Category:Edmonton Oilers executives
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1. Wayne Gretzky – Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999, nicknamed The Great One, he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, and the league itself. He is the scorer in NHL history, with more goals. He garnered more assists than any player scored total points. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons,14 of them consecutive, at the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records,40 regular-season records,15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. As of 2014, he still holds 60 NHL records, born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Gretzky honed his skills at a backyard rink and regularly played minor hockey at a level far above his peers. Despite his unimpressive stature, strength and speed, Gretzkys intelligence and he was adept at dodging checks from opposing players, and consistently anticipated where the puck was going to be and executed the right move at the right time. Gretzky became known for setting up behind his opponents net, an area that was nicknamed Gretzkys office, in 1978, Gretzky signed with the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association, where he briefly played before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. When the WHA folded, the Oilers joined the NHL, where he established many scoring records, Gretzky played briefly for the St. Louis Blues before finishing his career with the New York Rangers. He won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and performance five times, after his retirement in 1999, Gretzky was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, making him the most recent player to have the waiting period waived. The NHL retired his jersey number 99 league-wide, making him the player to receive this honour. He was one of six players voted to the International Ice Hockey Federations Centennial All-Star Team, Gretzky became executive director for the Canadian national mens hockey team during the 2002 Winter Olympics, in which the team won a gold medal. In 2000, he became owner of the Phoenix Coyotes. In 2004, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, in September 2009, following the franchises bankruptcy, Gretzky resigned as coach and relinquished his ownership share. In October 2016, he became partner and vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, Wayne Gretzky was born on January 26,1961 in Brantford, Ontario, the son of Phyllis Leone and Walter Gretzky. The couple had married in 1960, and lived in an apartment in Brantford, the family moved into a house on Varadi Avenue in Brantford seven months after Wayne was born, chosen partly because its yard was flat enough to make an ice rink on every winter. Wayne was joined by a sister, Kim, and brothers Keith, Glen, the family would regularly visit the farm of Waynes grandparents, Tony and Mary, and watch Hockey Night in Canada together. By age two, Wayne was trying to score goals against Mary using a souvenir stick, the farm was where Wayne skated on ice for the first time, aged two years,10 months
2. Todd McFarlane – Todd McFarlane is a Canadian artist, writer, designer and entrepreneur, best known for his work in comic books, such as the fantasy series Spawn. In 1992, he helped form Image Comics, pulling the occult anti-hero character Spawn from his high school portfolio, Spawn was a popular hero in the 1990s and encouraged a trend in creator-owned comic book properties. Since leaving inking duties on Spawn with issue No,70, McFarlane has illustrated comic books less often, focusing on entrepreneurial efforts, such as McFarlane Toys and Todd McFarlane Entertainment, a film and animation studio. In September 2006, it was announced that McFarlane would be the Art Director of the newly formed 38 Studios, formerly Green Monster Games, McFarlane used to be a co-owner of the National Hockey Leagues Edmonton Oilers but sold his shares to Daryl Katz. He is also a collector of history-making baseballs. McFarlane was born on March 16,1961 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He began drawing as a hobby at an age, and was a fan of comics creators such as John Byrne, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller and George Pérez. McFarlane created the character Spawn when he was 16, and spent countless hours perfecting the appearance of each component of the visual design. He graduated from Sir Winston Churchill High School, in the early 1980s, McFarlane attended Eastern Washington University on a baseball scholarship, and studied graphic art. He sought to play professionally after graduation, but suffered a career-ending ankle injury in his junior year. He subsequently focused on drawing, working in a book store to pay for the rest of his education. Seeking to find work drawing comics, McFarlane sent out dozens of each month to editors, totaling over 700 submissions in total. Half resulted in no response, while the half resulted in rejection letters. One of them, DC Comics Sal Amendola, gave McFarlane a dummy script in order to gauge McFarlanes page-to-page storytelling ability. They in turn passed it onto Coyote creator Steve Englehart, who reached out to McFarlane to offer McFarlane his first comic job, McFarlane soon began drawing for both DC and Marvel, with his first major body of work being a two-year run on DCs Infinity, Inc. In 1987, McFarlane illustrated the three issues of Detective Comics four-issue Batman, Year Two storyline. From there, he moved to Marvels Incredible Hulk, which he drew from 1987 to 1988, in 1988, McFarlane joined writer David Michelinie on Marvels The Amazing Spider-Man, beginning with issue 298. McFarlane rendered Spider-Mans webbing with far more detail, whereas it has essentially been rendered as a series of Xs between two lines, McFarlane embellished it by detailing far more individual strands, which came to be dubbed spaghetti webbing
