Edmonton Oilers hire Olympic figure skating champ Pelletier as skating coach

Canadian gold medalist David Pelletier, shown here with his partner Jamie Sale, has been hired by the Edmonton Oilers as the NHL team's new skating coach.


EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers have hired Olympic figure skating champion David Pelletier as a skating coach.

Pelletier won a gold medal in pairs with partner Jamie Sale at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The Canadians were awarded gold along with a Russian pair after a judging scandal.

It was Canada’s first Olympic title in pairs in 42 years.

Since the 39-year-old Pelletier retired from professional figure skating, he has served as a power skating coach. He has worked with the Canadian women’s hockey team.

The Oilers announced the hire Wednesday.