Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oil Kings are set to open training camp later this week at the Downtown Community Arena and have announced their hockey operations staff for the upcoming season.
Kirt Hill – President of Hockey Operations and General Manager
Hill, a Winnipeg, MB product, agreed to a multi-year contract extension this summer and is entering his fifth season as the club’s President of Hockey Operations and General Manager.
Since he took over the role in 2018, the Oil Kings have a record of 154-46-13-10 and have won four straight Central Division titles and one WHL championship.
Michael Chan – Director of Scouting
Chan, an Edmonton, AB native, returns for his second season as the team’s Director of Scouting after rejoining the organization last off-season after spending the 2020-21 season with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
Luke Pierce – Head Coach
Pierce takes over as Head Coach of the Oil Kings after former bench boss Brad Lauer accepted a position with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets this offseason.
The Merritt, BC product has been with the organization since 2018 serving as the team’s Assistant Coach. Earlier this summer, he agreed to a multi-year contract extension before subsequently being named the Oil Kings fifth Head Coach in modern franchise history on July 25.
Serge Lajoie – Assistant Coach and Manager of Player Development
The Bonnyville, AB native is entering his first year with the organization after being hired as the team’s new Assistant Coach and Manager of Player Development on August 9.
Ladislav Smid – Guest Coach, Training Camp
Smid has joined the Oil Kings as a Guest Coach for the team’s training camp this year.
The Frydiant, Czechia product just wrapped up his 17-year professional playing career after spending the past five seasons playing for Bili Tygri Liberec in the top Czechia professional league. Prior to playing overseas, he played 583 games in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
He has also played internationally on several occasions, representing Czechia at three World Junior Championships (2004, 2005 and 2006), two World Hockey Championships (2007 and 2013) and one Olympic Games (2014).
Kurtis Mucha – Goaltending Development Coach
Mucha, a Sherwood Park, AB product, returns as the team’s Goaltending Development Coach for a seventh season.
Josh Mallory – Video Coach and Hockey Operations Coordinator
Mallory, a St. Thomas, ON native, returns for a second season as the team’s Video Coach and Hockey Operations Coordinator after being hired last summer by the club.
David Pelletier – Skating and Skills Coach
Pelletier, a Sayabac, Quebec product, returns for a seventh season as the Oil Kings Skating and Skills Coach.
Jimmy McKnight – Head Athletic Therapist
McKnight, a Bradford, ON product, returnS for his second season with the Oil Kings as their Head Athletic Therapist after being hired by the club last summer. This past season, he was also named one of the Athletic Therapist’s at the 2021 Capital City Challenge.
Rogan Dean – Head Equipment Manager
Dean, a Fort Saskatchewan, AB native, returns for his 16th season with the organization as their Head Equipment Manager after agreeing to a multi-year contract extension earlier this summer.
This past season, he worked his 1000th career game in the WHL.
Eric Kebernik and Melissa Lowe – Strength and Conditioning Coaches
Kebernik and Lowe, both Edmonton, AB products, will once again serve as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coaches marking their seventh and fifth years with the organization respectively.
The Oil Kings scouting staff will once again be led by their three Travelling Scouts of Nels Eckland, Jamie Novakoski and Del Reid, while Keith Wilson, Jory Stuparyk, Murray Brookbank, Scott Coates, Jason Stewart, Shawn Stieb, Bruce Taylor and Chase Reddin will all return as Area Scouts for the upcoming season.
Edmonton Oil Kings 2022-23 Training Camp schedule -> https://oilkings.ca/article/oil-kings-announce-training-camp-schedule-3