Oilers bring back Gerry Fleming to coach AHL team


Gerry Fleming will remain head coach of the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate, now in Bakersfield.

“Gerry’s attention to detail and ability to develop our young players made him a natural fit to return as head coach,” said Oilers assistant GM Bill Scott in a statement.

Fleming took over from Todd Nelson last season in Oklahoma City, posting a 26-21-3-1 record before helping the Barons to the second round of the playoffs.

Jean-François Houle and Tony Borgford will be Fleming’s assistants.

Fleming, 48, has been coaching in the minors for some time now. He started as an assistant in 1998-99 with the Fredericton Canadiens, under current Habs head coach Michel Therrien.