Glen Sather of High River,
Alberta, rose to the challenge of being a player-coach.
through the leadership skills that he presented, he rapidly rose to
the position of general manager. In 1996, Kevin Lowe
to a much different Oilers team than he had played with
from 1979-1992. Edmonton was dealing with the economic
realities of a small-market franchise and there was even
danger of losing the franchise. Like Sather, Lowe would
become a coach first and then a general manager. While
Sather has already left his legacy, Lowe has just begun.
To date, the Oilers have named only 4 people
to the position of GM but all are linked by their "franchise-first" philosophy.
All have dealt with making tough personnel decisions, balancing the teamís
payroll and the high expectations of icing a competitive and
entertaining team in the heartland of hockey. Join us in
this section as we explore the lives and careers of
these four extraordinary individuals and their unique
contributions to the shape and legacy of the Edmonton