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07-29-2011, 02:11 AM
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John Muckler, coach

- 2 Stanley Cups as Assistant Coach of the Oilers (1984, 1985)
- 2 Stanley Cups as Co-Coach of the Oilers (1987, 1988)
- 1 Stanley Cup as Head Coach of the Oilers (1990)

- Member of the Canadian coaching staff in the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups

- 276-285-84 regular season record as an NHL head coach
- 36-31 playoff record as NHL head coach

- Coached in three NHL All-Star games
- Third in Jack Adams voting for 1993-94.

- Named "Executive of the Year" in 1996-97 by The Sporting News.

In the minors:

-AHL Coach of the year in 1974-75
-CHL Coach of the year in 1978-79
-Named the top coach in the Minor Leagues by The Sporting News in 1979

His role as assistant/co-coach of the Oilers

Muckler, who is revered by Oilers players for his work as a strategist, has made no secret of his desire to be a head coach.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 28, 1988

Though Muckler was considered a subordinate to Head Coach and General Manager Glen Sather through the 1980s, Oilers players credited him with devising many of the tactics that led to victories in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988. He ran practices, broke down game films and won the respect of such high-profile players as Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 21, 1990

Originally Posted by Yahoo Answers
Q: What exactly was the coaching roles of Glen Sather and John Muckler on the Oilers in the late 80s...?
How do co-coaches work exactly?

A: Sather was the game coach...............Muckler ran the practices (as Sather was GM (and after 1980 President as well)).

During the games Sather was the primary coach and Muckler would provide input based on what had happened in the practices.

There is a YouTube clip of a CBC interview during the 1988 playoffs where they talk about this with **** Irvin (although I can't find it right now)
(obviously not a strong source on its own, but it explains in more detail what the May, 1990 article said about Muckler's role).

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