Oilers hire Brian Wiseman from Michigan as assistant coach


New Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett holds up a jersey during a press conference in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Jason Franson/CP)

The Edmonton Oilers have dipped into the collegiate ranks to find a new assistant coach.

Brian Wiseman joined the Oilers on Tuesday after seven seasons as an assistant with the University of Michigan.

Wiseman joins the coaching staff of new head coach Dave Tippett along with associate coach Jim Playfair, assistant coach Glen Gulutzan, goaltending coach Dustin Schwartz and video coach Jeremy Coupal.

The 48-year-old Wiseman, who also played four seasons at Michican in the early 1990s, was previously an assistant coach with the AHL’s Houston Aeros and helped them reach the Calder Cup final in 2011.

His connection with Tippett dates back to 2002-03 when he was a video coach for the Dallas Stars, where Tippett was head coach.

Tippett says he’s excited to add Wiseman to the staff.

“Brian is a forward-thinking coach with whom I have history as both a player and a coach,” Tippett said in a statement. “He works very well with young players and has a passion for skill development.”

Wiseman is a Chatham, Ont., native who made his NHL debut during the 1996-97 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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