
Mark Messier November 12, 2007 player
Adam Oates November 12, 2012 player
Rod Phillips November 3, 2003 Sports journalist
Jacques Plante 1978 player
Chris Pronger 2015 player
Glen Sather November 17, 1997 Player
general manager
Norm Ullman 1982 player

To date, eleven players and one Edmonton Oilers official have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame .

Blocked jersey numbers

No. Surname Blocking date
3 Al Hamilton 1980 (ceremonial on April 4, 2001)
7th Paul Coffey October 18, 2005
9 Glenn Anderson January 18, 2009
11 Mark Messier February 27, 2007
17th Jari Kurri October 6, 2001
31 Grant drove October 9, 2003
99 Wayne Gretzky October 1, 1999
February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

These numbers hang as banners in Rogers Place and will no longer be given to any Edmonton Oilers player. Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was banned by the Edmonton Oilers on October 1, 1999 and by the NHL on February 6, 2000.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

Franchise top point collector

The ten best point collectors in the history of the Oilers by the end of the 2019/20 regular season and the 2020 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Wayne Gretzky C. 1979 / 80-1987 / 88 696 583 1086 1669 2.39
Jari Kurri RW 1980 / 81-1989 / 90 754 474 569 1043 1.38
Mark Messier C. 1979 / 80-1990 / 91 851 392 642 1034 1.21
Glenn Anderson W. 1980 / 81-1990 / 91 845 417 489 906 1.07
Paul Coffey D. 1980 / 81-1986 / 87 532 209 460 669 1.25
Ryan Smyth LW 1994 / 95-2006 / 07 971 296 335 631 0.65
2011 / 12–2013 / 14
Doug Weight C. 1992 / 93-2000 / 01 588 157 420 577 0.98
Aleš Hemský RW 2002 / 03–2013 / 14 652 142 335 477 0.76
Connor McDavid C. since 2015/16 351 162 307 469 1.34
Shawn Horcoff C. 2000 / 01–2012 / 13 796 162 285 447 0.56


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Wayne Gretzky C. 120 81 171 252 2.10
Mark Messier C. 166 80 135 215 1.29
Jari Kurri RW 146 92 110 202 1.38
Glenn Anderson W. 164 81 102 183 1.11
Paul Coffey D. 94 36 67 103 1.09
Esa Tikkanen LW 114 51 46 97 0.85
Charlie Huddy D. 138 16 61 77 0.55
Craig Simpson LW 67 36 32 68 1.01
Randy Gregg D. 130 13 39 52 0.40
Kevin Lowe D. 172 9 43 52 0.30


  • Dan Diamond (Ed.): Dan Diamond: Total NHL: The ultimate source on the National Hockey League 2003, Triumph Books, ISBN 978-1-57243-604-6 .

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g Dan Diamond: Total NHL: The ultimate source on the National Hockey League 2003, p. 270
  2. sbnation.com: Edmonton Oilers have the NHL's worst home penalty kill percentage in history Article from January 24, 2018 (English)
  3. hockey.ballparks.com: Data on Edmonton Gardens (English)
  4. edmonton.ca: Rogers Place Construction Starts March 3, 2014 ( Memento from March 5, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Article from February 28, 2014 (English)
  5. azhockey.com, List of the Edmonton Oilers farm teams ( Memento of October 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  6. ^ World Hockey Association (1972-1979) , p. 414
  7. ^ A b c d Scott Surgent: The World Hockey Association Fact Book. 2010, p. 24, ISBN 978-0-9644774-8-3