OILERS RENEW CONTRACTS OF BARONS COACHING STAFF
By Josh Evans, OKC BaronsThe Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, re-signed head coach Todd Nelson and assistant coaches Gerry Fleming and Rocky Thompson, General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today.
All three members of the coaching staff are entering their third season with the Barons. In each of their first two campaigns, the staff produced 40-win seasons and a trip to the Calder Cup playoffs. In the first season, the team posted a 40-29-2-9 mark and a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs. The trio improved upon a strong 10-11 season with an even stronger 11-12 campaign.
Last season, Nelson and his staff guided the Barons to a 45-22-4-5 record, 99 points and the Western Conference regular season title. In the postseason, the Barons won their first two series before falling to the Toronto Marlies in the Western Conference Finals. Last season, the Barons were one of the top defensive clubs in the league, allowing just 176 goals over the 76-game schedule.
Nelson, 43, joined the coaching ranks in 2002 as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He earned his first position as head coach with the Muskegon Fury. In three seasons as coach of the Fury, he led them to back-to-back 50-win seasons and two league championships. Following his time with Muskegon, he joined the Atlanta Thrashers organization. He spent two seasons as the assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves, the Thrashers AHL affiliate, before being promoted to assistant coach in Atlanta for two seasons. Originally a 4th round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, he played nearly 900 games in the professional ranks.
Originally from Montreal, Fleming, 46, has been an assistant coach for the Oilers top affiliate for the last four seasons. Prior to his stint with the Oilers, he spent eight seasons as a head coach in the ECHL. All but one season of his tenure in the ECHL was with the Florida Everblades. He led Florida to the playoffs in each of his seven seasons behind the bench, including back-to-back trips to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals in 2004 and 2005. He broke into coaching in 1998 as the assistant coach Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Fredericton. Fleming played nearly 300 games as a pro, all with the Montreal organization.
Following a playing career that included nearly 600 games in the professional ranks, Thompson, 35, began his coaching career as an assistant with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Following three seasons with the Oil Kings, he joined the Barons staff. Originally a 3rd round draft choice of Calgary in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Thompson played 25 games in the NHL with Calgary and Florida.
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