3. Kelly Buchberger – Kelly Michael Buchberger is a retired professional Canadian hockey player and currently works in player personnel for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. Buchberger has played for the Edmonton Oilers, Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, and he also played minor hockey with the Western Hockey League Moose Jaw Warriors and pro hockey with the American Hockey League Nova Scotia Oilers. He was drafted in the round by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in 1987 Stanley Cup finals, during his playing career, he was known best for his gritty play and leadership, having captained the Oilers for four years as the teams 9th leader in franchise history. He won two Stanley Cups with Edmonton, in 1987 and 1990, Buchberger was the last remaining active member of the Oilers roster to have been on one of their five Stanley Cup winning teams, along with Marty McSorley. He remained with the Oilers until 1999, when he was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Expansion Draft, after retiring, Buchberger was an assistant coach with the AHL Edmonton Road Runners team in 2004–05. He then joined the Oilers management as a development coach, on August 3,2007, he was named head coach of the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, and guided the team to a 35–35–10 record, the teams first.500 season since 1998–99. Buchberger then was promoted to the Edmonton Oilers during the 2008 offseason, on June 10,2014 he was reassigned to the role of player personnel and replaced as assistant coach by Craig Ramsay. com
4. Peter Chiarelli (ice hockey) – His daughter, Talia Chiarelli, was a member of the Canadian National Gymnastics Team and currently competes at the University of Michigan. His son, Cameron, plays club hockey at Harvard University, Chiarelli played for Harvard University between 1983 and 1987, serving as the captain of the team. He later played for the British Hockey League Nottingham Panthers, prior to becoming an NHL executive, Chiarelli was a player agent before joining the Senators in 1999. He was also an attorney in practice in Ottawa having graduated from the University of Ottawas law school. Chiarelli served as the assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators for two years, including the cancelled 2004-05 lockout season, the Senators were given a conditional draft pick for relinquishing Chiarelli. Chiarelli was hired on May 26,2006 as the General Manager of the Boston Bruins and he was signed to a four-year contract. On June 19,2009 Chiarelli received a contract extension through 2013-2014. On June 15,2011, Chiarelli won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins and his brother Mike Chiarelli joined the Boston Bruins as Scout in summer of 2009. Due to a 52-names limit Mike Chiarellis name could not be included on the Stanley Cup, however, the Bruins did award Mike a Stanley Cup Ring. On April 15,2015, Chiarelli was fired by the Boston Bruins, on April 24,2015, the Edmonton Oilers announced Chiarellis hiring as General Manager and President of Hockey Operations. Chiarelli currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta and his daughter, Talia Chiarelli, is a varsity gymnast at the University of Michigan. Chiarelli also has a son, Cameron, who plays hockey at Harvard University. Peter Chiarellis career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database Peter Chiarellis trades as GM of the Bruins
5. Scott Howson – Donald Scott Howson is a retired ice hockey player and former VP of Player Personnel for the Edmonton Oilers. He was formerly the manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. Howson played 2 seasons with the Kingston Canadians of the Ontario Hockey Association, in that season, Howson amassed 57 goals, and 140 points in 66 games. That was second in scoring to Bernie Nicholls, and sixth in league scoring. Howson would then go on to one season with the Toledo Goaldiggers of the IHL. He won the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as IHL rookie of the year after scoring 55 goals and 120 points in only 74 games, Howson then played 146 games over three seasons with the Indianapolis Checkers of the Central Hockey League. It was after his time with the Checkers that Howson split two seasons between the New York Islanders, and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Indians and he played 8 games in the 1984–85 season, and another 10 in the 1985–86 season. In the total 18 games, he had 5 goals,3 assists, Howson first became the GM of the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate, the Cape Breton Oilers and then the Hamilton Bulldogs. When Glen Sather left the Edmonton Oilers for the New York Rangers, on June 15,2007, Howson was named general manager of the Blue Jackets. Howson has a Twitter account in which he occasionally tweets updates in regards to his team such as injuries, trades, on February 12,2013, he was relieved of his duties as general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets. On March 12,2013, he was hired by the Edmonton Oilers as a pro scout, on April 15,2013, he was named by the Edmonton Oilers as the Senior VP of Hockey Operations. With the hiring of Peter Chiarelli as Edmonton Oilers General Manager, Scott Howson career statistics at EliteProspects. com Scott Howsons career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
