November 20, 2018 | 11:35am ET
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OILERS FIRE COACH McLELLAN, NAME HITCHCOCK NEW COACH

 
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Ken Hitchcock, coach

 

The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Todd McLellan and have replaced him with Ken Hitchcock for the rest of the season.

Hitchcock, 66, served as a Head Coach with Dallas twice (1995-2002, 2017-18), Philadelphia (2002-2006), Columbus (2006-2010) and St. Louis (2011-2017).

The Edmonton native is the third winningest coach in NHL history with a total of 823 victories. He led Dallas to a Stanley Cup in 1999 and captured the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach in 2011-12.

Overall, Hitchcock has a record of 823-506-88-119 record in 1,536 games, with a .603 winning percentage. He has coached the fifth most games in NHL history, second among active coaches behind only Barry Trotz (1,543).

McLellan, 51, was named coach of the Oilers on May 19, 2015.

In 806 career NHL games behind the bench of the San Jose Sharks and Oilers, McLellan has posted a 434-292-90 record.