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David Oliver
Director of Player Development

David Oliver recently finished his third season as Director of AHL Operations for the Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate, after being named to the position on July 29, 2011. He was promoted to his current position as the Avalanche's Director of Player Development prior to the 2014-15 NHL campaign.

Oliver, 40, has been with Lake Erie since the club's inaugural season of 2007-08. Prior to his current position, he spent four seasons as the Monsters' Director of Player Development and General Manager. Under his watch, Lake Erie finished with a 44-28-3-5 record (96 points) in 2010-11 and earned their first playoff berth in franchise history. He also served as an assistant coach for the team over the past 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.

A native of Sechelt, B.C., 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 Westlake, Ohio with their sons, Caden and Layton.
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