Vancouver, BC The Vancouver Canucks, in conjunction with the Chicago Wolves, have named Craig MacTavish as Head Coach of the Canucks AHL affiliate today.
“We are thrilled to have Craig join our organization,” said Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable as we continue to develop our players and create a winning environment in Chicago.
MacTavish, 52, becomes the eighth Head Coach in the Wolves’ franchise history. The London, Ontario, native joins the Wolves after eight seasons as Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
During MacTavish’s tenure with the Oilers, he led the team to a 301-252-47-56 record in 656 regular season games from 2000 to 2009. Highlighted by a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2006, MacTavish also posted a career winning record in the playoffs, going 19-17.
MacTavish became the 36th coach in NHL history to win 300-or-more games, accomplishing the feat during the 2008.09 season. At the conclusion of his tenure with the Oilers, MacTavish ranked 36th all-time in wins and 41st in games coached in the history of the NHL.
After leaving the Oilers organization following the 2008.09 season, MacTavish earned a master's degree in business from Queen's University.
Prior to being named Head Coach of Edmonton, MacTavish spent the 1999.00 season as an Assistant Coach with the Oilers and two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers, beginning in 1997.98.
MacTavish also had a long-standing career in the NHL as a player, appearing in 1093 career games and collecting 480 points (213-267-480) and 891 penalty minutes over the course of 17 seasons with the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues. The 6’1”, 195-pound centre played in 193 career playoff games, recording 58 points (20-38-58) and 218 penalty minutes. During his playing career, MacTavish won four Stanley Cups with Edmonton (1986.87, 1987.88 and 1989.90) and New York (1993.94) and played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1995.96.