The coaches throughout the Edmonton
Oilers’ history share many common characteristics. Most
have either played or coached in Alberta prior to going
behind the bench, and each has distinctly contributed to the unique style and energy
ever-changing Oilers squad.
The first coach in franchise history
Kinasewich, who guided junior hockey’s Edmonton
Oil Kings to a Memorial Cup in 1966. The most recent is
Craig MacTavish, who helped the Oilers win Stanley Cups
in 1987, 1988 and 1990.
Sather, a native of High River, Alberta, coached the Oilers to four Stanley Cup
championships from 1984-1988. He coached the club for 11
seasons in the
National Hockey League
(NHL) and three in the
World Hockey Association (WHA). Sather’s career coaching
record with Edmonton is 464-268-110 in the regular
season and 89-37 in playoff action.
Muckler, who had served as an
assistant under Sather in the 1980s, coached the Oilers
to their last Stanley Cup in 1990. Kevin
had played for Muckler in 1990, coached Edmonton in
before becoming the general manager.
In this section, we will highlight the
careers of these talented players, mentors, drill-sergeants,
and taskmasters, and pay homage to the many talented
coaches the Oilers have had over the years.