Joy Woodcrew, 45, became head coach of the Edmonton Oilers in mid-February, replacing the fired Dave Tipett. Under his leadership, the team improved their results, rising from fifth to second in the Pacific Division with a balance of 26-9-3.
In the first round of the Stanley Cup, Edmonton overcame the Kings Barrier in Los Angeles (4-3), continuing to defeat the Calgary Flames (4-1). Thus, for the first time since 2006, the final of the Western Conference was reached, while the duel against the Colorado “Avalanche” did not win.
Woodkroft joined the Oilers organization in 2015, becoming an assistant to head coach Todd McLellan. Three seasons later, he took on a new position as head coach at Bakersfield Condor Club, a position that Woodcrew held for four years.
The Boston coach is still looking for the Bruins of Boston, the Blackhawks of Chicago, the Red Wings of Detroit and the Jets of Winnipeg.