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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 feat 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


Derek Stuart is entering his 5tyear with the Oilers.  Before becoming an Oiler, Stuart spent seven seasons coaching in the Calgary Buffalo     Hockey Associaiton.  During this time he helped guide four teams to league championships, including the 2008 and 2009 Midget AAA       Buffaloes who won back-to-back AMHL and Paciffic Regional Championships.  Added to his portfolio, is the duties of Head Coach for the Calgary Mustangs during the 2013-14 season.  Prior to caoching Stuart played college hockey at Bermidji State University and at Mount Royal College.





Tyler Deis - Director of Hockey Development


Tyler Deis is entering his third year with the Oilers organization, and moving in to his second year is the 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 well as one season as an assistant coach for our very own Oilers in 2013-14.  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 fifth 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.




Jason Hannah - Video Coach & Scout Coordinator


Jason Hanna who has worked as a scout over the past couple of seasons, joined our coaching staff this past fall and has been appointed our Video Coach and Scout Coordinator.  Former Assistant Coach for the Calgary Mustangs, Hanna has been around the Midget AA and AAA seen over the past few years.  We are excited to add Jason to our scouting and coaching staff.  







Todd Ford - Assistant Coach (Goalies)


Sandy Henry - Skating & Skill Coach Consultant



Doug "Crash" Crashley - Strength & Conditioning Consultant


Head Scout - Marv Resler

Additional Scouting Staff

  • Jason Abramoff
  • Ryan Barrett
  • Brad Cobb
  • Sam Skinner
  • Gord Jones
  • Gord Susinski
  • Sandy Henry