CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with head coach Jay Woodcroft on a contract extension through the 2021-22 season.
- Woodcroft, 42, was named the eighth head coach in Condors franchise history on April 27, 2018
- In his first season as a head coach, he led the Condors to a franchise all-time record of 42 wins
- The Condors went 42-21-3-2 (89pts, .654) in 2018-19 en route to capturing the Pacific Division and Western Conference regular season titles
- From January 12 – February 25, the team won 17 consecutive games (all in regulation or overtime), tied for the second longest winning streak in the 84-year history of the American Hockey League
- Bakersfield made the Calder Cup Playoffs for the first time and defeated the Colorado Eagles in four games for its first AHL postseason series win
- Five players (Josh Currie, Joe Gambardella, Caleb Jones, Cooper Marody, Patrick Russell) made their NHL debuts this season
- Two players (Tyler Benson, Shane Starrett) were named to the AHL All-Rookie and Second All-Star Teams
- Two players (Gambardella, Marody) were selected to the AHL All-Star Classic
- Prior to becoming head coach in Bakersfield, Woodcroft spent 13 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with Edmonton, San Jose, and Detroit
- His NHL coaching resume includes 587 regular season wins, five Western Conference titles, six Division titles, three Presidents Trophies, and a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008
- Woodcroft was part of the coaching staff which helped Team Canada to a perfect 10-0 record and a Gold Medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships
Yesterday, it was announced that Keith Gretzky would remain Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager and will assume the role of general manager of the Bakersfield Condors. He will work with Woodcroft and staff to build the team and its success. Keep track of players under contract by clicking here.