With 15 seasons of National Hockey League coaching experience, he has served as an NHL head coach for 1,151 games.
Crawford's hiring in Ottawa marks a return to North America after spending the last four seasons as the head coach of the National League A's Zurich Lions in Switzerland. While with the Lions, he earned a record of 125-47-28 over 200 regular-season contests and helped the team capture the league championship following both the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons.
A native of Belleville, Ont., Crawford began his head coaching career with the Ontario Hockey League's Cornwall Royals in 1989. After two seasons as head coach of the Royals, he was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to serve as the head coach of the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs, beginning in 1991. He was recognized with the AHL's Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the League's Coach of the Year following the 1992-93 campaign with St. John's. In three seasons behind the Maple Leafs' bench, his teams advanced to a minimum of the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, which also included an appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in his inaugural season of 1991-92.
Crawford began his NHL head coaching career with the Quebec Nordiques in 1994-95. In his lone season in Quebec, prior to the team's relocation to Denver, Crawford was recognized with the Jack Adams Award after leading the Nordiques to a record of 30-13-5 over a 48-game lockout-shortened season. The following year, the club's first as the Colorado Avalanche, he guided the team to a record of 47-25-10 and an eventual Stanley Cup championship. Ahead of the 2016-17 NHL season, Crawford ranks 18th among all-time NHL head coaches after accumulating 549 victories (and an overall head coaching record of 549-421-103-78) with Quebec, Colorado, the Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars. He remains first among Canucks' all-time coaches in wins having amassed 246 victories over seven seasons in Vancouver.
Internationally, he served as the head coach for Team Canada at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where he helped the team finish first in its pool before falling to the eventual gold medalist Czech Republic in the semifinals. Two years prior to that, he was an assistant coach with Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
As a player, Crawford was selected in the fourth round (70th overall) by the Canucks in the 1980 NHL Draft and appeared in 176 NHL games with Vancouver, registering 50 points (19 goals, 31 assists) and 229 penalty minutes. His professional playing career also included stops with the Central Hockey League's Dallas Black Hawks, the American Hockey League's Fredericton Express and the International Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.
Marc and his wife, Helene, reside in Cornwall, Ont., and have two children, Dylan and Kaitlin.