Michigan assistant coach Wiseman leaves for same role with NHL’s Oilers

Brian Wiseman (Michigan - Assistant Coach) - The Boston University Terriers defeated the visiting University of Michigan Wolverines 3-2 on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Brian Wiseman spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan (photo: Melissa Wade).

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Brian Wiseman as an assistant coach.

Wiseman spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at Michigan, where he also had a successful four-year playing career with the Wolverines (1990-94).

“I want to congratulate Coach Wiseman on his opportunity at the next level,” said Michigan coach Mel Pearson in a statement. “I also would like to thank him for the incredible job he has done at Michigan. We want to wish Brian and his family all the best as they begin their new journey.”

“I am very excited to add Brian to our coaching staff,” added Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. “Brian is a forward-thinking coach with whom I have history as both a player and a coach. He works very well with young players and has a passion for skill development.”

A forward during his playing career, Wiseman was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the 12th round (257th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing three games during the 1996-97 season.

Wiseman ranks third all-time in points at Michigan, tallying 348 points (184 goals, 164 assists) in 166 games.