Buchberger, Smith join Oilers coaching staff

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have filled out their coaching staff.

On Thursday, the club announced former Oilers Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith will join head coach Tom Renney behind the bench this season.

Buchberger, 43, has served as an Oilers assistant for the past two season, the lone holdover from Craig MacTavish’s staff.

A former Oilers captain, Buchberger began his coaching career as an assistant with the Edmonton Roadrunners of the American Hockey League in 2004.

He went on to serve as head coach of the Oilers AHL affiliate in Springfield before joining the NHL team as an assistant in 2007.

Smith joins the Oilers after serving the past two seasons as a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The former Oilers defenceman won three Stanley Cup rings in Edmonton.

Along with filling out their NHL coaching staff, the Oilers also named Todd Nelson head coach of their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma.

Nelson spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Gerry Fleming who has served as an assistant with Oilers AHL affiliate for the past two seasons, will remain with club to work with Nelson.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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