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Edmonton Oilers hire coach Ken Hitchcock

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Alex Butler
Former Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock now joins the Edmonton Oilers, following the firing of Todd McLellan. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Former Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock now joins the Edmonton Oilers, following the firing of Todd McLellan. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Edmonton Oilers have hired Ken Hitchcock to replace former coach Todd McLellan.

Edmonton announced the hire on Tuesday. Hitchcock owns a 823-506 record as an NHL head coach. He also has 88 ties and 119 overtime/shootout losses during his 22-year coaching tenure for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Hitchcock, 66, led the Stars to a 42-32 record with eight overtime/shootout losses in 2017. McLellan, 51, had the Oilers at 9-10 this season with one overtime/shootout loss. The Oilers were 36-40-6 in 2017. He led the team to a 123-119-24 mark in four seasons as head coach. McLellan joined the Oilers in 2015 after seven seasons as coach of the San Jose Sharks.

Hitchcock is the third-winningest coach in NHL history. He led the Stars to a Stanley Cup in 1999 and was named the NHL's best coach in 2011-2012.

Oilers president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli has a news conference at 1 p.m. to speak about the moves.

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