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Daum an Oilers assistant

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Rob Daum is coming back to Edmonton.

Yesterday the former head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears was hired as an assistant by the Edmonton Oilers.

Daum, 49, is taking the place of Craig Simpson, who joined CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.

"He's had a tremendous amount of success here in the city with the University, he's had success in his two years in Houston and he certainly fits the criteria that we have here within the organization," said Oilers' vice-presidnt Kevin Pendergast yesterday.

"He's a great teacher, he understands the game very well and we think he's going to bring a little bit of a different dimension to our organization."

Daum spent 10 years with the Golden Bears leading the team to six conference championships and three national titles.

For the last two seasons Daum coach the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League - the top affiliate of the Minnesota Wild.

Daum took a three-year leave of absence from the University in order to take the position with the Aeros.

He signed a one-year contract with the Oilers, leaving the option open of returning to the U of A next season.

"I think I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the experience I had at the University of Alberta," Daum said.

"I'm thankful for the Bear program for putting me in this position.

"When I left to go to Houston I took potentially a three-year leave of absence.

"Fortunately for myself that this opportunity came and I'll be able to take my third year of leave from the University and go from there."

Prior to coaching at the U of A, Daum spent six seasons in the Western Hockey League with stints in Prince Albert, Swift Current and Lethbridge.


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