6. Daryl Katz – Daryl Allan Katz is a Canadian businessman, investor, and philanthropist. With an estimated net worth of $US4.14 billion, Katz was ranked by Forbes as the 12th wealthiest Canadian, Katz Group owns the Edmonton Oilers, and is leading the development of Rogers Place arena and the Ice District. Katz is a lawyer, and resides in Edmonton. Daryl Katz was born in 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta and his father was a pharmacist who founded Value Drug Mart in Edmonton in the 1970s. Daryl Katz attended the Jewish day school, Talmud Torah School during his elementary years and he then attended the University of Alberta, graduating with an arts degree in 1982 and with a law degree in 1985. After school, he worked for a time at the law firm, Shoctor, Mousseau and Starkman, and then started his own practice focusing on corporate and franchise law. In 1991, in a partnership with his father, Katz paid $300,000 for the Canadian rights to the U. S. -based Medicine Shoppe drugstore franchise which had over 1,000 stores in the USA. In 1992, they opened the first Medicine Shoppe store and Katz founded the Katz Group of Companies which was to become the company for the group. In 1996, Katz purchased the storied but fading Rexall drugstore chain in Canada which at the time, the business grew and by 1998, the Katz Group consisted of 80 Rexall stores,30 Medicine Shoppe outlets, and a few smaller independent retailers. In 1997, he purchased the Ontario-based, 143-store Pharma Plus drug store chain from the supermarket operator Oshawa Group for $100 million. His foray into the U. S. was not without failure, in 2004, Katz purchased the naming rights for ten years to the new $45-million Rexall Centre, a 12, 500-seat tennis and entertainment complex on the campus of York University. In January 2012, he sold Drug Trading Co. and Medicine Shoppe Canada to the U. S. -based drug distributor McKesson Corporation for $1.2 billion, Katz Group retained its network of approximately 460 corporate-owned 450 Rexall-branded outlets. In May 2007, Katz made a bid to buy the Edmonton Oilers franchise, which the owners of the team. In July 2007, he made another bid for the Oilers of $185-million, on December 12,2007, Katz made an offer of $188-million to the EIG. The Board of the EIG announced in January 2008 that it would recommend to its shareholders to reject this latest bid. In addition to the Oilers, OEG owns and operates the Edmonton Oil Kings, nicholson was named CEO of OEG in April 2015 and given responsibility for both business and hockey operations. Katz’ interests in the fall under the OEG umbrella. Katz has said he bought the Oilers because he saw Edmonton’s need for a new arena as an opportunity to be the catalyst for the revitalization of Edmonton’s downtown core
7. Patrick LaForge – Patrick LaForge is the former President and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers. He was born in Lac La Biche and raised in Edmonton, LaForge is a distant cousin of Pierre Boivin, former President of the Montreal Canadiens. In July 2000, he was hired as President and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers organization, since the day he was hired, he has worked actively to build pride of ownership for the organization while exploring to strengthen and stabilize the club commercially. On July 2,2008, the Oilers were purchased by Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz. Today, working one of the smallest markets in the League. One of LaForge’s most broadly known achievements has to be his role in producing the regular season NHL game played outdoors. The game highlighted the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens playing in front of 57,167 Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in winter of 2003, the Heritage Classic paved the way to an annual outdoor hockey game in the NHL, attracting fans worldwide. Presently, LaForge is coordinating the development of Katz Groups Edmonton arena & district project, LaForge had another major achievement has to be the return of the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League in 2007. The once legendary major junior team won two Memorial Cups before leaving town in 1976 and under the Oilers stewardship, currently, LaForge is also an Alternate Governor for the Oilers in the NHL and Governor of the Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League. On April 24,2015 Patrick stepped down as President & Chief Operating Officer of Oilers Entertainment Group, Patrick LaForge is the immediate past president of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. LaForge was named one of Albertas 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture Magazine
8. Craig MacTavish – Craig MacTavish is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive and former player. He is the current Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers and he played centre for 17 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues, winning the Stanley Cup four times. MacTavish later coached the Oilers from 2000 to 2009 and also served as assistant coach with the Rangers and Oilers and he is notable as the last NHL player to not wear a helmet during games. MacTavish played two years of NCAA hockey with the University of Lowell Chiefs from 1977 to 1979 and he finally made the Bruins for good in 1982–83 and played two full seasons with them. During his early days with the Bruins, the young MacTavish was involved in the brawl between several Boston players and a group of New York Rangers fans in 1979. MacTavish missed the 1984–85 season after being convicted of homicide, having struck. MacTavish pleaded guilty to homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol