Keith Gretzky is set to be named as Assistant General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers in the near future reported TSN‘s Bob McKenzie on Monday.
Gretzky, 49, is the younger brother of Wayne and the current Director of Amateur Scouting of the Boston Bruins- a post he has held since 2013. Gretzky originally joined the Bruins as an amateur scout in 2011. In his current capacity with the Bruins, he oversees the organization’s amateur scouting department and assists in evaluating talent before each year’s NHL entry draft. Current Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli served as the Boston Bruins GM from 2006 to 2015.
Before arriving in Boston, Gretzky served as the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Phoenix Coyotes from 2006 to 2011, after joining the organization as an amateur scout in 2001.
Gretzky was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 56th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played professionally for six seasons in the AHL, ECHL and IHL before playing in Europe and retiring in 1993. Gretzky spent the next five seasons coaching the Bakersfield Fog of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) and Asheville Smoke of the United Hockey League (UHL).
Despite reports of Gretzky’s pending hiring with the Oilers, a time for the announcement is currently unknown.