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Connor McDavid's former agent now accountable for Edmonton Oilers hockey operations

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In a big shift at prime of the membership’s energy construction, Connor McDavid’s former agent is now second in charge of the Edmonton Oilers.

New CEO of Hockey Operations Jeff Jackson will report on to proprietor Daryl Katz and function an Alternate Governor on the NHL Board of Governors. Ken Holland continues in his function as president of hockey operations and basic supervisor of the Edmonton Oilers and can report back to Jackson.

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Paul Coffey, who has been with the Oilers as a particular advisor to Katz for greater than a 12 months, additionally will help Jackson in his new function with the group.

That is all a part of the Oilers’ succession plan shifting ahead and can take a few of the duties off Bob Nicholson’s plate.

“It is a large dedication to the long-term success of our group,” Katz mentioned in a information launch. “Jeff has well-established relationships throughout the NHL, together with a powerful relationship with Ken Holland. He brings large trade perception, information and management constructed by means of a singular profession expertise that’s best for this management function.

“He understands what it takes to construct an elite group for the trendy NHL and can work intently with Ken and our entire crew to place the Oilers in the very best place to win.”

Jackson competed within the NHL for eight seasons, taking part in 263 video games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks. From there he practised company and leisure legislation earlier than becoming a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs as assistant basic supervisor and director of hockey operations in 2006.

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In 2010, he launched his personal company with former Oilers first-round draft choose Sam Gagner as his first NHL shopper and had been representing McDavid from the beginning of his NHL profession.

“I can’t consider a extra thrilling franchise to hitch or a greater alternative for me to place into observe every little thing I’ve discovered through the previous three many years in and across the NHL,” Jackson mentioned. “Daryl Katz, Ken Holland, Bob Nicholson, Jay Woodcroft and the whole group have constructed an impressive basis for fulfillment.”

Jackson additionally has an in depth relationship with McDavid, who has three years left on his contract with the Oilers, so this would possibly ease some issues that the Oilers superstars could be wanting elsewhere when his deal is finished in Edmonton.

“Jeff and I’ve had an extended and fruitful relationship, and I’ve witnessed his care, relentlessness, and apparent information of the sport and trade firsthand,” McDavid mentioned. “I stay up for working with Jeff in his new function, and am enthusiastic about what this implies for the way forward for the Oilers. I’m enthusiastic about this subsequent chapter for me.”

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