the night of January 25,1984, in Peabody. Kim Radley,26, of West Newfield, Maine, died four days later of injuries sustained in the crash, MacTavish was sentenced to a years imprisonment for the offence. While incarcerated, he watched most of the games that were televised, MacTavish was traded to the New York Rangers in 1994, just in time to help several other former Oilers win the Stanley Cup. The next season MacTavish signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent, MacTavish retired following the 1996–97 season. He was the last helmetless player, having signed a contract with the Bruins before the mandatory cutoff date in 1979. MacTavish turned to coaching immediately after retiring as a player, signing on as an assistant with the Rangers, after two seasons in New York, he returned to the Oilers as an assistant coach in the 1999–2000 season under former teammate Kevin Lowe. He was subsequently promoted to the top job when Lowe succeeded Sather as general manager, in the 2005–06 season, MacTavish led the Oilers on their run to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the first round of the playoffs, MacTavish shocked the world by utilizing a trapping defensive system to neutralize a potent Detroit Red Wings offence. This closed defensive system, while popular in the pre-2004 lockout NHL, had been deemed by many to be unworkable under the leagues new anti-obstruction regulations. The Oilers were able to deny scoring chances by blocking shots with their bodies—something for which MacTavish was known for during his playing career and this proved effective, the eighth-seeded Oilers won the opening round 4–2, against the no.1 seed, the Detroit Red Wings. Along the way the Oilers defeated the San Jose Sharks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4–2, the Oilers could not complete their run, losing a thrilling seven-game final series to the Carolina Hurricanes, though they rallied from a 3–1 series deficit to even it. The Oilers had not reached the Stanley Cup finals since their season of 1990 during MacTavishs playing tenure in Edmonton
9. Peter Pocklington – Peter Hugh Pocklington is a Canadian entrepreneur and vocal advocate of free-market capitalism. Pocklington is perhaps best known as the owner of the Oilers and as the man who traded the rights to hockeys greatest player, Wayne Gretzky, to the Los Angeles Kings. Pocklingtons life experiences were documented in the 2009 biography, Id Trade Him Again, On Gretzky, Politics And The Pursuit Of The Perfect Deal, written by Terry McConnell. Pocklington was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Basil Pocklington, an executive who had immigrated from England as a young man, and his wife, Eileen. The greatest influence on young Pocklington was the motivational speaker Earl Nightingale and his best-selling recording. It literally stated, You become what you think about, Pocklington told his biographers and he says he still has the record today. Because of the Wests dry, cold climate, the cars, by the time Pocklington was 25, he owned his first car dealership, Westown Ford in Tilbury, Ontario. At the time, he was the youngest Ford dealer in Canada, within a few years he had sold the Tilbury dealership and bought another in nearby Chatham. By 1971, when Pocklington was only 29, he left Ontario and moved west, within a few years, Pocklington was running the most successful Ford dealership in Canada. He also had the cash flow to buy Edmontons fledgling team in the World Hockey Association, Pocklington would come to operate several businesses over the next several years, but he has always said owning sports teams gave him the most satisfaction. The man who came to be known as Peter Puck bought part ownership of the Edmonton Oilers in 1976, according to his biography, he offered a diamond ring his wife was wearing to dinner as his downpayment. Within a year, Pocklington bought out his partner, Nelson Skalbania, who would own the WHA team in Indianapolis. It was also from Skalbania that Pocklington acquired perhaps the greatest hockey player ever, in the fall of 1978, Skalbania offered Pocklington the rights to a 17-year-old phenom named Wayne Gretzky. The Oilers owner did not hesitate to do the deal, a few months later, Pocklington parlayed the Gretzky signing into a merger between the WHA and the National Hockey League. Five years later, the Oilers would win their first of five Stanley Cup championships theyd capture under Pocklingtons ownership, when he was 25, Pocklington became the youngest Ford dealer in Canada when he bought his first dealership in Tilbury, Ontario. By 1971, when he was only 29, Pocklington moved to Alberta, within a few years, it was the most successful Ford dealership in Canada. Pocklington’s business empire eventually exceeded $2 billion in sales and he was also taken hostage by a gunman who broke into his home. I thought I was bullet-proof — until I was shot, Pocklington told his biographers, the kidnapper was caught and Pocklington made a full recovery
