5 things to know about new Edmonton Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock


The Edmonton Oilers have fired Head Coach Todd McLellan and hired Ken Hitchcock to replace him. The Edmonton native is the third winningest coach in National Hockey League history with 823 and won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. After 9-10-1 start, a third season was beginning to slip away in the four years since the greatest player in the world was drafted by the Oilers. Hitchcock has amassed just over 900 wins in his 22 years of coaching.

McLellan joins Mike Yeo, Joel Quenneville and Jon Stevens on the list of fired coaches over a span of 18 days after not a single bench boss was sacked in-season past year. The team's lone playoff appearance during McLellan's tenure was in 2016-17 when they lost a second-round matchup with the Ducks in seven games. The Stars narrowly missed the playoffs with 92 points and Hitchcock announced his short-lived retirement from coaching in April.

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Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli will speak to media at 11 a.m.