The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly fired head coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock.
Hired before the start of the 2015-16 season, McLellan logged a 114-119-24 record over parts of four regular seasons with the Oilers. The team’s lone playoff appearance during McLellan’s tenure was in 2016-17 when they lost a second-round matchup with the Ducks in seven games. The Oilers record on the season sits at 9-10-1.
Edmonton native Ken Hitchcock returns home to coach Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Hitchcock has amassed just over 900 wins in his 22 years of coaching. After a seven-year stint with the Stars to begin his coaching career, Hitchcock returned to Dallas for the 2017-18 season. The Stars narrowly missed the playoffs with 92 points and Hitchcock announced his short-lived retirement from coaching in April.
Hitchcock won’t have to wait long to make his debut behind the Oilers’ bench. Edmonton is set to take on the Sharks in San Jose tonight at 10:30 EST.