10. Glen Sather – Glen Cameron Slats Sather is the current president of the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, a post he has held since 2000. He was also general manager until stepping down on July 1,2015 and he is known for coaching the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup victories during the 1980s. He played a key role in attracting the talented players, including Wayne Gretzky, Gretzky, who became the most dominant player in the history of the game, credits Sather, along with Walter Gretzky, his father, as his most important mentors. Outside of the NHL, Sather was instrumental in building Canadian national teams for the 1984 Canada Cup, prior to coaching, Sather was a professional ice hockey left winger in the WHA and NHL, playing for several teams over a 10-year period. Sather was born in High River, Alberta but grew up in Wainwright, Sather resides in Rye, New York during the season and Palm Springs, California in the off-season, but also has a home in Banff, Alberta. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, Sather played three junior seasons starting in 1961 with the Edmonton Oil Kings. His professional career started in 1964 with the CPHL Memphis Wings and Oklahoma City Blazers, joining the Bruins at the end of the 1966–67 season, Sather played 10 full seasons in the National Hockey League and another with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association. He played 739 regular season games as a pro, scoring 99–146–245, in the playoffs, he added 77 games played and scored 2–6–8 with 88PIM. His career as a player ended at the conclusion of the 1976–77 WHA season, Sather was named player-coach of the Oilers with 18 games remaining in the 1976-77 World Hockey Association season. In his first game as player-coach, the Oilers defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 and he retired as a player after that season, but remained as head coach, a post he maintained when the Oilers joined the NHL in 1979–80. In 1978, then-Oilers owner Peter Pocklington came to Sather and asked him whether he should take advantage of an opportunity to acquire Wayne Gretzky, Sather replied, Whatever you have to do, get him. This was considered a risky proposition in 1978, as scouts and hockey pundits, notably Howie Meeker, considered Gretzky too small. Upon acquiring Gretzky, Sather allowed him to live with his family, in 1979, the Edmonton Oilers were absorbed into the NHL. After taking them to the first round of the playoffs in their season, Sather was promoted to President and General Manager. On the advice of Barry Fraser, his chief scout, Sather selected Paul Coffey in the first round, Jari Kurri in the fourth, after a 4–9–5 record to start the 1980–81 season, Sather fired Watson and stepped back behind the bench. While his record was only 25–26–11 the rest of the way and it was a signal of what was to come. Again on the advice of Fraser, Sather selected Grant Fuhr in the first round, the 1981–82 season saw the Oilers charge out of the gate as never before. They scored an NHL-record 417 goals, paced by Gretzkys 92 goals and 212 points and they rocketed to second place in the league behind only the New York Islanders, but were upended in the first round by the upstart Los Angeles Kings
11. Mike Sillinger – Michael John Sillinger is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League for 17 seasons. Sillinger played for different teams and was traded nine times during his NHL career. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders, of these 12 teams, Sillinger has played full seasons with only Detroit, Vancouver, Columbus and New York. The rest of the teams, he was traded to or from during a season, during his tenure with Detroit, he captured a Calder Cup championship in 1992 with the Adirondack Red Wings, while leading the playoffs in scoring as an American Hockey League rookie. Internationally, Sillinger represented Team Canada on two occasions, winning a medal at the 1991 World Junior Championships and captaining his country at the 2000 World Championships. After retirement, Sillinger joined the Edmonton Oilers as Director of Player Development from 2009 to 2014, currently, Sillinger is working in a scouting and recruitment role for the Regina Pats, his former junior club. Sillinger began playing junior in the Western Hockey League with the Pats in 1987-88. After a 43-point rookie campaign, he emerged as a top prospect in the juniors in his second WHL season, with 53 goals and 131 points in 1988-89, Sillinger led the Pats in scoring for the first of three consecutive seasons. The Detroit Red Wings then made Sillinger their first-round pick, selecting him 11th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Following his 1990–91 season with the Pats, Sillinger was called up to the Red Wings roster and he also appeared in three playoff games with Detroit that season, also accumulating one assist. After being called up to Detroit, he had his most prolific season with the club, due to the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Sillinger went abroad to play in the Austrian Hockey League for EC Wien, where he tallied 27 points in just 13 games. Sillinger remained in Anaheim the next season, but was traded the following campaign in 1995-96 to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Roman Oksiuta on March 15,1996. Sillinger, however, continued to struggle and tallied just 10 points with his new team for the remainder of the campaign for a combined 13 points between the Flyers and Lightning, a career-low. He returned to form as he started the 1999–2000 season in Tampa Bay, however, at the trade deadline, he was sent to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Ryan Johnson and Dwayne Hay on March 14,2000. Sillinger returned to the Panthers to begin the season, but was once again dealt at the trade deadline. In the 2001 off-season, Sillinger joined his eighth NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in two seasons with the Blue Jackets, Sillinger recorded back-to-back 43-point campaigns. Following his second season in Columbus, Sillinger was traded twice on the day on July 22,2003. He was first sent to the Dallas Stars with a second round choice in 2004 for Darryl Sydor before being dealt again from Dallas to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenceman Teppo Numminen