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Ex-Sens head coach Craig Hartsburg hired by WHL's Everett Silvertips @NHLdotcom

EVERETT, Wash. - Craig Hartsburg is back in the junior hockey ranks.

The former NHL head coach has been hired as the new head coach of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips, the team announced Tuesday.

Hartsburg returns to the Canadian Hockey League after a disappointing showing with the Ottawa Senators, who cut him loose last February after a 17-24-7 start. The 49-year-old was in the first year of a three-year deal with the Senators he signed in June 2008.

Hartsburg has plenty of junior experience, having coached Canada's gold medal-winning entries in the 2007 and 2008 world junior hockey championships. He also won three division titles in six seasons with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Guelph Storm.

"I'm very excited about the challenge," Hartsburg said in a statement. "Obviously the Silvertips have been a great franchise, and my wife and I are looking forward to moving west. It will be a great opportunity to work with Doug Soetaert and the rest of the staff."

Hartsburg has coached in 491 career NHL games with the Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks.

"I was looking for someone with experience and someone who would be able to take control of the team and guide it to success, and I think we've come up with the right man for the job," Silvertips vice-president and general manager Doug Soetaert said in a statement.

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