Oilers name Ken Hitchcock new head coach

The Oilers have fired coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with an Edmonton native.

The team on Tuesday announced the hiring of Ken Hitchcock as the Oilers’ new head coach after firing McLellan earlier that morning.

McLellan, 51, finished his tenure of more than three years in Edmonton with a 123-119-24 record. He led the Oilers to just one playoff appearance in that time.

Hitchcock, 66, boasts the third-most wins as a coach in NHL history, behind Joel Quenneville and Scotty Bowman. He previously coached the Flyers, Blue Jackets and Blues, and had two coaching stints with the Stars, most recently during the 2017-18 season.

He won a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.