Edmontonoilers.com Official Site – The Edmonton Oilers are an ice hockey professional team located in Edmonton. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a Western Conference’s Pacific Division member. Since the 2019–20 season, Dave Tippett has served as the Oilers’ head coach, while Ken Holland was appointed general manager on May 7, 2019.
The Oilers, on the other hand, started to suffer after losing in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, missing the playoffs for the next ten seasons. They participated in the Stanley Cup playoffs for 2016–17, 2019–20, and 2020–21 NHL seasons. Since 2007, the Oilers have selected 12 first-round choices, ten of whom were taken within the top ten picks.
Overall, six were taken within the first four picks, and four were taken first overall. Edmonton chose Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov, and Connor McDavid with the first overall selections in the NHL Entry Draft.
The Edmonton Oilers are one of two NHL teams located in Alberta; the Calgary Flames being the other. Their proximity has resulted in a bitter rivalry dubbed the “Battle of Alberta.”
W. D. “Wild Bill” Hunter and Dr. Chuck Allard established the Oilers in 1971. The club began to play in 1972 as one of the leading professional World Hockey Association’s twelve founding teams (WHA). Initially, they were supposed to be one of two WHA Alberta clubs, with the Calgary Broncos.
The Oilers were renamed the Alberta Oilers after the Broncos moved and became the Cleveland Crusaders before the WHA’s first season. They reverted to their present name the following year and joined the NHL in 1979 as one of four teams absorbed by the NHL’s merger with the World Hockey Association.
The Oilers won the Stanley Cup five times after entering the NHL: in 1983–84, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, and 1989–90. Only the Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup more times than any other NHL club since the League’s 1967 expansion.