Getting the band back together: Ex-assistant Moores rejoins Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers brought another familiar face back into the fold on Tuesday, announcing that former assistant coach Billy Moores has been named Director of Coaching Development and Special Projects.

Moores, who first worked with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish on the New York Rangers’ coaching staff, served as MacTavish’s assistant in Edmonton from 2000-09, helping the club advance to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006.

The Moores hire (or, re-hire) is consistent with Edmonton’s “reaching out to our past” philosophy. Last June, MacTavish was brought back into the organization and, in April, named the eighth general manager in club history.

Also in April, the Oilers named Scott Howson their senior VP of hockey operations. Prior to his six-year stint as the GM in Columbus, Howson worked in various capacities within the Edmonton organization, including a spell as an assistant to GM Kevin Lowe.

Lowe, of course, is now the Oilers’ president of hockey operations.

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