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Jay Woodcroft reaches deal to remain Oilers coach

Jun 2, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Edmonton Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft on the bench in the second period against the Colorado Avalanche of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep Jay Woodcroft as head coach on a permanent basis, SportsNet and The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Financial terms were not reported. The deal is expected to be formally announced later Tuesday.

Woodcroft, 45, was named interim coach on Feb. 10 and finished the season 26-9-3, guiding the Oilers to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche. Woodcroft succeeded Dave Tippett.

Woodcroft was coaching Edmonton’s AHL affiliate at Bakersfield, Calif., before the promotion. He led the Condors to the AHL championship in 2020-21.

Woodcroft previously worked as an assistant with the Oilers under Todd McLellan. He was named the head coach of the Condors in 2018. The Toronto native also was a video coach with the Detroit Red Wings (2005-08) and an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks (2008-15).

–Field Level Media