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Oilers continue to change coaching staff, hire Thompson as assistant

EDMONTON - Rocky Thompson has been named as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers.

Thompson spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons.

The 36-year-old joins Dallas Eakins' staff along with Craig Ramsay, who was hired earlier this off-season. Thompson and Ramsay replace Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger.

Before working in the Oilers' organization with the Barons, Thompson was an assistant for the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings.

Thompson, a third-round pick of Calgary in 1995, played 25 NHL games for the Flames and Florida Panthers.

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