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Oilers announce Hockey Operations changes

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe announced today the organization has appointed Craig MacTavish as the club’s new General Manager and named Scott Howson Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations.

MacTavish, 54, rejoined the Oilers organization this season as Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations. Last season he was Head Coach of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, posting the third best record (42-27-7) in the Western Conference.

In 2005-06, MacTavish guided the Oilers to their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1990, as Edmonton fell in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes. After finishing the regular season in eighth place in the NHL’s Western Conference with a 41-28-13 record, MacTavish led the Oilers to within a game of their sixth Stanley Cup championship. In the post season the Oilers went 15-9 and defeated the President Trophy winning Detroit Red Wings, the San Jose Sharks and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on their way to winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as Western Conference Champions.

After being named the eighth coach in Edmonton Oilers history on June 22, 2000, MacTavish compiled a career record of 301-252-103 (.537) in 656 regular season games over a course of eight seasons (2000-01 to 2008-09).

Following the 2008-09 season, MacTavish earned a master’s degree in business from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Scott Howson rejoined the Oilers organization on March 12, 2013 as a Pro Scout, after five and a half seasons as General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets (2007-2013).

During his time with the Blue Jackets, Howson compiled a 173-190-59 record and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2008-09, losing in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Toronto, Ontario native was the Oilers Assistant to the General Manager in 2000 and served as the clubs Assistant General Manager from 2001-2007, working beside General Manager Kevin Lowe with the day to day Hockey Operations.

Prior to his arrival in Edmonton, Howson spent six years with the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliates. As General Manager of the Cape Breton Oilers from 1994-96, he oversaw the franchise's move to Hamilton in 1996 and was the Bulldogs' General Manager from 1996-02.

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