Frederic Chabot once played against Nikolai Khabibulin.
Now the two will be working together.
The Oilers yesterday announced that Chabot, 41, has been hired as the team's new goaltending consultant, replacing Pete Peeters, who had been with the team for eight seasons.
"I'm really looking forward to working with him, I heard he's a really hard-working guy," Chabot said of Khabibulin, whom the Oilers signed last week.
"That's really good for the young goalies, helping bring them up. He's had a successful career and hopefully we can bring that success here."
Chabot joins the Oilers after a stint with the Canadian World Junior Team, winning gold in Ottawa in January. He also worked as an instructor at Hockey Canada's program of excellence camp for three years.
A native of Hebertville, Que., Chabot has also worked as a goaltending consultant in Europe.
"After I stopped playing, my goal was to become a goalie coach in the NHL," Chabot said.
"So I'm pretty excited to be here. I'm pretty excited to be a member of the Oilers and I'm looking forward to working with everyone in the organization."
A career minor-leaguer, Chabot played 17 seasons of professional hockey before turning his attention to the coaching ranks.
His most productive seasons were in the International and American Hockey Leagues, but he got an opportunity to play 32 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.
"I'm looking forward to working with Pat (Quinn) this year," Chabot said.
"I got a chance to know him last year at the World Junior. We had a good relationship. He's really open-minded and was really interested in what I had to say.
"He's a guy that likes to use all of his coaches; he's not afraid to delegate. It's fun to work with him."