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Hockey Operations

James Poole - Head Coach/General Manager


James Poole is entering his 5th year with the Oilers organization, having coached the Oilers to 1st place in the South Division in the 2010-11 season, followed by 2nd place finishes the past three seasons. Prior to coaching, James’ playing background included 3 seasons of NCAA college hockey at Lake Forest College in Illinois. In the three seasons prior, James coached the Calgary Midget AAA Buffaloes. In those 3 seasons, the Buffaloes won back-to-back AMHL & Pacific Regional championships on their way to 4th and 2nd place showings at the TELUS Cup National Midget Championship. Poole also led the Buffaloes to capture the 2008 Mac’s Midget Tournament Championship, the first local team to accomplish that fear in 10 years. During his Midget AAA tenure, Poole was honored with the 2008 Mac’s Midget Tournament Outstanding Coach and the 2010 AMHL Coach of the Year




Bobby Fox - Associate Coach & Assistant GM









Derek Stuart - Assistant Coach










Sandy Henry - Defenseman Consultant


Tyler Deis - Director of Hockey Development


Tyler Deis is entering his second year with the Oilers organization in 2014-15. New this year is his role as Director of Hockey Development. Deis will be working with various groups throughout the season to provide developmental assistance to young hockey players. He has spent a cumulative eight years with the hockey program at Edge School in Calgary (including two years as the head coach of their prep team). As a player, Deis spent four years at Minnesota State as a Moorhead before playing five seasons of professional hockey in both the ECHL and CHL.



Mike Elchuk, B.Sc.Kin., CAT(C) - Athletic Therapist & Equipment Manager

Mike is returning as the team’s Athletic Therapist/ Equipment Manager for his fourth season with the Oilers.  He  has an extensive background in hockey, with 15 years of experience as a trainer. He graduated the University of Saskatchewan with majors in physiology and anatomy,  minoring in Sports Nutrition.  He is certified as a Sports First Responder as well.  He also has years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach in both the hockey world and the private sector.   Mike and his wife Sonya moved to Calgary in 2004 so he could be the Athletic Therapist with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.  He has also been a trainer for the 2002 CHL Top Prospects Game, been on the medical team for two World Junior Hockey Championships, and volunteered for various Hockey Canada activities during his career.  Mike has worked in many clinical situations during this time as well.




Jay Magnussen - Director of Player Personnel









Doug "Crash" Crashley - Strength & Conditioning Consultant


Scouting Staff

  • Marv Resler - Head Scout
  • Jason Abramoff
  • Thor Bahl
  • Brad Cobb
  • Jeremy Friesen
  • Jason Hanna
  • Gord Jones
  • Jesse Perrin