Oilers Re-Sign Head Coach For The Long Term

After taking over on Feb. 10th, Edmonton Oilers "interim" coach Jay Woodcroft engineered a dramatic turnaround for the club, now earning himself a three-year contract extension to continue as head coach.

The Oilers were struggling, six points out of a playoff spot, when they fired Dave Tippett and allowed Woodcroft to take over. From there, the team went on a 5-game win streak, and went 26-9-3 under Woody's guidance, finishing 2nd in the Pacific Division, and then going on a playoff run to the Conference Finals. 

Woodcroft cut his teeth running a bench with the Oilers' top affiliate the Bakersfield Condors for 3 1/2 years. He ran off a 124-83-24 record in California.

The move to tie him up for the long term in Edmonton was a "no-brainer", and now the assistant who oversaw the development of the Oilers' core of Connor McDavidLeon DraisaitlRyan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse, will help lead them all into the future.

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