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Jay Woodcroft

Born:August 11, 1976Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Toronto, ONPosition:Center
Known For:Shoots:Right
National Team:Canada

Jay Woodcroft (born August 11, 1976) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He was recently the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) before being relieved of his duties on Nov. 12, 2023.

In July 2008, the San Jose Sharks hired Woodcroft as an assistant coach under head coach Todd McLellan. On April 20, 2015, the team announced that they had agreed to “part ways” with McLellan, assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, as well as video coordinator Brett Heimlich. On June 25, 2015, the Edmonton Oilers appointed Woodcroft and Johnson as assistant coaches, rejoining newly appointed head coach Todd McLellan in Edmonton. On April 27, 2018, Woodcroft was appointed the head coach of the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate.

On February 10, 2022, the Oilers announced they fired Dave Tippett from the team and named Woodcroft as the team’s new head coach.

Jay Woodcroft Edmonton Oilers
Jay Woodcroft, Edmonton Oilers head coach (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Staff History

  • Detroit Red Wings (Video Coach) 2005-2008
  • San Jose Sharks (Assistant Coach) 2008-2015
  • Team Canada – World Championship (Assistant Coach) 2015
  • Edmonton Oilers (Assistant Coach) 2015-2018
  • Team North America – World Cup (Assistant Coach) 2016
  • Bakersfield Condors (Head Coach) 2018-2022
  • Edmonton Oilers (Head Coach) 2022-2023


  • As a Coach
    • Stanley Cup Champion (Red Wings – 2008)
    • World Championship Gold Medal (2015)