The Edmonton Oilers have announced a number of coaching staff and front office changes over the past week.
Joining newly minted head coach Jay Woodcroft’s staff will be former Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart. The long-time Jets fan favourite has been out of the NHL game since his retirement in 2017.
Coming back to the organization in 2018-19, Stuart served in a managerial position with the Manitoba Moose, before ultimately landing a gig with one of his old coaches, Todd Woodcroft at the University of Vermont.
Yes, Todd and Jay are brothers – so word clearly travelled fast that Stuart would be a strong addition to the Oilers’ staff that already boasts the likes of Dave Manson and Glen Gulutzan.
“It’s an amazing opportunity, I’m ecstatic to be joining this organization and this staff,” Stuart said in an interview with Oilers Now. “I’ve known a few people over the years, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about a lot of the people in the organization. I’m feeling very fortunate right now and I’m excited to get going.”
Lacing up in 673 career NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers and ultimately the Winnipeg Jets, Stuart put up 26 goals, 93 points and 722 career penalty minutes.
Not only did Edmonton welcome Stuart to the mix, the club also said goodbye to longtime vice chair and alternate governor Kevin Lowe, who announced his retirement after 40 years in various roles with the club, including player, coach and GM at times through his lengthy career.
“Kevin Lowe has been an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers for over 40 years and will continue to be connected to the organization as Oilers Ambassador,” Oilers Chairman Bob Nicholson said. “Very few have had the impact that Kevin has had, both on and off the ice. He exemplifies leadership and has done so much to help connect the organization with our fans, while supporting so many worthwhile causes in our community. He is a teammate, leader and friend to so many in the organization and we congratulate him on an amazing career and are excited for this next chapter of his career.”
The Oilers announced that despite his official retirement, Lowe would remain close with the club and work as an Oilers ambassador within the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.