The Edmonton Oil Kings have named Kirt Hill as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. Hill joins the Oil Kings after serving as an amateur scout for the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) during the 2017-18 season.
The Winnipeg, Man. native brings a wealth of Western Hockey League (WHL) experience, working for the League from 2014-17 serving as the Manager of Player Development and Recruitment as well as the Director of Hockey Operations. Prior to his roles with the WHL, Hill worked as a member of the Ottawa Senators (NHL) marketing department during the 2013-14 season.
Hill was selected in the second round, 40th overall, by the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) in the 2003 WHL Bantam Draft. He spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Rockets winning the 2005 WHL Championship before joining the Regina Pats (WHL) from 2006-2008. In addition, he won gold with Team Canada West in 2004 at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Following four seasons played in the WHL, he played one season (2008-2009) with the Lincoln Stars (USHL) and four seasons (2009-2013) with the University of Waterloo Warriors (U-Sports). Hill graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Recreation and Sports Business.
“Kirt came to us as a very highly recommended up and coming hockey person,” said Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “He had a terrific series of interviews and we believe he has the vision to carry on the Oil Kings legacy of success.”
The Oil Kings also announced today Daniel Troiani has been appointed as Director, Business Operations for the franchise. Troiani has been with OEG for over seven years, with the majority of that spent in the Oil Kings ticket sales department.
Hill’s first act in his new role was also to announce that the Oil Kings have hired Brad Lauer as the team’s Head Coach.
Lauer, 51, brings 15 years of coaching experience, most recently serving as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) for the past three seasons. In 2017-18 he helped coach the Lightning to a 113-point season and first place in the Atlantic Division.
Prior to joining the Lightning, Lauer served as an assistant coach for six seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. He also served as assistant coach for three seasons with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Syracuse Crunch and Milwaukee Admirals and the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Kootenay ICE from 2002-07.
The Humboldt, SK native played in 323 career NHL games as a left-winger with the New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins putting up 111 points (44G, 67A). Lauer was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1985 NHL Draft selected 34thoverall (2ndround).