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David Oliver
Director of Player Development

David Oliver is in his eighth season with the Colorado Avalanche organization and his first as the club's Director of Player Development. He was hired to his new role on July 1, 2014.

Oliver, 43, had spent the last three seasons as Director of AHL Operations for the Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate.

In his current role, Oliver works with Avalanche Assistant General Manager Craig Billington in overseeing the development of all of the franchise's prospects in the professional, junior and college ranks in both North America and Europe.

The Sechelt, B.C., native spent seven seasons with Lake Erie as he joined the club during its inaugural campaign in 2007-08. He spent four seasons as the Monsters' Director of Player Development and General Manager (2007-2011) before being promoted to Director of AHL Operations on July 29, 2011. Under his watch, Lake Erie finished with a 44-28-3-5 record (96 points) in 2010-11 and earned its first playoff berth in franchise history. He also served as an assistant coach for the team over the course of two seasons.

Selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round (144th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Oliver played in 233 career NHL games with the Oilers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars.

Overall, the former right wing spent 13 years in professional hockey, including parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League. He scored 49 goals and added 49 assists for 98 points during his NHL career. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 20, 1995 and went on to lead the Oilers with 16 goals during that shortened season, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to lead the team in scoring. He followed that up with a 20-goal campaign in 1995-96. Oliver's playing career included 10 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Rangers and Stars.

Oliver played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan. He was named the CCHA's Player of the Year in 1993-94.

David and his wife, Shawna, reside in Coldstream, B.C., with their sons, Caden and Layten.
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