July 7, 2014 1:45 pm

Oil Kings promote Hamilton from associate coach to bench boss

Steve Hamilton has been hired as the Edmonton Oil Kings head coach, Monday, July 7, 2014.

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EDMONTON – Steve Hamilton is taking the reigns of the Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

General Manager Randy Hansch announced Monday the promotion of Hamilton from associate coach to head coach.

“Steve has definitely earned this promotion and is ready for the opportunity. He has been a big contributor to our program and our success, and with his experience, the transition will be a smooth one and an important one,” said Hansch.

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Hamilton has spent the past four years with the Oil Kings as an assistant and associate coach.

During his time with the organization the 40-year-old has handled the defence for four straight playoff appearances, three consecutive 50-win seasons, two WHL titles and a Memorial Cup Championship.

Read More: Edmonton Oil Kings win Memorial Cup with 6-3 victory over Guelph Storm

“It’s a big honour, but also something I feel is a big challenge. It’s the next logical step in my coaching career, and I’m very thankful the organization has given me the opportunity,” said Hamilton.

Hamilton becomes the third head coach for the franchise in the modern era after former head coach Derek Laxdal left Edmonton for an opportunity with the Dallas Stars’ American Hockey League affiliate Texas Stars.

Read More: Oil Kings’ Derek Laxdal named head coach of AHL’s Texas Stars

“The results we achieved with Derek Laxdal are some of the most impressive in WHL history, and he will be sorely missed, but I am excited to build on the foundation we have constructed here. The Oil Kings are a terrific organization to be a part of and the success we’ve enjoyed has been truly special,” said Hansch.

Prior to joining the Oil Kings, Hamilton spent four seasons as head coach and general manager of the Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL.

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