Edmonton Finds Coach in Minors
George Burnett, who coached Edmonton’s top farm team the past two seasons, was hired Tuesday as the Oilers’ coach.
He takes over for Glen Sather, who replaced the fired Ted Green last November. Sather is the team’s president and general manager and will remain in those jobs.
Edmonton finished at 25-45-14 last year and failed to make the playoffs. The Oilers were the NHL’s fourth worst team.
Burnett coached the Cape Breton Oilers, Edmonton’s American Hockey League affiliate, the last two seasons. He led the club to the league championship in 1992-93.
“It’s an honor to become part of the select group of coaches that have led this team in its short but storied history,” Burnett said.
“It’s now time to get to work. It’s 32 days to the start of training camp and I look forward to the challenge.”